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Cristian Morris qualifies for state meet in four events

by: DAN BROOD - BIG MEET -- Sherwood senior Jessica Imbrie finishes first in her preliminary heat of the 400-meter dash. She ended up winning a district title in both that race and the 200.MILWAUKIE — Cristian Morris wasn’t sure he was going to compete at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Track and Field Championships.

It’s something he had to think about.

After all, the Sherwood High School senior suffered a hamstring injury during the Bowmen’s second meet of the season, and he also has what looks to be a promising college football career ahead of him at Idaho State University.

It wasn’t an easy decision.

“I had to sit down and make a decision with my family,” Morris said. “I decided to come back and do what I could do.”

Well, as it turned out, Morris could do a lot.

Despite not being in top condition, Morris turned in some strong performances at the NWOC district meet, held last Thursday and Friday at Rex Putnam High School.

“It’s tough,” Morris said last Thursday. “My hamstring feels fine, but I’m not in top condition. I really want to help our relays out.”

Following the district meet, Morris had another week to work on his conditioning before competing at the Class 5A State Track and Field Championships.

The top two finishers in every event at the district meet, as well as those individuals or relay teams that meet state qualifying standards, advance to compete at the Class 5A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Morris, who placed second in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes at last year’s state event, will be busy at this year’s state meet, as he qualified to compete in four events, including both relays.by: DAN BROOD - LET IT FLY -- Sherwood freshman Payge Cuthbertson is getting ready to fling the javelin during competition last Thursday at the NWOC meet.

At the district meet, he teamed with senior Emil Eriksson, junior Cole Nixon and junior Hunter Pfefferkorn to finish in first place in the 4 x 400 relay in a time of 3:25.59. In the 4 x 100 relay, the same Bowmen foursome placed second with a mark of 43.62.

“I’m proud of our relays,” Morris said.

Morris also qualified for state in a pair of individual events. He placed second in the 100 at district in a time of 11.26 and he was second in the 200 with a time of 22.92.

The Sherwood boys had plenty of other success at the district event.

Pfefferkorn ran to victory in the 400 in a time of 50.26. Senior Cody Thompson had a winning mark of 1:58.58 in the 800.

Sherwood brothers Ben and Zach Milligan had a one-two finish in the high jump. Younger brother Ben Milligan, a Bowmen sophomore, took the top spot with a height of 6 feet, 5 inches. Zach Milligan, a Sherwood senior, was second at 6-3.

Sherwood senior Logan Smith earned a state bid in the shot put with his second-place throw of 48-8.75.

by: DAN BROOD - FINISHING FAST -- Sherwood High School senior Cristian Morris (center) runs to victory in his preliminary heat of the 200-meter dash last Thursday at the Northwest Oregon Conference district track and field meet. Morris qualified for the Class 5A state meet in four events.The Sherwood boys finished in second place in the team standings with a score of 107 points.

The Sherwood girls did that one better, as they claimed the district meet team championship with a score of 148.5.

The Lady Bowmen looked to have a lot of competitors contribute to the team title.

Senior Jessica Imbrie sprinted to a pair of victories for the Sherwood girls. She won the 200 in a time of 26.00 and she had a winning mark of 58.07 in the 400.

The Cuthbertson sisters came up big for Sherwood in the throws as, between the two of them, they qualified in all three throwing events.

Freshman Payge Cuthbertson got things started on Thursday, as she placed second in the javelin with a throw of 120-5.

Her big throw came on her first attempt of the competition, and it bettered her previous best in the event by about seven feet.

“I came out ready to throw,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting this at all, but getting that 120 got me excited.”

She’s now hoping for good things at the upcoming state meet.

“I hope to do just as well, maybe better,” she said.

On Friday at district, junior Elyse Cuthbertson triumphed in the discus with a throw of 117-2. She also qualified for state in the shot put with her second-place mark of 36-5.5.

Sherwood senior Emily Sackinger cleared 10-0 to claim the district title in the pole vault.

Also for the Sherwood girls at district, sophomore Rebekah Quaglio took second place in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 16.66 and sophomore Mikala Otto took second place in the long jump with a distance of 16-5.

Field event competition at the state meet is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Friday, with running events beginning at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, the first Class 5A field event is slated for 10:45 a.m. with running finals starting at 12:30 p.m.

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