St. Helens boys race past Hillsboro in NWOC track opener
The St. Helens boys track and field team got it done.
The Lions, facing Hillsboro at Hare Field in their 2018 Northwest Oregon Conference opener on Wednesday, took it to the Spartans, winning 11 of the meet's 16 events to lead the way to their 88-56 victory.
St. Helens senior Daniel Lujano was nearly unstoppable in the meet, winning three individual events — the 110-meter high hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump — and also running on the Lions' second-place team in the 4 x 100 relay.
In the high hurdles, Lujano set the pace with a winning time of 16.39 seconds to edge senior teammate Dakotah Camberg and his runner-up time of 16.53.
In the jumps, Lujano leapt 19 feet, 10.25 inches to take top honors in the long jump (again with Camberg second, this time at 19-0.25), while in the triple jump, he posted a winning mark of 42-8.75 to easily outdistance freshman teammate Nathan Huck's runner-up total of 37-9.25. Lujano's triple jump mark is the third-best mark in the state among Class 5A boys.
Sophomore Waylon Nichols was a two-time winner for the Lions, taking the 1,500 with a time of 4:37.97 (to beat Hillsboro runner-up Jake Maze by almost 10 seconds) and coming back later in the meet to set the pace in the 800 with a time of 2:17.44 (with sophomore teammate Cooper Montgomery second at 2:19.43).
Other winners for the St. Helens boys included: sophomore Logan Page in the 200 at 23.35; sophomore Cooper Montgomery in the 3,000 at 10:46.42; senior Hans Hughes in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 46.05; junior Daniel Suon in the discus with a mark of 119-2; sophomore Tanner McTeigue in the javelin with a throw of 117-11; and Camberg in the high jump with a winning height of 6-7 (the best jump in the state among 5A boys).
Hillsboro winners were: senior Daekwon Mitchell in the 100 at 11.51; junior Daniel Popovych in the 400 at 54.29; the 4 x 100 team of Mitchell, Popovych, Beni Lacatus and Isaiah DiRienzo at 44.60; the 4 x 400 relay team of Mitchell, Popovych, DiRienzo and Thomas Johnson at 3:44.29; senior Greyson Shufelt in the shot put at 41-8; and senior Tommy Ly in the pole vault at 9-6.
In the day's girls meet, the Spartans turned the tables on the Lions, winning nine events to power their 82.5-53.5 victory.
Despite the loss, there were plenty of bright spots for the Lions, with individual event winners including: freshman Savannah Moore in the 100 at 13.43; sophomore McKenzie Carlson in the 200 at 28.74; junior Cheyenne Trainer in the 800 at 2:42.80; and senior Taskca Benjamin in the 3,000 with a 13:12.08.
The Lions also swept the day's two relays, with the 4 x 100 relay team of Moore, Kendra Vandercook, Isabelle Wallace and Isabella Nelson with a 52.34, while the 4 x 400 team of Carlson, Trainer, Anessa Mandella and Wallace winning at 4:31.63.
For the Spartans, junior Kayla Mitchell was Hillsboro's lone two-time winner, taking top honors in the long jump at 15-4 and winning the triple jump with a 30-5.50.
Other Hillsboro winners were: Lily-Rose Warren in the 400 at 1:07.17; Summer Nelson in the 1,500 at 5:58.69; Rian Porter in the 100 high hurdles at 17.55; Madeline Lambing in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 52.45; Riana Jenkins in the shot put at 33-7.5; Naomi Johnson in the discus at 119-2; Hannah Blomenkamp in the javelin at 91-4; and Savanna Weight in the high jump at 4-11.
Neither team had an athlete clear a height in the pole vault.
Next up, St. Helens will host Wilsonville and Sandy at 4 p.m. Wednesday.