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Girls track team squeaks out a close win

Lopsided win in the final race lands Sandy the winning points over Milwaukie


by: THE POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Zayna Salveter holds off Milwaukies Cordaja Ware at the finish line in the 400-meter relay.The young track and field team at Sandy grew up a little bit on Wednesday as both the boys’ and girls’ squads toppled Milwaukie.

Sandy’s boys saw some success in the field events, but they earned their 79-66 victory on the racetrack. They won five of the eight individual races, but more importantly, the Pioneers took the top two spots in three events. Sophomore Robert Bierly did the most on the track by winning the 400 meter (54.16) and the 300 meter hurdles (42.35).

In the two relays, Sandy won almost by default. In the 4 X 100 meter relay, Milwaukie had the 100-meter winner Dominique Meade as its lead leg. Meade dashed out to an early advantage and it looked like the Mustangs were going to gallop away with it. The Pioneers’ fortunes turned when Milwaukie botched the first baton-exchange, warranting disqualification. Sandy just had to hold onto the baton for the rest of the race to win, which it did.

Milwaukie again shot itself in the foot in the 4 X 400 meter relay. While Sandy ran a modest, but clean race, the Mustangs scratched. The Pioneers had what was essentially an automatic win for the second time.

Milwaukie did make up ground in the field events to make it close. In the shot put, Sandy’s Kevin TenEyck wowed onlookers when he eclipsed the 43-foot chalk line in the preliminary round. Those onlookers were rendered speechless when Milwaukie’s Jake Leary surpassed TenEyck’s mark by four feet. In the final round, Leary was again four feet better (47-11 1/2) than TenEyck (43-11).

It was the same story in the discus where TenEyck torched everyone (129-0) only to be out-tossed by Leary (139-7). Leary’s effort made the meet more competitive, but didn’t swing things in Milwaukie’s favor far enough.

? The lady Pioneers faced a bigger challenge from the Mustangs, but pulled out a 74-71 win.

Sandy sophomore Zayna Salveter proved her worth as the school’s top female sprinter as she provided major contributions to the victory. After finishing second in the 100 to Milwaukie’s Cordaja Ware, Salveter responded by winning the 200 (27.33), besting Ware by more than four-tenths of a second (27.75).

Salveter also anchored the Pioneers in the 4 X 100 and the 4 X 400, both Sandy wins. She and the Pioneers outlasted Ware and the Mustangs in the 4 X 100 (52.97) by just two-tenths of a second, but smoked them by more than 15 seconds in 4 X 400 (4:23.28). Both relay wins were paramount in Sandy’s narrow team victory.

Two of Salveter’s relay mates likewise had individual success. Junior Dalen Richardson, who joined Salveter in the 4 X 400, took first in the 300 meter hurdles (51.6) and was in contention in the 1500 meter. She and Milwaukie’s Sasha Gonzalez started the distance race side-by-side and ran right next to each other for the first 1200 meters. Richardson maintained the same pace for the last 300 meters, but Gonzalez (5:05.35) flowed into a sprint that put her across the finish line about nine seconds ahead of Richardson (5:14.56).

In the field events, junior Kaitlyn Klahn’s abilities allowed Sandy to keep pace with Milwaukie. She won both the pole vault (8-6) and the triple jump (34-7 1/4) by at least a foot. In the middle of dominating those events, Klahn took a break to help the Pioneers win the 4 X 100.