Warren qualifies for state in three events
PORTLAND — It's definitely been a different experience this year for C.S. Lewis Academy students Elizabeth Warren, Elon Grobey and Trevor Ambrose, as the trio comprise all of this year's track and field team.
The upside of the small team has been focused workouts and those paid dividends Saturday, especially for Warren, at the 1A Casco League/Valley 10 District championships at Portland Christian.
Warren finished just off her personal record in winning the 400 (1:02.76) and set new ones to place second in both the 100 (13.42) and 200 (27.70) and qualify for the upcoming state meet in all three events.
"I just want to keep pushing," Warren said. "Hopefully I'll get better times and can PR in the 400. That would be great."
Trevor Ambrose's performance Saturday, which included a fifth-place showing in the 100 (12.09), an eighth in the 200 (25.29) and a 10th in the javelin (119-8), has coach Joan Littlefield feeling like the sophomore is poised to breakout next season.
"He just continues to improve and he's a real student of the sport, so I'm excited to see what the future holds for him. He's got a lot of raw talent."
On the flip side, senior Elon Grobey saw his career end in disheartening fashion as he suffered a hamstring injury on his first attempt of finals in the long jump. He still placed fifth at 18-10.5, but was unable to compete in the finals of the 100 or 200.
"It wasn't worth the risk to him of having a serious injury and I felt he really handled the situation — I'm sure he was disappointed — with a lot of grace," Littlefield said. "He's a mature kid and he just focused his energy on really supporting his teammates."
Girls track and field
Tri-River Conference — Jennifer Hernandez won both the triple jump (32-9.75) and long jump (15-11) to lead St. Paul to fourth place (101). The 4 x 400 relay team also won in 4:21.75, but the 4 x 100 relay group was disqualified. Rachel Vela also placed second in the 400 (1:04.27) to qualify for the state meet.
Boys track and field
Tri-River Conference — The Bucks placed fifth with 77 points after getting second-place finishes from the 4 x 400 relay (3:37.29) and Alex Dela Cerda in the javelin (127-10).
Girls rugby 10s
Newberg 63, Centennial 10 — The Eagles competed with just nine players and the Tigers took advantage, jumping out to a 31-0 lead at the half. Newberg will face Columbia Christian Saturday in the fifth-place match.
St. Paul 8, Kennedy 0 — The Bucks led 1-0 for most of the game, then exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh Friday night at Wilsonville High School to extend their winning streak to eight games. St. Paul (11-8, 10-3) sits in a second-place tie with the Trojans (17-5, 10-3) and will close out the regular season Wednesday versus first-place Regis. With a win, the Bucks would secure one of the league's last two playoff spots, but with a loss and a split between Kennedy and fourth-place Western Mennonite in their two-game series, the Bucks would face the Pioneers in a play-in game Saturday in Salem.
Newberg 3, Lakeridge 0 — The Tigers (8-16, 5-12 Three Rivers League) finished off a three-game sweep of the Lakers to place sixth in the league and qualified for a 6A play-in game versus Lake Oswego Tuesday (results unavailable at press time).
Newberg 16, Glencoe 4 — The Tigers closed out the regular season with a win May 9 and qualified for the OGLA's second-tier playoff as the No. 11 seed. Newberg played at No. 6 seed Oregon City Tuesday in the first round (results unavailable at press time).