The brothers Milligan claim the top spots in the high jump

by: DAN BROOD - GOING HIGH -- Sherwood senior Zach Milligan looks to clear the bar during Saturday's Aloha Relays. ALOHA — As the boys high jump competition at the Aloha Relays was whittled down to just two jumpers, no one was totally sure who was going to win.

But, two things were for certain.

The winner was going to be from Sherwood and that winner would have the last name of Milligan.

Brothers Zach and Ben Milligan outlasted the competition and faced off with first place on the line during the 10-team meet held Saturday at Aloha High School.

“This has happened a couple times this year,” said older brother Zach Milligan, who is a Sherwood senior. “It’s fun.”

The duel between the brothers provided just one of the highlights for the Sherwood track and field teams, who each finished in third place in the team standings at the meet.

In the boys high jump competition, Zach Milligan and Ben Milligan, who is a Sherwood sophomore, were the only two jumpers to clear 6 feet even. They then decided to have the bar moved up to 6-3. Neither brother was able to clear that height, but older brother Zach took first place due to having fewer misses.

“I can’t let my little brother beat me,” Zach Milligan said with a smile.

“It would be nice if I’d beat him,” Ben Milligan added.

Still, despite the one-two finish, the Milligan brothers were hoping for better things on the day.

“It’s the lowest I’ve gone all season,” Zach Milligan said.

So far on the season, Zach Milligan has a season-best mark of 6-5.

“I’m hoping to get to 6-7 or 6-8 and content for a state title,” he said. “I need to just keep working hard and pushing myself.”

Ben Milligan is also hoping for big things as the season goes on.

“I’ll try to get better and see if I can get to state,” he said.

Also for the Sherwood boys at the Aloha Relays, senior Logan Smith took first place in the shot put with a throw of 47-3 3/4 and he was third in the discus with a mark of 117-8. Senior Jacob Brooks placed second in the javelin with a toss of 154-5. Senior Emil Eriksson sprinted to second place in the 100 in 11.45 and junior Bailey States placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 40-3.

For the Sherwood girls, senior Jessica Imbrie, a former standout distance runner for the Lady Bowmen, showed that she is a heck of a sprinter as well, as she won the 100 at Saturday’s meet in a time of 12.86.

“I wanted to have fun this year,” she said after that victory. “And the sprints are a lot less intense, and I wanted to try something different.”

Also for the Sherwood girls, junior Elise Cuthbertson took second place in the shot put with a throw of 36-0, she was second in the javelin with a toss of 127-5 and she was second in the discus with a mark of 113-4.

Senior Emily Sackinger cleared 10-0 to place second in the pole vault. Sophomore Mikala Otto took second place in the triple jump with a distance of 33-0.

Senior Emily Hamilton was third in the discus with a mark of 109-3 and she had a third-place throw of 120-2 in the javelin. Sophomore Avery Pierce was third in the shot put with a mark of 32-10 1/2.

The Aloha boys and the Gladstone girls won the team titles at the event.

Prior to the Aloha Relays, the Sherwood teams split a Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet with Wilsonville in an event held April 24 at Wilsonville High School.

The Lady Bowmen scored an 81.5-61.5 victory over the Wildcats to move to 4-0 in league meets.

Cuthbertson was a two-time winner at the meet. She triumphed in the shot put with a mark of 38-9 and she had a winning throw of 131-1 in the javelin.

The Sherwood boys fell 103-42 to the Wildcats to move to 2-2 in league meets.

The Bowmen squads were slated to compete in a league dual meet at St. Helens on Wednesday.

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