Gladiator rookie Tieara Norman wins three events

by: JON HOUSE - Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman sets the pace in the high hurdles at last weeks meet with Milwaukie and Banks. Norman is fast proving herself one of the top Class 4A hurdlers and jumpers in the state. Through competition last week, she had the states second best marks for Class 4A in both the high hurdles and the long jump.Gladstone High School coeds continued to make waves in Class 4A track and field last week, outclassing 5A Milwaukie 103-39 and upending Banks 99-39 in a three-team meet at Gladstone.

The defending state champion Gladiators won first place in 12 of the 15 individual events and they would have won both relays, except for a dropped baton in the sprint relay.

“I thought we competed really well,” said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. “It was cold and rainy, but we still pulled out some PR’s.”

One of the top performers was Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman. The Gladiator rookie won the high hurdles in 16.54, the low hurdles in 52.62, and she led a Gladiator sweep of the first three places in the long jump with a season best of 16-8-1/2.

Norman’s mark in the high hurdles ranks her second only to Molalla senior Claire Thomas (15.14) in Class 4A and her mark in the long jump ranks her second only to teammate Madi Cronin (16-11-3/4) in Class 4A. It was the first time Norman had competed in the low hurdles.

Cronin, a senior, also had a good day, winning the 100-meter dash (13.21) and the triple jump (32-5-3/4), and placing second to Norman with an effort of 16-2 in the long jump.

Cronin’s mark in the triple jump ranks her second in the state in Class 4A, behind Gladstone junior Kendall Schumaker (33-3-1/4).

Gladstone senior Alisa Bradshaw turned a few heads when she cleared 5-4 — a state’s best for all classifications — for first place in the high jump. It was the first competition of the season for Bradshaw, who had been recuperating from a concussion suffered in basketball.

Gladstone senior throws specialist D’onna Robinson continued tough, despite competing with a sprained ankle. Throwing without a spin, Robinson increased her 4A state’s best for the discus to 127-6; and she won the shot put with a toss of 38-0.

Coach Kintz said she was encouraged by the performance of senior Courtney Pardee in the javelin, where she uncorked a throw of 111-0 and earned second place. Kintz noted that Pardee has not competed in track and field since she was a freshman.

Gladstone junior Kelsey Hathaway and Gladiator sophomore Mikaela Simac went one-two in the 200 and 400, with times of 27.71 and 28.31, and 1:02.89 and 1:04.6 respectively.

Gladstone senior distance runner Madison Wease won the 800 (2:48.09), and she finished second to Milwaukie distance standout Sasha Gonzalez, 5:24.0 to 5:43.7, in the 1,500.

Gonzalez (11:43.8) outclassed the field in the 3,000.

The Gladiators return to action a week from Saturday, when they compete in a relay meet at Barlow.

The Gladiators begin Tri-Valley Conference dual competition on Thursday, April 18, when they travel to Estacada for a meet with the Rangers and TVC rival La Salle.

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