Track and field: The Sherwood senior breaks his own school record in the triple jump
by: DAN BROOD, RECORD BREAKER – Sherwood High School senior Curtis Fisher broke his own school record in the triple jump with his mark of 44-6 last week.

SHERWOOD - Curtis Fisher said it didn't feel like a very good jump.

It turned out to be a record-breaking jump.

And Fisher, a Sherwood High School senior, says there are likely some bigger jumps ahead for him.

Fisher bettered his own school record in the triple jump with his winning mark of 44 feet, 6 inches during the Bowmen's Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet against Liberty held April 16 at Sherwood High.

'At first, I thought it was a pretty bad,' Fisher said of his record-breaking jump, which came on his first attempt in the finals. 'I'm still working on my middle phase. But, when I heard the mark, that felt pretty good.'

Fisher, who also won the long jump and the 100-meter dash at the dual meet, helped the Sherwood boys score a 103-41 win over the Falcons. With the victory, the Bowmen improved to 2-2 in NWOC dual meets while Liberty fell to 0-4.

With his winning mark of 44-6 in the triple jump, Fisher bettered his previous personal best, and previous school record of 44-3, which he set while finishing in third place at last year's Class 5A state meet.

'There's still a lot of room for improvement,' Fisher said. 'At the beginning of the year, I was looking at 47 or 48 feet come district and state. I'm still looking at that. I also want first place - that sounds good.'

Fisher won the 100 at last week's meet in a time of 11.76 seconds. He won the race despite not using starting blocks.

'I've never used them,' he said. 'I still get good starts.'

In addition, he had a winning mark of 20-9 in the long jump.

Seniors Joel Hale and Kole Krieger each had a pair of individual wins for the Sherwood boys. Hale ran to victory in the 800 in 2:08.07 and he had a winning time of 4:23.26 in the 1,500.

Krieger triumphed in the 110 high hurdles in 16.35 and he cleared 12-6 to take first place in the pole vault.

Also for the Sherwood boys, senior Brantley Miller-Stecher had a winning time of 53.74 in the 400, sophomore Scott Southwell won the shot put with a mark of 44-5, junior J.D. Kerekanich won the javelin event with a toss of 140-5 and freshman Griffin Ruehl won the high jump with a height of 5-6.

Also, the Bowmen team of Hale, junior Tyler Holstrom, Miller-Stecher and junior Thomas Bacewich won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:43.51.

The Lady Bowmen made it a Sherwood sweep as they scored an 87-58 victory over Liberty. Sherwood moved to 1-3 in league meets with the win while the Falcons dropped to 0-4.

The Lady Bowmen showed their strength in the sprints at the meet. Junior Michaela Loewer won the 100 in 13.41, sophomore Kaitlyn Harbick triumphed in the 200 in 28.18 and sophomore Mesha Perkins ran to victory in the 400 in 1:05.72.

Sherwood's 4 x 100 relay team of Loewer, Harbick, Perkins and sophomore Amy Vanderberg won its race in a time of 54.25. The Lady Bowmen also won the 4 x 400 relay with the team of Vanderberg, Perkins, Loewer and junior Kristin Oenning winning with a mark of 4:26.21.

Oenning also ran to victory in the 800 in 2:34.42.

In the field events, junior Kelsey Irish had a winning throw of 88-7 in the javelin. Sophomore Frances Pavao cleared 5-4 to triumph in the high jump and sophomore Kathryn Mariman won the pole vault with a height of 9-0.


A handful of Sherwood athletes also competed at the Aloha Relays, held Saturday under cold, sometimes snowy conditions.

Fisher led the way for the Bowmen at the meet as he placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 44-3½.

Mariman placed third in the girls pole vault with a height of 9-6. Pavao was third in the high jump at 5-0.

Hale ran to fifth in the 3,000 in 9:23.93. Ruehl cleared 5-9 to place fifth in the boys high jump.

The Sherwood teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Century in a league dual meet starting at 4 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

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