Glad girls handle Rangers, Falcons
Schumaker leaps 34-6 in the triple jump
Gladstone High School coeds were tough in last weeks Tri-Valley Conference track and field openers, rallying around their strength in the field events to drop La Salle 96-49 and the host Estacada Rangers 86-59.
Gladstone girls swept the first three places in the javelin, shot put and pole vault; and they had three of the top four placers in the discus and high jump.
They also had winners in the triple jump (Kendall Schumaker, 34-6), both hurdles races, and in the 4x100-meter relay (51.55).
Gladstone senior Donna Robinson continued to prove herself one of the states premier performers in the weight events, outclassing the field in the shot put (38-2) and discus (118-7).
Sophomore McKenna Streed put on a clinic in the pole vault, winning the event by over three feet with a vault of 11-0.
Sophomore Claire Bailey (96-2) headed up the Gladiator sweep of the javelin.
Senior Alisa Bradshaw leaped six inches higher than the next best competitor, clearing 5-2 for an easy win in the high jump.
The Gladiators were tough in the horizontal jumps, with senior Madi Cronin and freshman Tieara Norman both soaring 16-8 to finish first and second respectively in the long jump; and Schumaker winning the triple jump.
Schumakers mark in the triple jump ranks her second in the state only to Cronin, who has a best mark this season of 34-9-1/2.
Norman continued to prove herself among the best in the state in the hurdles, winning the high hurdles in 16.45 and the low hurdles in a near states best of 47.81.
Gladstones sprint relay team of Mikaela Simac, Kelsey Hathaway, Cronin and Taylor Plunkett breezed to a 51.55 clocking and first place. Estacadas highly touted sprint relay team was eliminated through a dropped baton.
Gladstone boys dominated Estacada on the track and beat the Rangers 83-40, but came up short in a close meet with La Salle, losing 76-61.
It was a confidence-builder for our kids, Gladstone boys coach Greg Hess said. Weve been going up against a lot of big schools. It was our first 4A meet in awhile and it was good for the kids to see that they can compete in 4A.
Senior Dakota Hollingsworth (11.67) headed a Gladiator sweep of the first three places in the boys 100, and Gladstone sophomore Armand Jayne nosed out La Salle senior Nick Lien (54.38) with a winning effort of 54.33 in the 400-meter dash.
As expected, La Salle swept the distances.
Sophomore Vincent Rininger (18.85) picked up first-place points for Gladstone in the high hurdles.
Gladstones boys team of Eric Prom, Andrew Conway, Tyler Bitter and Hollingsworth won easily in the sprint relay, with an effort of 44.90.
Gladstone senior Michael Stoutt (40-3) won the boys triple jump.