Also: Milwaukie guys shine in the throws

Shannon Susbauer was the talk of last week's Northwest Oregon Conference girls district track-and-field meet, while Milwaukie throwers turned a few heads in the NWOC boys district meet.

Pulling away from the pack early in the race, Susbauer pushed herself to a time of 4:41.94 in the 1,500, breaking her own school record and setting a district record in the event. She crossed the finish line nearly 13 seconds ahead of Putnam junior Kelsey Hilsenteger, who qualified for state with a personal best time of 4:54.87. The old district record was 4:47.30, set by Hillsboro's Tricia Morrison in 2007.

Susbauer also cruised to first place in the 3,000 (10:31.61), where she finished close to eight seconds in front of Hilsenteger, and nearly 40 seconds in front of teammate Sasha Gonzalez, who placed third.

Susbauer this season has also set a school record in the 800 (2:16.63), and she's been close to a school record in the 3,000 (10:13.91). Her time in the 3,000 ranks her second in Class 5A to Silverton senior Morgan Anderson (10:09.52); and Saturday's time in the 1,500 ranks her fourth in the state in that event. She's got the state's third-best time in the 800.

'I don't think we've seen the best from Shannon yet,' said Milwaukie coach Mike Petersen. 'I think she'll contend for the state championship in both [the 1,500 and 3,000].'

'I wanted to run around 4:40 [in the 1,500 at district],' said Susbauer. 'I ran 4:41, so I'm happy with it....

'I want to go under 4:40 [in the 1,500] at state, which has been my goal for the season....

'In the 3,000, I just want to stay with the pack, and give myself a chance to win it.'

Susbauer said her success this season has been somewhat of a surprise to her.

'I certainly didn't expect to get two school records and have a chance to get a third [school] record at state,' she said.

'Shannon is the best female distance runner we've ever had at Milwaukie,' said Bill Burdette, who has coached Milwaukie distance runners in track and field for 35 years. 'Two school records and within a second in a third. That's pretty amazing. And she's not done yet.

'We'll see what happens in Eugene. She could become the first Milwaukie female distance runner to win a state title [in track and field].'

Milwaukie senior Nicole Hannifan qualified for state with a runner-up finish in the girls low hurdles (48.78), but she was the only Milwaukie girl to qualify for state besides Susbauer.

Milwaukie boys dominated the throwing events. Seniors Max Lydon (139-4), Nick Pettus (137-9) and Macaihah Broussard (128-9) placed first, third and fifth respectively in the boys discus.

Junior Jake Leary (47-1), senior Francisco Romero (43-0-1/4) and Lydon (41-7-1/4) placed first, fifth and seventh respectively in the shot put.

And seniors Jared Rodriguez (151-10) and Ferrer Myers (150-11) placed fifth and sixth respectively in the javelin.

Leary has thrown the shot put 48-0 this year, a mark that ranks him seventh in the state.

'This is my first year out for track,' said Leary, who first picked up a shot put in late February of this year. 'My football coach Aum (Roland Aumueller) said I'd probably be good at it. I gave it a try, and I love it. I've improved 15 feet since I first picked it up.'

A two-way all-league lineman in football who can bench press 400 pounds, Leary says he works out in the weight room 'all the time - winter, summer and spring.'

Lydon says he has a goal of placing in the top three in the shot put at state.

'I'm very proud of myself,' Lydon said. 'This will be my first year at state, and I'm so excited. Milwaukie has a great history of throwers. If you want to throw, Milwaukie's the place to be....'

'My goal is top three [in the discus] at state. The top two kids are way ahead of everyone else, but after that, everyone's real close. I'm hoping to bring a third or fourth back to Milwaukie.'

Pettus, who came up just short of making state in the discus, qualified for state by clearing a personal best of 13-6 in the pole vault. He placed second, after losing a jump-off.

No one in Class 5A boys track has gone higher than 14-6 this year, and only three athletes have gone higher than 14-0.

'I'm really hoping to go 14 feet,' said Pettus. 'I feel like I should have gone 14 at district.'

Pettus, who went to state last year, said he's improved his personal best by 18 inches this spring.

'I'm here every day until 6 p.m. [practicing],' Pettus said.

Milwaukie had three other athletes come up just a place short of qualifying for state. Milwaukie sophomore Dante Meade placed third in the boys triple jump (41-5); junior Alexis Noren placed third in the girls triple jump (34-4); and sophomore Becky Ponnay placed third in the girls 400 (1:02.43).

Milwaukie boys scored 104.4 points and finished a distant second to Wilsonville (181.2).

Milwaukie girls scored 85-1/2 points and finished fourth - behind Sandy (149), Liberty (137) and Wilsonville (101).

Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott said his team's prospects for winning district were dealt a blow when sprinters Roman Gayduchik, sprinter/hurdler Regen Weinert and sprinter/jumper Dominique Meade were lost to injuries.

'I'm real proud of our kids for the effort they put in,' said Nott. 'It just wasn't in the cards for us to win this year.'

Crivellone shines

in the hurdles

Danielle Crivellone was the top district-meet performer for Putnam. The senior hurdles specialist qualified for state in two events, winning the girls low hurdles in 47.13, and placing second in the high hurdles, with an effort of 16.36.

Kelsey Hilsenteger (second in the 1,500 and second in the 3,000) and junior Kenny Helmes were the only other Putnam athletes qualifying for state.

Helmes qualified with a runner-up finish in the triple jump (43-7-1/4). Helmes also placed third in the long jump (20-5).

Putnam sophomore Tyler Strauss placed third in the boys 100 (11.24) and senior Mackenzie Huddleston placed third in the girls high jump (5-1).

The short-in-numbers Kingsmen placed sixth in the girls team scoring and eighth in the boys team scoring.

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