Track Huskies gearing up as season in home stretch

In their next-to-last meet of the season, the Huskies visited Molalla in a five-way meet May 1.

On the boys side, the Huskies finished third behind Molalla and Cascade and fourth on the girls side ahead of Gervais but behind Molalla, Cascade and Valley Catholic.

“The conditions were not real conducive for the kids to chase some personal or season best times and marks,” Coach Billy Snow said. “It was windy and cold and about halfway through, the rain decided to visit also. We are a bit banged up right now and are resting some kids in the hopes of healing up prior to the district meet in two weeks.”

Girls Results

The girls improved in terms of scoring from the previous week despite the competition being just as tough or tougher, Coach Snow said. “We started off on the wrong foot however with the short relay getting disqualified for passing out of lane,” Coach Snow said. “I hope, that with a little work there, we’ll be back near our season best come districts.”

Ashley Smith ran the open 100M for the first time and ran 14.38 into a stiff wind to slip into fifth place. In the 800M, Anne Helfrich continued to improve by running a PR 2:51.45 to take fourth place in that event. Stephanie Kragness also recorded a season best in the 200M but couldn’t crack the scoring column.

In the throws, Rachel Gaskey and Nicole Burnside rose to the occasion. Gaskey recorded PRs in the shot put and discus. Her put of 31-11 was good for fourth place and makes her No. 4 on the Sweet Home frosh list. In the discus, Gaskey threw 89-07, a season best and good for No. 5 on the frosh list in that event. Unfortunately, Coach Snow said, the mark was not good enough to score.

Burnside took third in the shot put with a 33-01 and came back in the discus to take fourth with a throw of 96-11, a season best for her. Other season PRs in the throws were gained by Shaina Burnett in the shot and javelin, Amber Larsen in the shot and discus and Hannah Ross in the discus.

In the jumps, Lisa Brocard and Ashley Smith were double placers for the Huskies. Ashley took second in the long jump with a leap of 14-07 and Brocard was right behind her at 14-06. In the triple jump, Brocard had a near PR 30-09.25, good enough for third. Smith tied her season best in the high jump at 4-06 to take fifth in that event.

Boys results

On the boys side, the short relay of Mike Severns, Justin Temple, Jared Allen and Matt Kragness opened things a bit better by running 45.89 for a first place finish despite some less-than-perfect handoffs. With the right conditions and good handoffs, this group could easily dip below the 45.0 mark.

Kragness came back to win the 100M (11.71) and 200M (23.07), both in times well below his season bests.

“We were trying to rest Matt bit before Saturday’s Meet of Champions and had him run just to win,” Coach Snow said. “Cascade had a kid just become eligible that really made Matt work in the 200M.”

Justin Temple ran a 2:07.40 for fifth in the 800M. “Justin has a ton of speed and the endurance base to run faster but we are mystified why he is stuck at this time in this event,” Coach Snow said. “In the distance events, Richard Westvik (1500M) and Chris Burford (3000M) recorded season PRs.

The race of the night had to be Jared Allen’s 300M intermediate hurdle race. Going against the league’s top two hurdlers, Allen was stuck on an outside lane. He ran a smart race and took it out hard and hit every hurdle with the correct lead leg except the last one. Mike Kirkham of Molalla was able to slip by for the win but Allen’s second place time of 41.47 was good enough for No. 4 in school history.

The long relay team of Mike Severns, Casey Baarson, Jared Allen and Justin Temple ran 3:51.66 for a fourth place finish to round out track scoring.

In the jumps, Mike Severns had a near season PR of 18-07 to take second place in the long jump. Richard Westvik had a big PR in the triple jump (32-02.5) but was out of the scoring. Jared Allen went 5-04 in the high jump to place fifth overall. In the pole vault, Jake Dahlenburg and Keegan Burnett continued to add big team points. Dahlenburg took first at 12-00 with an ever-so-close miss at 12-04 while Burnett cleared 11-00 for third place.

In the throws, the points were hard to come by. Casey Aiello continued to hit at or near his PR, going 148-05 for third place in the javelin. Robert Rice had a PR 101-08 throw in the discus to place fifth. In the shot put, Aron van Dijk went 38-02.5 to place third. Other PRs were thrown by Rob Martin in the shot put and Todd Luttmer in the discus and javelin.