Wilsonville sweeps the opening track dual of the season

The Sandy track and field team had plenty of ups and downs as it hosted Wilsonville in the first meet of the season. Some athletes showed signs of offseason rust, but others appeared to be in midseason form.

“That was pretty much what I expected in the first meet of the year,” Sandy coach Anouxa Vixathep said. “We have some kinks to get fixed, but we hit some good marks too.”

Ryan Skidmore was the first Pioneer to make a statement in Wednesday’s meet. Skidmore took to the long jump in the day’s first event with the intent to show he belonged, despite being just a sophomore. He blew everyone away in the preliminaries by leaping 20 feet-9-inches. That jump was the best by any boy entering the finals.

In the final round, Wilsonville jumper Austin Barnes kept the pressure on Skidmore by recording a distance of 20-2 1/2. Skidmore stayed composed and matched his preliminary jump by again catapulting himself 20 feet, nine inches to win the event.

“We are a young team, but we are talented,” Vixathep said. “We had some good events, so I am pretty pleased with the way things went, overall.”

Skidmore was also part of Sandy’s winning 4 X 400 meter relay team, along with Robert Bierly, Kennedy Salveter and Jimmy Frasier.

In the discus, Sandy swept the top three spots. Kevin TenEyck dominated the field with a throw of 128-5. Adam Shull and Christopher Salmela delivered throws that fell about 17 feet short of TenEyck, but still placed them second and third.

Other Sandy winners on the boys side included Zach Moore in the triple jump and Nathan Miller on the high jump.

? The outcome of the girls’ competition was much like that of the boys – Sandy performed well in the field events, but Wilsonville controlled the races.

Kaitlyn Klahn was the big winner for the Pioneers as she took first place in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump. She successfully cleared the bar at the eight-foot level to edge fellow Pioneer Paola Phipps in the pole vault. In the long jump, Klahn’s leap of 16-3 was more than a foot farther than that of any other competitor. Klahn’s distance of 34-7 1/2 in the triple jump bested everyone else in the competition by more than three feet.

In the high jump, Sandy teammates Virginia O’Regan and Rebekah Mather shared first place honors as they both slid over the bar at four feet, eight inches. Over on the shot put field, Rachel McKinnis earned another victory for Sandy with a toss of 34-7 1/2. The next farthest throw was seven and a half feet shy of McKinnis’ distance.

On the track, Phipps took home the win in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.69 seconds. She was the only girl to break the 18-second mark and she led the contest from start to finish. In the 3,000 meters, Dalen Richardson dusted her opponents by crossing the finish line more than half a minute ahead of anyone.

Sandy’s Madison Kansala nearly upset Wilsonville’s Alexandra Bourque in the 300-meter hurdles. Bourque held a comfortable lead over Kansala for most of the race, but she stumbled over the last hurdle. That allowed Kansala to close the gap and it was a mad dash to the line. Bourque was clearly slowed down by the trip, but she maintained enough speed to sneak past Kansala.

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