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St. Helens High track teams tough it out at Polar Bear Invite

St. Helens uses meet to set base marks for season
by: John Brewington QUICK START—St. Helens’ Alex Lull gets off to a fast start in the 400 meter race during last Wednesday’s Polar Bear Invitational at Westview High School. Lull finished a respectable third against Central Catholic and Westview.

The St. Helens Lions didn't let the cold or the rain bother them too much in an incredibly slow meet at Westview High last Wednesday.

While some of the Lions' top athletes laid off participating in the Polar Bear Invite due to either illness, nagging injuries or ineligibility, many of the younger athletes did compete and they had some success.

'Most of the injuries are small ones,' longtime St. Helens coach Gerry Tinkle said, 'but with the severe conditions, we didn't want to chance it. Overall we had some good performances despite the cold and rain. There weren't any good marks in those conditions, just good performances.'

Tinkle praised many of the efforts.

'Jake Ramiskey did well in the high jump and triple jump. Ryan Byrd had a good 800 meters and a great leg in the 4x400. Kendrick Alvarez had two good hurdle races. Kylie Reinholdt didn't let the rain bother her in the jumps and the 100. Regan Duarte, who has only been throwing the shot for two weeks, took first. I was quite pleased with how we kept our focus,' he said.

It's not going to be an easy battle for the Lions this season in the Northwest Oregon Conference, either for the girls or boys.

'The league is really tough in the girls. There are a lot of good teams. We are hoping to be in the middle,' Tinkle said. 'The boys are among the top three. Milwaukie and Wilsonville both look good on paper. There is a bit of a gap after that, but there is a long way to go yet. We don't have a lot of depth in some events.'

The Lions do have athletes that competed at state returning. The top returner is Will Lawrence, who took second in the state in the 400, and broke a school record with a time of 49.51. Lawrence was at Wednesday's meet, preferring not to test a couple minor injuries he is recovering from. The next meet is at Milwaukie on April 4, giving him three weeks.

Dumitri Malnasi was home ill on Wednesday. He competed in state in the high jump and the long jump. He was sixth in the high jump at 6-feet, 2-inches and fourth in the long jump at 21-1.25.

Malnasi, Lawrence, and Alex Lull were three of the four legs in the 4x400 that also went to state. They strayed out of a lane and were DQ'd, but should be back strong in that event.

St. Helens follows the trip to Milwaukie with their first home meet on April 11 and then host the Lower Columbia Invitational the next Saturday, April 14.

St. Helens finishes :

Boys

100-3) Jeff Steinke, 12.54; 13) Tanner Long, 13.11; 23) Chris Downing, 13.39; 24) Justin Helgerson, 13.73. 200-11) Chris Coppock, :26.10; 12) Kyle Vandercook, :26.20; 14) Dallas Thompson, :26.62; 18) Doug Fulcher, :27.21. 400-3) Alex Lull, :55.71. 800-2) Ryan Byrd, 1:59.64; 8) Nathan Reed, 2:20.28; 13) Casey Cooke, 2:30.93. 1500-11) Tanner Boyle, 5:04.22; 18) Fuller Worman, 5:18.01. 3000-10) Logan Fox, 10:34.81. 300 Hurdles-1) Kendrick Alvarez, :44.47; 2) Thomas Hughes, :46.30. 4x100 Relay-5) St. Helens (Kyle Vandercook, Jeff Steinke, Chris Downing, Kendrick Alvarez), 47.00; 8) St. Helens B (Max Bollweg, Justin Helgerson, Gage Baumgardner, Zach Burns), :52.50. 4x400 Relay-7) St. Helens B (Tanner Boyle, Worman, Casey Cooke, Fulcher), 4:25.61.

Shot Put-6) Joshua Hughes, 34-8; 8) Corey West, 32-7; 10) Dallin Opdahl, 32-1; 14) Dillon Crook, 29-5. Discus-1) West, 114-1; 2) Hughes, 106-10; 3) Micah Pletsch, 103-0; 8) Nathan Reed, 83-0. Javelin-4) Reed, 131-7; 6) Dummer, 127-10; 7) Crook, 127-1; 9) West, 105-3. High Jump-1) Jake Ramiskey, 5-10; 3) Jared Bonney, 5-4; 5) Gage Baumgardner, 4-10. Pole Vault-2) Levi Luttrell, 8-6; T-8) Jessie Vanderwall, 6-6; 11) Chris Gray, 6-0. Long Jump-10) Thompson, 16-10; 11) Chris Gray, 16-7; 16) Baumgardner, 14-11. Triple Jump-3) Ramiskey, 37-8; 6) Long, 35-1; 8) Justin Helgerson, 32-11.

Girls

100-6) Kylie Reinholdt, 14.33; 13) Sara Hanna, 14.81; 14) Sydney Nett, 14.90; 20) Chloe Settle, 15.43. 200-6) Mary Luttrell, 29.78; 17) Lucy Kyle-Milward, 31.97; 23) Sierra Castro, 33.05; 24) Isabella Williams, 33.23. 400-5) Mikalah Ball, 1:21.49. 800-9) Jamie Bradford, 3:00.78; 16) Giada Nicotera, 3:52.52. 1500-12) Taylor Steeves, 6:05.16; 17) Stephanie Pfau, 6;43.54; 20) Megan Barnes, 6:45.80. 100 Hurdles-6) Alyna Habel, 20.02. 300 Hurdles-7) Habel, 59.00. 4x100 Relay-4) St. Helens (Reinholdt, Sydney Nett, Settle, Hanna), 56.94; 5) St. Helens B (Habel, Mary Luttrell, Shaunte Sanchez, Castro), 58.97. 4x400 Relay-5) St. Helens (Kyle-Milward, Hanna, Nett, Bradford), 4:55.65; 7) St. Helens B (Taylor Steeves, Stephanie Pfau, Megan Barnes, Cynthia Fenrich), 5:12.72.

Shot Put-1) Regan Duarte, 28-0; 2) Dana Sukau, 25-4; 3) Tatyana Collier, 22-7; 5) Mikela Heimuller, 22-0; 7) Clairenda Hart, 21-3; Discus-1) Sukau, 76-0; 4) Chelsea Rennie, 64-3; 6) Clairenda hart, 56-3; 7) Tatyana Collier, 54-1; 8) Duarte, 52-3; 12) Heimuller 48-6. Javelin-2) Sukau, 93-5; 3) Rennie, 67-8; 5) Duarte, 59-6. High Jump-1) Reinholdt, 5-0. Pole Vault-3) Kyle-Milward, 6-0. Long Jump-6) Haley Twilleager, 13-3; 9) Ball, 12-4; 14) Williams, 11-6.5. Triple Jump-1) Reinholdt, 32-7; 4) Twilleager, 30-0.