TRACK: After taking a year off, senior Chris Reid is back running strong for the Timberwolves
by: DAN BROOD, ALONE AT THE FINISH – Tualatin High School senior Chris Reid is all by himself at the finish line in the 400-meter run in last week’s meet with Centennial.

TUALATIN - Chris Reid is relaxed, he's having fun and he's not feeling any pressure.

And, oh yeah, he's back running track.

Reid, a Tualatin High School senior, is back with the Timberwolf boys track and field team after not running during his junior year.

'I needed a little bit of a break,' Reid said after winning the 400-meter run in the Wolves' meet with Centennial last week. 'I was doing three sports every year, and that got to be a little too much.'

Reid, who has also played football and basketball at Tualatin, didn't run track as a junior despite finishing fourth in the 400 at the Pacific-9 Conference district meet as a sophomore.

But, with his winning 400 time of 52.7 seconds at last week's meet, it doesn't look like missing a year has done much to hurt Reid.

'Taking last year off probably helped me mentally,' he said. 'This is my senior year. I want to come out and have some fun. I think I have a good chance at winning district, but this is all fun - no pressure. I'm really happy with how things are this year. I'm going to run as hard as I can and see what I can do.'

Reid, with his win in the 400, helped the Tualatin boys score a 78-67 win over Centennial in the non-league dual meet held March 21 at Tualatin High School.

The Tualatin girls made it a sweep as they scored a 92-53 victory over the Eagles.

In addition to his victory in the 400, Reid also helped the Tualatin boys win both relay races. He teamed with junior Andrew Patton, senior Omar Cuevas and senior Sean Hamilton to win the 4 x 100 relay in 45.1.

Reid, sophomore Will Downey, Patton and sophomore Cole Brown triumphed in the 4 x 400 relay with a mark of 3:41.5.

Hamilton, meanwhile, is looking to keep the strong Tualatin sprinting tradition rolling.

'Even though we lost some good seniors from last year, this year's seniors want to prove that we can be just as good,' Hamilton said after winning the 100-meter dash.

Hamilton won that race in a personal-best time of 11.5.

'I've been working on my block starts,' he said. 'And it paid off. Oh yeah, I'm happy with it. And it's a perfect day for track.'

Later in the meet, Hamilton won the 200 with a mark of 23.4.

Also on the track for the Tualatin boys, Downey triumphed in the 800 in 2:09.4 and Patton won the 300 intermediate hurdles in a time of 41.2.

Junior Dennis Ranck picked up a pair of victories in the throws for the Wolves. He won the shot put with a distance of 49 feet, 3½ inches and he won the discus with a toss of 141-2½.

Timberwolf senior Mitch Thaler triumphed in the javelin with a mark of 141-7½.

The Tualatin girls dominated action in the field events in getting their win over Centennial.

The Wolves had first-place finishes in all three throwing competitions.

Senior Tauna Soderquist won both the shot put, with a mark of 34-6¾, and the javelin, with a throw of 101-3. Junior Amanda Chambers had a winning mark of 96-3 in the discus.

Tualatin also placed first in all of the jumps.

Senior Melanie Schafer had a winning distance of 15-11 in the long jump and she won the triple jump at 32-9¼.

Sophomore Alexa Stevens cleared 5-1 to win the high jump and sophomore Miranda Barnes had a winning height of 7-0 in the pole vault.

On the track, sophomore Ellee Masterson triumphed in both hurdles races. She won the 100 high hurdles in 16.5 and she triumphed in the 300 low hurdles in 51.3.

Junior Devon Frazier won the 800 in 2:32.2. Sophomore Melissa Arndorfer won the 400 in 1:04.8 and freshman Erin Ennis sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.1.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Canby for a Pacific Conference dual meet opener starting at 3:45 p.m.

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