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Throwers pace boys team to its first league win

Sandy topples Putnam with sweeps in four events


by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Kevin TenEyck lets loose with his final throw in the shot put which vaulted him to the top of the leader board. MILWAUKIE — The Sandy boys track team got on the winning track Wednesday with an 89-55 victory over Rex Putnam, powered in large part by the team’s throwing crew.

The group set the tone early in the day with Kevin TenEyck and Christopher Salmela combining for a 1-2 finish in the shot put. Salmela held the top spot through most of the competition before TenEyck launched the metal ball 44 feet on his final attempt to take the win.

“I’ve really been working on being quick through the ring, and on that last one everything just clicked,” TenEyck said. “Once it left my hand, I knew I had a good throw.”

Meanwhile, on a nearby runway teammate Josh Visan was locked into a tight battle with Putnam’s Justin Sauer in the javelin. Visan led by a few feet heading into the finals and held on to those first-place points by breaking his personal best twice. His best throw came on his last attempt when he launched the spear 147-feet-10-inches just inside the left boundary.

“We were throwing into that wind today, and I think it actually helped. I knew I needed to throw it a little harder to get those couple extra feet,” Visan said. “Plus, having a little sunshine out here helps — not having it hailing down on you.”

The Pioneers completed the throws with Justin Bruner pacing a sweep in the discus (114-10), as Sandy outscored the Kingsmen 23-4 in the three events.

“Getting those top finishes is a good thing, and we’re looking to do that as many times as we can this season,” TenEyck said.

Sandy’s distance crew was even more dominant not surrendering a single point in its three races.

The biggest challenge came in the first event where Kennedy Salveter led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,500 (4:37.31). He stayed just behind teammate Brody White before breaking into the lead on the final straightaway. The two Sandy runners were well ahead of the pack throughout the four-lap race.

That left Sandy’s Jimmy Frasier battling a group of Putnam runners for third-place honors — a quest that included some bumping bodies as the runners came off the turn to begin the bell lap. With the end in sight, Frasier broke loose from the pack of yellow shirts and separated himself by about 15 meters. Putnam’s Logan Anspach made a late surge, but Frasier managed to hit the finish line still several strides in front.

White won the 800 (2:15.87), beating Salveter by .02 hundredths, while Marques Gatchell won the 3,000 (10:53.49). Frasier won the 400 (53.96).

Other Sandy winners were Robert Bierly in the 300 hurdles (44.80) and Zach Moore in the triple jump (38-9).

View an online photo gallery of the meet at daveball.exposuremanager.com.