Track and field: Canby sweeps David Douglas in season opener
Devon Fortier and Timmy Johnson deliver in their first official meet since being sidelined with health issues over the last year. Hannah Knutson leads the girls with three career-best performances.
There were encouraging signs for the Canby track and field team almost everywhere you looked.
Aided by several athletes who faced health issues in the offseason, the Cougars swept David Douglas in their season opener March 19 at Canby High School.
The boys won 11 events as part of an 80-65 victory, and the girls added another 11 event victories in their 76-68 triumph.
Junior sprinter Devon Fortier swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.99 seconds and 22.58 seconds, respectively.
A three-sport athlete who damaged his knee during a football camp this past summer, Fortier also joined seniors Timmy Johnson and Dominic Shorter and junior Noah Walker to win the 400 relay in 42.84 seconds.
Johnson, whose 2013 season was derailed by surgery to fix a congenital heart defect, had a promising afternoon of his own.
He won the 110 hurdles in 15.47 seconds, claimed top honors with a mark of 132 feet 2 inches in the discus competition and cruised to a victory in the long jump with a 21-3.
Steven Cranston continued his breakout school year by sweeping the boys distance races. The sophomore, who this past fall became Canbys first cross-country state qualifier since 2007, ran a career-best 4 minutes 21 seconds in the 1,500 and posted a 9:33.40 in the 3,000.
Walker had the best distance in the javelin competition (146-5). Cougars sophomore Chase Dougherty cleared a 10-6 bar to win the pole vault event. Daniel Anderson, a senior, covered 38 feet to take first place in the triple jump.
On the girls side, Hannah Knutson led Canby by winning all three of her events with career-best marks.
The senior heptathlete clocked 17.27 in the 100 hurdles, threw the javelin 100-11 and soared 16-4 in the long jump.
Skylee Doman swept the girls sprints, clocking 13.35 in the 100 and 27.81 in the 200, and also competed on both relays. The sophomore joined junior Sarah Gent, sophomore Madison Shorter and senior Jasmine Morris to win the short relay in 54.05 seconds.
Cougars senior Hannah Porter posted top finishes in the girls shot put and discus competitions with marks of 31-9 and 88-6, respectively.
Canbys large freshman class delivered as well. Karley Pierson won the 300 hurdles in 51.74 seconds, Payton Jasmer and Emily Iverson tied for top honors in the high jump at 4-2 and Tia Elder cleared a 7-6 bar to win the pole vault.
The Cougars are scheduled to host an all-comers meet at 12 p.m. March 26. Participants will represent schools from all six of Oregons athletic classifications.
AT A GLANCE
March 19 at Canby High School
Boys: Canby 80, David Douglas 65
Girls: Canby 76, David Douglas 68