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Girls sprinters dominate district track meet

The Lions win both relays, breaking a record in the 4x400


by: VERN UYETAKE - Cara Boucher approaches the finish line en route to winning the 400 meters at last week's district track meet. To her right, Juliana Guthner took third in the event and qualifed for state with a wild card time. A small contingent of Lions will be headed to the state track meet in Eugene this weekend, but it will be one that could make a bit of noise when it gets there.

The West Linn girls sprint corps lived up to its billing at Oregon City High School. The contingent shattered the school record in the finals of the 4x400, winning by more than three seconds in 3:54.82 seconds.

The squad featuring two freshmen in Juliana Guthner and Isabella Reichner and two seniors in Madison Leek and Cara Boucher, not only qualified for state handily, it is also won of the favorites to win the title in the event.

The Lions currently have second-fastest time heading into the state meet.

Boucher and Guthner are also headed to state as individuals in the 400 meters.

Boucher had the fastest time in the prelims and then, just as a heavy rain shower passed over the track at Oregon City, Boucher lowered that time in the finals and won in 58.65 seconds, holding off a strong push from Clackamas at the line.

“I heard people shouting down the stretch that she was gaining,” Boucher said.

Guthner took third place in 58.9 seconds and her time was good enough to earn her a wild card berth in the event.

In the first event of the day, West Linn's 4x100 team of Guthner, Boucher, Reichner and Leek had a clean race and held off Lakeridge and Canby on the backstretch to win that event as well in a time of 49.03 seconds which has them seeded seventh in state.

Other trips to state would be difficult to come by in the competitive league. Reichner finished fourth in the finals of the 200.

Leah Henningsen finished seventh in the 3000, as did Diana Swanson in the 100 hurdles.

Julia Boyd-Helm made the finals in the shot put and took eighth while Emily Hamel took fifth in the pole vault.

For the boys, Tyler Griffin made the finals in the 800 and took eighth. Roman Ollar took third in the 1500 in 4:07.16 with Griffin taking fifth in the event.

Connor Cushman was fourth in the 3000, finishing in 9:09.65 while Ollar took sixth.

Tristan Stallcup finished in eighth in the 110 hurdles and Colby Gray did the same in the 300 hurdles.

In the field, Gavin Anderson missed a top-two finish in the discus by less than a foot. His throw of 133'3” was good enough for third place.

Drew Cribbs hit 170 feet in the javelin and finished in sixth. Scott Nicholson was seventh in the high jump while Mario Mastrandrea was sixth in the triple jump.

The state track meet will be this Friday and Saturday in Eugene.



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