TRACK AND FIELD - Gresham girls race past Scots in sprints
by: David Ball, Gresham's Erica Vrvilo leaves the starting blocks during the opening leg of the 400-meter relay Wednesday against David Douglas. The Gophers won the race by more than a second.

The Gresham girls track team started the Mount Hood Conference season short-handed, but still had enough firepower to turn away one of its top challengers Wednesday, April 4.

David Douglas kept pace with Gresham early in the day only to see the Gophers start to pull away with a dominating effort in the sprints to win the meet 87-58.

Lacey Meusec set the tone with a comeback win in the 100-meter dash. Scots' sprinter Esthere Robert used a quick start to build a full stride lead by the halfway point, but Meusec gained ground in the later stages and leaned in front at the finish line.

The sprints are the strength for each team, but Gresham outscored the Scots 23-4 in those three events. Teammate Schavey Hill won the 200 and 400 races, leading a Gresham sweep in the longer race.

Kyra Speer picked up wins in the long jump and triple jump, while David Douglas senior Martha Hale finished first in all three throwing events.

Gresham earned an 83-62 win on the boys side, led by sprinter Shaun Lambert with wins in the 200 and 400 races. The Gophers got another boost from distance runner Spencer Clark, who used a charge over the final lap to pass two David Douglas runners in the 1,500. He made a similar late surge to beat the Scots in the 800 later in the evening.

Extended track coverage will be published in the Saturday, April 7, issue of The Outlook.

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