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Track: Tribe boys 4x400 sets fastest Oregon time

Scappoose got an incredible performance from their boys' 4x400 relay team, which won the even in 3:22.27 to claim the top time in the state across all six divisions


There must be something special about the track surface at Jesuit High School. Oregon’s top three times in the boys’ 4x400 meter relay were set at the Jesuit/Nike Twilight Relays on Friday evening, and once again the boys from Scappoose have firmly planted themselves in the state championship conversation, winning the event and breaking another school record with a state-best 3:22.27.

For the second weekend in a row, the Indians stepped up on a massive stage. On April 26, Scappoose snapped the school record with a second place finish at the Centennial Invitational with 47 boys’ teams looking on. On May 2, with Mychal Hortert stepping back in for Braden Clark, they did it against the best competition in the state, beating Sheldon, Canby Jesuit, Barlow and Central Catholic. They lead all 4A teams by five full seconds in the event, far ahead of Ridgeview.

And also for the second week in a row, Scappoose raised the bar for the school record in the 4x100 meter relay. The old team of Justice Oman, Jarrett White, Matt Shoun and Nick Rust ran it in 43.25 seconds, taking eighth at Jesuit and staying atop the Class 4A rankings.

The relays were where the Indians made their biggest splash, as only a handful of events qualified for the highly competitive meet.

Senior Kenny Klippel competed in two of the three throwing events, tossing 45-2.5 in the shot put and taking seventh place in the discus with a new lifetime PR of 149 feet, 11 inches.

Junior Dan Carrier finished just five seconds off his career-best mark in the 3,000, running the event in 9:21.84 to take 21st.

Senior Charlie Davidson made a major push in the girls’ 1,500 to take 14th and jump ahead of Shaylen Crook of Marshfield in the Class 4A 1,500 meter times.

Eleanor Jones ran the fastest time of any girl from a 4A school in the 100 meter hurdles and finished with her best mark in several weeks.

The Indians also got impressive improvements from both relay teams. The 4x100 team of Jones, Alix Raya, Haley Wight and Nicole Andreotti set a new season record at 52.39. Davidson, Wight and Jones combined with Abby Kessi to improve their old record by eight seconds in the 4x400 relay, running in 4 minutes, 10.71 seconds.