Huskies post 17 personal records at French Prairie

Sweet Home competed Saturday in the multi- team invitational Saturday at Woodburn High School.

The meet is open to all schools and two schools from Washington were there this year. “We have gone to the Linn County meet the last two years but with that meet not being held, we picked this meet up on our schedule,” Coach Billy Snow said. “Our kids had a great day and competed really well. We took 14 kids to the meet. Out of 26 attempts, we had 17 PRs on the day. In those events that we did not PR, we were not far off from our season bests.”

Coach Snow said his kids really rose to the level of competition overall and represented themselves very well.

“Each one of them competed hard and left the best for that day out on the track or field,” he added.

Boys Results

“We had nine guys competing in 14 different events,” Coach Snow said. “Although we had no individual champion in any event, our guys competed well enough to bring home the third place trophy.”

Final team scores were Newberg, 108; Clover Park (WA), 71.5; Sweet Home, 66; Prairie High (WA), 57; Silverton, 51; Madras, 46.5; Oregon City, 39; Central Catholic, 38.5; Molalla, 38; Central, 34.5; Lebanon, 33; N. Clackamas Christian, 30; David Douglas, 28; Corvallis, 27; Scio, 24; Taft, 20; North Marion, 15; Woodburn, 10; Kennedy, 8; South Albany, 7; Santiam, Toledo, and Portland Waldorf, 0.

The top Husky finishers for the day were a pair of second places by Robert McGarry in the pole vault and Paris Ramsey in the 200M. McGarry cleared 13-00 with no misses to take the silver. He vaulted well until 13-06 and then he didn’t really have a good attempt at that height, Coach Snow said.

“Robert has made that in practice and in meets last year and it is only a matter of time before he does so this year,” Coach Snow said. “Paris had a solid 200M race, losing by .1 second to Joe Jones of Scio, the defending state 2A champ in that event. Paris stumbled a bit coming out of the blocks but was still closing on Jones all the way to the finish. Paris’ final time of 22.77a is a season PR and put him #3 in school history.

Paris also placed third in the 100M, with Jones and Zhen of David Douglas ahead of him. Paris ran an 11.29a which again is a season PR and puts him #5 all time in school history.

Other scoring on the track came from the 4 X 100M relay team of Mike Severns, Seth Graves, Randy Nicholson, and Paris Ramsey. This foursome ran a season PR of 45.32a which was good for sixth place.

“If we can get everyone healthy, we should be able to put together a group to run low 45s or high 44s,” Coach Snow said.

John Lovik had a tough double going in the 1500M and 3000M. In the 1500, Lovik ran just off his season PR, going 4:28.70 for 11th place overall. He came back to run a lifetime PR in the 3000 of 9.22.53a for 10th place overall.

In the 800M Chris Burford looked really strong, running a season PR of 2.07.23a for 9th overall, Coach Snow said.

Mike Lummus got caught up early in some bumping and positioning and never looked quite comfortable. He was a couple of seconds off his season best at 2:11.65 for 17th place.

In the field, Matt Slauson had a big day in a spirited shot put competition. Slauson went 50-09.25 to briefly hold the lead but was immediately passed by Bo Bollinger of Sherwood.

Matt came close but could not better his mark and ended up third in the shot. His season PR now puts him the #1 junior and #3 all time in school history in the shot. Matt came back to go 137-08 in the discus to place fourth in that event to finish up another solid day in the throws.

Randy Nicolson had a big day in the two horizontal jumps to place in both. In the long jump, Nicholson had an early PR of a foot to go 20-09.25. That held up for fourth place overall and puts him #9 all time in that event.

“Randy came back in the triple jump to leap near his season PR at 39-02.5 to place fifth in that event,” Coach Snow said. Seth Graves also competed in the long jump but had trouble getting his mark on and feeling comfortable with it. His best of the day was 17-07.5 for 20th place.

Mike Severns was the last Husky competitor in the field. He battled a sore leg to really compete well, Coach Snow said. His best throw of the day was a PR 156-06 that got him to sixth place overall.

“Mike has worked really hard to become a good consistent jav thrower this season,” Coach Snow said.

Girls Results

“Our five girls may have been few in number but they made themselves heard and competed well,” Coach Snow said. “Overall they had eight PRs in 12 attempts on the day. They finished 11th out of the 24 teams competing. Final scores are: David Douglas, 81; Corvallis, 75; Newberg, 74; Silverton, 54; Prairie High (WA), 54; Sherwood, 39; Molalla, 39; Clover Park (WA), 34.5; Madras, 29.5; Lebanon, 28; Sweet Home, 26; North Marion, 24; Oregon City, 23; South Albany, 23; Taft, 18; Woodburn, 15; Kennedy, 10; Central Catholic, 8; Santiam, 3; Toledo, 2; Central, 2; Portland Waldorf, Scio, N.Clackamas Christian, 0.

Sweet Home’s highest finishes of the day came in the field from Lisa Brocard, Rachel Gaskey, and Krystle Streight.

Brocard had a PR 32-08 in the triple jump for third place overall. Her mark put her #6 all time in school history.

Gaskey was just off her PR in the discus but her best of the day of 103-10 was still good enough to palce her third overall. Streight had a one foot PR in the shot put on her last throw to place third overall at 35-09.5. Her mark puts her as the #2 soph and #10 all time in school history.

Brocard had a busy day going in four events. She opened with the long jump and had trouble with her takeoff mark. She had a near PR of 14-09.75 to place sixth. In the high hurdles, she tied her season best of 18.22a to place eight overall. Then in the 300M hurdles, she capped her day with a PR 51.76a to place sixth overall in that race.

Gaskey had two other events that she competed in. Her best shot put of the day was 31-09.75 which placed her ninth overall. In the javelin, she had a PR to place 14th overall in that event. Meaghan Schaefer also had a PR in the shot put going over the 30 foot barrier for the first time. Her best put of 30-01 placed her 12th overall. Streight was off her PR in the discus slightly with her best of the day being 88-08 which was still good for an eighth place scoring.

“Our other competitor was Anne Helfrich who really rose to the level of competition,” Coach Snow said. ” Anne ran both the 1500M and 3000M and had big PRs in both.”

In the 1500M, Helfrich went out hard and hung on at the end to run a season PR of 5.29.88a, a PR by about 10 seconds.

“Several hours later, she came back and ran a great 3000M going about 40 seconds faster than her previous PR to take ninth in 12.02.96a. That time puts her #9 on the junior list,” Coach Snow said.

Calendar: The Huskies will host Stayton and Sisters at Sweet Home on May 6, then will host the Meet of Champions on Saturday, May 10.