Tui Tuitele gets it done in the weight events

by: JON HOUSE - BECKY PONNAYMissing their top performer, Dante Meade (hamstring pull), Milwaukie's boys track and field team came up short in last week's Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet with Sherwood, losing 93-52.

Milwaukie boys coach Chuck Nott says that Meade would have likely won the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash, “but it would not have changed the outcome [of the dual meet].”

The Mustangs were not without some outstanding performances.

“We had 31 PR's,” said Nott.

Sophomore Tui Tuitele headed the field in the shot put (41-1-1/2) and discus (121-1). He won the shot put by two inches with his last throw of the night, and his winning throw in the discus was a personal best by 10 feet.

Milwaukie freshman Shawn King turned a few heads in the sprints, earning an unexpected win in the 100-meter dash (11.13) and placing third in the 200 meters with a 24.40 clocking.

“Shawn's time for the 100 is the second fastest time in league and the ninth fastest time in the state,” Nott said.

Milwaukie junior Griffin Johnson led a Mustang sweep of the pole vault, clearing 12-6.

And, even in Dante Meade's absence, the Mustangs won the horizontal jumps, with senior Taylor Stanford heading the field in the long jump (18-3) and sophomore Devin Meade winning the triple jump (38-4).

Norman wins

three events

Milwaukie girls ran into a powerhouse at Sherwood, losing 110-35.

“They're a strong team,” said Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm. “They'll contend for the league title and they have some athletes who will score a lot of points at state as well.”

Top performers for the Mustang girls were sophomore Tieara Norman, senior Becky Ponnay, junior Annette Sansburn and freshman Shelby Jarvis.

Norman had little competition, cruising to wins in the high hurdles (16.80), low hurdles (50.18) and long jump (16-6-1/2).

Ponnay won the 400-meter dash in 1:03.91 and Jarvis won the pole vault, at 7-6.

Sansburn was impressive in the shot put, where she launched the iron ball a personal best of 34-1, good for second place.

“Even through it didn't show in the scoring, we had a good day,” said Malcolm. “We had 24 PR's.”

The Mustangs will likely have their work cut out for them again this Thursday, when they entertain Sandy.

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