The Crusaders win 16 of 17 events and rise to 2-0 in Metro

by: MILES VANCE - BIG WIN - Beaverton sophomore Allie Mueller hits the home stretch in her victory in the 1500 meters against Jesuit last week.

BEAVERTON — Two weeks into the 2013 Metro League girls track season, this much has become staggeringly clear — Jesuit has the depth and skill to bludgeon just about anything that gets in its way.

The Crusaders proved that a second straight time last week when they won 16 of the day’s 17 events and clubbed Beaverton 117-28 at Beaverton High School on April 3. The win lifted Jesuit’s Metro record to 2-0 and moved the Crusaders into a first-place tie with Sunset, while the Beavers fell to 0-2 and a sixth-place tie with Aloha.

Jesuit spread the wealth around big-time against Beaverton, sweeping both relays and getting individual wins from 11 different athletes. That said, it was Mariah Gibbs and Alexa Dixon who carried the most weight, with Gibbs winning three individual events and Dixon two individual events and also running on one of Jesuit’s two winning relays.

Gibbs did her part by winning the day’s two hurdles races and also the triple jump. She led 1-2-3 sweeps in both hurdles races, winning the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 16.13 (teammate Abby Wachter was second at 17.45 and Ana Sofia Mello third at 18.43), then coming back to take the 300 intermediate hurdles at 47.54 (again with Wachter second and Mello third at 48.07 and 51.55). And in the triple jump, Gibbs posted a winning mark of 34 feet, 8 inches (with teammate Hadley Wilhoite second there at 34-1).by: MILES VANCE - HIGH SPEED - Jesuit's Alexa Dixon (center) runs to victory in the 100-meter dash against Beaverton's Molly Mutz-McCay (left) and Caitlin Anderson at Beaverton High School on April 3.

Dixon, meanwhile, did her part by winning the 100 and 200 sprints, then running one of the legs on Jesuit’s victorious 4 x 400 relay. In the 100, Dixon ran a 13.0 to win, with Beaverton’s Caitlin Anderson second at 13.26. Dixon then posted a 27.10 to finish first in the 200, this time with Beaverton’s Molly Mutz-McCay second at 28.01.

And in the 4 x 100, it was Keara Vu, Chloe Smith, Dixon and Wachter who took top honors at 49.83.

“They were really good. They were really fast,” Dixon said of Anderson and Mutz-McCay in the 100. “My start was kind of bad, but I tried to come back faster after that. It felt pretty close the whole time.”

Jesuit’s other winners included: Smith in the 400 at 1:02.07 (with teammate Lindsay Sheaffer second at 1:04.02); Nicole McCullough in the 800 at 2:24.83 (with teammate Megan Mullaney next at 2:25.03); Ellie Kallgren in the 3000 at 10:39.38 (with Beaverton’s Allie Mueller second at 10:42.98); the 4 x 400 team of Megan Mullaney, Smith, Wachter and Wilhoite in 4:10.64; Connie Parker in the shot put at 32-10 (with teammate Claire McCarthy second at 31-5); McCarthy in the discus at 97-10 (with teammate Tarea Green second at 92-10); Jessica Finn in the javelin at 105-3 (Beaverton’s Annalise Beshears took second at 104-9); Karen Link in the high jump at 4-8 (with teammate Mariel Klein second at 4-6); Rachel Shaw in the pole vault at 9-0 (with teammate Franny Rogers second at 8-0); and Wilhoite in the long jump at 17-0 (Beaverton’s Morgan Nobach grabbed second at 15-5.50).

While Beaverton won just one event, it was an important one, with Mueller breaking away from a pack of five Jesuit runners to win the 1500 in 4:52.84.

“It was a really good race,” Mueller said. “I improved my time from my first race this season and I hope to get back to my PR from last season pretty soon.”

Mueller also said that her race plan worked out just the way she’d planned it.

“I just stayed in there with them, and at the end, I just tried to out-kick them,” she said. “I like being in that position, just stay right behind someone and try to beat them at the end.”

Jesuit’s Kallgren finished second in the event at 4:54.14.

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