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Sunset's Coon, Jesuit's stable of stars lead Metro girls' track


by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Sunset's Taylor Coon is one of the favorites in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the Metro district championships this week at Aloha High School. Coon won both races last year as a junior.

Can anyone in Metro catch Taylor Coon?

Before you automatically say “no way,” somebody runs down the Sunset star sprinter in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the Metro District Championship on Friday at Aloha High School take a look-see at district times.

Sitting behind Coon in both the 100 and 200 is Jesuit’s Alexa Dixon, who shook off a groin injury in recent weeks to run a personal best 12.37 against Westview, only .02 away from Coon’s 12.35. Not far behind Coon and Dixon is Jesuit senior Kathrina Slater, who ran a 12.55 this season.

“I’d say I’m back to 100 percent now,” said Dixon. “It was hard because I missed a couple meets, but I’ve been working really hard at physical therapy so, I think I’m there. I just have to keep working out, get back in really good shape. I just have to keep working hard and getting at it.”

The gap separating Dixon and Coon is a tad more in the 200, with the Apollo senior notching a 25.15, while Dixon ran a 25.98. Coon hasn’t lost a 200 race all season, and the only 100 loss this year occurred at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight meet against a loaded field.

“I like having competition, so running with girls close to me is really helpful,” said Coon. “It makes me go faster knowing someone’s on my tail, rather than having a bunch of time and not knowing what to do with it.”

In the past two years, numerous racers have challenged the Sunset star — including Southridge’s Jordyn Searle, who nearly outleaned Coon at the tape last year — but few have come out ahead.

And, in Coon’s final season suiting up for Sunset, the senior wants to go out in a blaze, especially with warm temperatures expected to rise up to the mid 80s on Friday.

Based on times and personal records, there could be an ample amount of close races throughout the district meet. Jesuit junior Chloe Smith is just .64 away from Lincoln star Tess Michaelson in the 400-meter dash. Beaverton’s Erin Gregoire has Metro’s best times in the 1,500 (4:42) and 3,000 (10:15), though she’ll be pushed by Sunset’s Nicole Griffiths and Audrey Huelskamp in each event.

Southridge’s Natalie Leckey has been at the upper echelon of both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle races since the start of the season.

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Jesuit's Claire Corbett has one of the best 100-meter hurdle times in Metro and will be one of the favorites at the district meet.

But, in recent weeks, Jesuit’s Claire Corbett has closed the gap on the Skyhawk junior in the 100 hurdles, running a 15.61 to Leckey’s 15.43. And, Jesuit senior Abby Wachter — who finished fourth at state in the 300 hurdles — has rounded into form with a 45.65 compared with Leckey’s 45.55.

“It’s going to take hard work and just keep doing what I’ve been doing,” said Leckey. “I’ve been going to every practice, training and taking care of my body.”

Jesuit’s 4x100 relay of Slater, Dixon, Wachter and Keara Vu has the fastest short relay time in Metro. However, with Coon lurking as Sunset’s anchor leg, and Apollo speedsters like Riley Prillwitz and Kasey Stavig starting the race, that race could be up for grabs.

Sunset’s Savannah Sharp is currently way ahead of the Metro field in the discus and shot put.

Yet, as the junior knows from first-hand experience, someone like Jesuit’s Claire McCarthy or Beaverton’s Nila Kamis could pop a personal record in the warm weather and upset the 2013 discus state champion.

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Jesuits' Kathrina Slater and Keara Vu along with Westviews Laura Gastineau make up a competitive 400-meter field in Metro.

Jesuit’s JoJo Ananouko has the top javelin mark in the district while Westview’s Hannah Garrity cleared 5-04 in the high jump earlier in the season. Slater (10-06) has a foot lead over teammate Emma Hoppes (9-06) in the pole vault.

Beaverton’s Skylar Hibsch’s 17-02 in the long jump is ahead of Jesuit’s Hadley Wilhoite and Westview’s Reed Richardson. Wilhoite’s 36-02 best in the triple jump came on April 3 as the defending district and state champion has been battling injuries the last month.

\If Wilhoite isn’t completely healed, Richardson and Madeline Leavitt are tied for the second-best Metro mark (35-01).