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Track: Relay shines for Tribe boys at Wilsonville Invitational

Scappoose and St. Helens had more than a handful of highlights at the Wilsonville Invitational on April 19.


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose senior Mychal Hortert sets up for the 400 meter run during the Indians' icebreaker meet with Cascade and St. Helens on March 20. Hortert runs a leg of the 4x400 meter relay, which is the fastest in the state this year at the 4A level.

Scappoose and St. Helens at Wilsonville 4/19

The Scappoose boys are up to their same ol' bag of tricks. Last week, they set the top times in the state for the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. This last weekend at the Wilsonville Invitational, they did it again.

The mark in the 4x100 relay still has yet to be touched, but the 4x400 time was busted by more than a second, setting a new standard at 3 minutes, 26.65 seconds. They're now less than two seconds off their 2013 school record in the event, with still a month left until the district competition at Yamhill-Carlton High School on May 15 and 16.

Though they took a half-step backward in the 4x100 meter relay, the Indians still won the event by nearly a second, beating out a handful of 5A and 6A schools to claim first in both relay races. The relay members faired well individually, with Nick Rust taking third in the 100 meters with a new PR of 11.41 seconds, and sophomore Jarrett White taking sixth at 11.64 seconds.

Justice Oman and Rust finished fourth and fifth in the 200 meter finals, with Oman taking the 400 meter event ahead of fellow senior Mychal Hortert in third.

The St. Helens boys also broke into the spotlight in Wilsonville, though without the same success in the sprinting events.

Senior Thomas Hughes won the 300 meter hurdles and took second in the 110 meter event, finishing with season PRs in both races. Hughes has gotten a little faster with every attempt at the 300 meter race, knocking off almost a half-second from his second-place finish at the Lower Columbia Invitational on April 12.

The Lions also got a new season PR from senior Bryan Strang in the 3000 meters at nine minutes, 30.66 seconds, almost 15 seconds faster than his previous time, and only 10 seconds behind his lifetime PR of 9:20.34.

Senior Jacob Zartman still has yet to finish outside of the top-spot in the shot-put competition, throwing 48 feet, 2.5 inches to claim first, about a foot off his lifetime PR set at the Lower Columbia Invitational.

Scappoose's Kenny Klippel won the discus event with a toss of 137 feet, four inches and finished seventh in the javelin.

St. Helens senior Chris Gray broke 13 feet for the first time in his career to win the pole vault, improving by a foot over his 2013 mark, and by a mile since his freshmen season.

The Scappoose boys took third at the meet with 66 points behind Heritage (Wash.) with 72 and Central Catholic (6A) with 70.5. points. Host Wilsonville took fourth, and St. Helens tied Crescent Valley for fifth with 46 points.

Girls' Results

Tribe senior Charlie Davidson might have run nine seconds slower than her best mark from last season in the 1500 meter run at the Wilsonville Invitational on Friday, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Davidson ran a 4:51, taking second in the race behind West Salem's Brooke Chuhlantseff.

Sophomore Eleanor Jones also made a mark for the Indians, taking second place in the 100 meter hurdles and finishing eighth in the 300 meter hurdles. Senior Abby Kessi took eighth in the 800 meter race as the final Indian to make the top ten.

St. Helens was led by another solid performance from senior Kylie Reinholdt in the triple jump and long jump competitions, finishing second and third respectively. Reinholdt was just 6.5 inches off her season PR in the triple jump, and was two and a quarter inches away from her best long jump mark of the year.

Scappoose at Banks 4/23

Once again, the Scappoose boys' team showed off their speed, dominating the sprints in Wednesday's Cowapa League meet with Yamhill-Carlton, Tillamook and Banks.

Senior Justice Oman ran the 100 meters for the first time this season, winning the event and inching toward his personal record, running an 11.66. Jarett White and Carson Davison came in third and fourth. Oman took second in the 200 meters, and the senior duo of Matt Shoun and Nick Rust finished first and second respectively in the 400. Senior Dan Carrier won the 800, coming just four seconds off a lifetime PR.

Junior David Krupsky swept the hurdles events, and the Indians got top-two finishes in all three throwing events from senior Kenny Klippel, who won the shot put with a new personal record throw of 46 feet, 6.5 inches.

On the girls' side, senior Charlie Davidson made herself heard, winning the 400, taking second in the 200 and running a leg in the 4x400 meter relay, which the Indians won handily. Scappoose also got trio of wins from Eleanor Jones, who partnered with Davidson in the 4x400 and swept the hurdles events. Senior Abby Kessi rounded off a balanced meet for the Indians by winning the 1500 meter run with a season-best time of 5:29.31.

St. Helens at Putnam 4/23

St. Helens walked home with victories on both the boys' and girls side of things in their dual meet with Putnam on Wednesday, beating the Kingsmen boys 87-55 and topping the girls 96-45.

Senior standout Jacob Zartman dominated the throwing events, winning the discus, javalin and setting a new lifetime PR of 49 feet, 10.5 inches in the shot put.

Thomas Hughes won both hurdle events – again – and fellow senior Bryan Strang swept the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs. Tanner Long set a new personal record in the 200 meters, winning the event with a time of 23.79 seconds.

Lionssenior Kylie Reinholdt came alive once again, winning the 100 meters, triple jump and long jump events. The long jump win was exceptional: Reinholdt lept 17 feet, one inch on Wednesday, breaking her old personal record by five inches and moving to fourth in the state so far this season. The best mark, held by Tieara Norman of Milwaukie, is 17-6.5.

Wilsonville Team Scores

Boys

1 Heritage 72

2 Central Catholic 70.5

3 Scappoose 66

4 Wilsonville 63

5 Crescent Valley 46.5

5 St. Helens 46

7 West Salem 42.5

8 West Linn 40

9 Aloha 38.5

10Forest Grove 32.5

Girls

1 Central Catholic 82

2 Wilsonville 76

3 Hermiston 71

4 Mountain View 52

5 Corvallis 48

6 Battle Ground 47

7 West Salem 40

8 Glencoe 39.5

8 West Linn 39

10 Heritage 37.5

13 Scappoose 21

15 St. Helens 14