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Senior breaks school record in 3,000; Mallers, relays among other solid performers

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Scappoose senior Linnaea Kavulich races to a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters during the Jesuit Twilight Relays on April 27.The Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays meet on April 27 was one for the record books for the Scappoose track and field team.

And specifically for Indians senior Linnaea Kavulich.

Kavulich knocked nearly 13 seconds off her school record in the 3,000 meters, placing third in 10:05.46.

"I wasn't expecting to run that fast," she says, "but it ended up working out. We'll see what else I can do this season."

The mark made her the No. 5 all-time Oregon Class 4A girl at the distance, and she has the fastest 4A time this season.

Kavulich trailed only the winner, Summit sophomore Kelsey Gripekoven (9:57.92), and the runner-up, Camas, Washington, sophomore Halle Jenkins (10:04.68), out of 59 entrants.

The Indians had good performances elsewhere in the elite invitational hosted by the Class 6A Metro League powerhouse Jesuit.

Senior John Kavulich finished fourth in his 3,000. His 8:48.70, while slower than his personal best of 8:43.39 set two weeks earlier at the Oregon Relays,

came in "a strong race with a very fast opening pace," Scappoose coach David Harley said.

Sophomore Brisyn Maller and senior Nate Maller also were solid.

Brisyn Maller recorded a PR of 15.60 in the 110 hurdles, which ranked second in 4A this spring.

"He continues to do very well and is becoming very consistent," Harley said.

Nate Maller's throws of 175 feet, 1 inch in the javelin and 48-3 in the shot put rank third and seventh in 4A this year.

"He's one of the best athletes on our team and certainly one of the best throwers in the state," Harley said. "He was able to be pretty busy bouncing back and forth between events and still have some big success."

Emma Jones, a sophomore, turned in a PR of 16.54 in the 100 high hurdles, a time that ranks ninth in 4A for 2018.

The boys 4 x 400 relay team of Connor McNabb, Henry Goldammer, Josh Lull and Tevin Jeannis ran its best time by four seconds (3:32.04), good for second on the 4A season chart.

The girls 4 x 400 of Linnaea Kavulich, Tess Conway, Leila Jeannis and Jones clocked a season-best 4:3.95, third in 4A.

"Outstanding efforts," Harley said. "Especially Connor's leadoff leg."

The meet also offered a distance medley for boys, and Scappoose's team of Will Harley, Brisyn Maller, Lull and John Kavulich posted the sixth-best time, beating Sunset, McMinnville, Grant, Tigard, Oregon City and several others.

"It was a good group of boys who competed well and I think kind of surprised themselves," Harley said.

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