Horizon Christian teams turn in strong marks in opener

WEST LINN — Impressive victories.

Promising performances. And a school record added in.

Put it all together, and you’ve got a strong start to the season for the Horizon Christian High School track and field teams.

The Hawks got their season started on a strong note as they competed against Class 6A powers Tualatin and West Linn in a season-opening three-way non-league meet held March 13 at West Linn High DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Horizon Christian senior Grant Phillips is ready to set sail with the discus during last week's meet at West Linn. Phillips won both the discus and the shot put events at the meet.

The Horizon Christian girls finished in third place in the team standings at the meet with 21 points. Tualatin was first with a score of 70 and West Linn was second at 21.

Sophomore Hannah Cesario had a big day for the Hawks at the meet. She won the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 40.56 seconds and she set a new school record in the 1,500 with her third-place time of 5:24.69.

Also for the Horizon Christian girls, sophomore Anna Petrone triumphed in the shot put with a throw of 28 feet, 3 inches. Senior Mary Auxier had a winning throw of 76-1 in the discus.

Sophomore Grace Phillips tied for the top mark in the high jump by clearing 4-6.

Senior Grant Phillips led the way for the Horizon Christian boys at the meet. Phillips was victorious in the shot put with a mark of 42-0 and he had a winning throw of 128-9 in the discus.

Senior Tyler Forrester sprinted to second place in the 200 in 24.46. He also teamed with freshman Matthew Leong, junior Gabe Nielsen and junior Mitchell Iliyn to place second in the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 46.45.

Nielsen also had a second-place mark of 18-0 in the long jump. Senior Dallas Davies placed third in the discus with a toss of 115-8.

The Horizon Christian boys finished in third place in the team standings at the event with 17 points. Tualatin was first with a score of 66.83 and West Linn was second at 62.33.

The Horizon Christian squads will be back in action today (Thursday), when they compete at the West Valley League icebreaker meet at Dayton. Field events start at 3:30 p.m. and running events will begin at 4 p.m.

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