Jesuit's strength in the throws and on the track paces win

by: MILES VANCE - HIGH SPEED - Jesuit's Xavier Coleman (center) leads Beaverton's Matt Kim (left) and Ross Hoffman to the finish line in the 100-meter dash during the Crusaders' Metro League victory at Beaverton High School on April 3.

BEAVERTON — The Beaverton boys track team knew that it had a big challenge awaiting last week.

Hosting Jesuit in the first meet after spring break on April 3, the Beavers held the upper hand in the jumps and made some noise on the track too, but it just wasn’t enough against the powerful, deep Crusaders.

Jesuit dominated the throws, scored big on the track, and used its prodigious numbers to pull away for a 110-35 victory at Beaverton High School. The win lifted Jesuit’s Metro League record to 2-0 and a first-place tie with Sunset, while Beaverton fell to 0-2 and a sixth-place tie with Aloha.

Jesuit’s day was led by junior hurdler Max Dordevic and senior sprinter Xavier Coleman. Dordevic won both hurdles races, taking the high hurdles in 14.90 seconds (with teammate George Kingsley second in 17.62) and coming back to win the intermediate hurdles at 39.54 (this time with teammate Julian Body second at 42.74).

Coleman, meanwhile, took top honors in the 100 meters, then joined Dordevic in helping the Crusaders win both relays. In the 100, Coleman finished first with a winning time of 11.32, while Beaverton’s Ross Hoffman was second at 11.72.

“I felt good. I got out well,” said Coleman, who will play football and run track at Portland State next year. “I could have held it a little better the last few meters — I tensed up a little bit — but overall, I felt I ran pretty good given that I’ve only had a couple weeks practice and just two meets.”

Coleman, now on his third sport of the year after football and basketball, said that track season is just another chance to compete and test himself.

“I’m transforming from workout to workout, going from football to basketball to track, but I think I’ve got it done pretty good,” he said. “That’s what my dad has been telling me my whole life — every sport will get you ready for the next one. I’m just trying to keep the body going year round and it’s been working out pretty well.”

In the relays, Dordevic and Coleman teamed with Carlos Coleman and Joey Alfieri to win the 4 x 100 at 43.58, then with Carlos Coleman and Sam Remington to win the 4 x 400 at 3:29.09.

As to Jesuit’s big-time success in the throws, Henry Mondeaux stepped up to win the shot put at 50 feet, 4 inches (with teammates Max Rich and Andrew Kirkland second and third at 47-3.5 and 47-1.5). In the discus, it was Kirkland first at 131-7 and Mondeaux second with a 130-4. And in the javelin, Jesuit’s Tarek Wirfs grabbed first with a throw of 169-6 (this time with Rich second at 152-11 and teammate Braden Nelson third at 147-5).

Jesuit’s other winners were: Body in the 400 at 53.70 (with teammate Eric Myers second at 55.55); Hunter McGuirk in the 800 at 2:02.68 (teammate Brian McDavitt placed second at 2:02.85); Patrick Doherty in the 3000 at 9:23.82 (with teammate Connor McWeeney second at 9:26.77); and Marcus Yoo in the high jump at 6-3 (Carlos Coleman placed second in the event at 5-10).

The Beavers answered with five wins in the meet, the first of those from senior Dan Oekerman in the 1500. Battling Jesuit’s talented distance crew, Oekerman broke free from the pack late in the race and finished with a winning time of MILES VANCE - BEAVER LEADER - Beaverton's Dan Oekerman races to victory in the 1500 meters against Jesuit last week.

“I felt pretty good today,” said Oekerman, who will run next year for Oregon. “This is the third year in a row I’ve won this meet. It’s the one dual meet I really look forward to because I know I’ll get everyone’s best competition.”

And with strong challenges from Jesuit’s Brian McDavitt (he was second at 4:05.29) and Joshua Sealand (he tied Beaverton’s Daniel Larabee for third at 4:05.76), Oekerman had to earn his victory.

“They did a good job trying top box me in. I took a few gouges here and there, but I’m pleased with what I did today,” he said. “I was a little skeptical of where my speed was — I knew I was strong, but I wasn’t sure I had that kind of speed.”

The Beavers also stepped up to post 1-2 finishes in both the 200 and pole vault, with Ezra Duilio running 23.76 to win the 200 (teammate Matthew Kim was second at 23.93), while in the vault, Brian Christensen notched a 10-6 to win (with teammate Patrick Takata second at 10-0).

The Beavers’ other wins came from Stephen Marcille in the long jump at 19-10.50 (Jesuit’s Matthew Ferguson was second at 19-03.25), and Max Bettendorf in the triple jump at 41-07.00 (with Jesuit’s Mathias Aguon second at 41-0.

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