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Milwaukie thinclads win a barnburner from Sandy


Mustang throwers carry the day in a surprise dual win

It was a team effort, as Milwaukie coeds dealt Sandy its first league loss of the 2014 Northwest Oregon Conference track and field season, winning 70-65, in a dual meet held under less-than-ideal weather conditions at Milwaukie on April 17.

“It was cold, windy and showery, and athletes and coaches on both teams were in survival mode,” said Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm. “I didn’t even know we won the meet until I got home. It was an absolute surprise.

“I was checking the scores, and when I saw we were ahead in the scoring, at first I thought there must be some mistake. But then I got a phone call from [Milwaukie boys coach] Chuck Nott. He never calls me after a meet. He said, ‘Did you know, you won the meet?’ It was a complete surprise to me.... I didn’t think we had a chance to win.”

Malcolm said the meet was especially tough on the sprinters and jumpers, who had to compete in nasty conditions, running and jumping into a stiff head wind, with intermittent cold rain showers. Only one athlete cleared the opening height in the girls pole vault, and Malcolm said that during the boys pole vault, he saw one athlete clear the bar, only to be blown backward, erasing his clearance.

It was indeed a team effort that put the Mustangs on top. They had athletes score points in every individual event.

The Mustangs picked up big points in the sprints, with freshman McKenzie Weinert (13.71) and senior Becky Ponnay (13.71) crossing the finish line together for a one-two finish in the 100, senior Megan Miettinen (28.59) and Ponnay (28.69) going one-two in the 200, and Miettinen (1:06.29) edging a Sandy runner for second place in the 400.

Another strong point was the throwing events.

“It was a huge surprise in the throws,” Malcolm said. “Sandy is traditionally very tough in the throwing events. But our throwers stepped up. [Freshman] Kenady Hammond (88-3) and [junior] Annette Sansburn (83-3) went one-two in the discus, Sansburn (34-0) and [junior] Megan Dieringer (26-9) went one-three in the shot put, and [sophomore] Samantha Persad (82-4) got second place in the javelin.”

Malcolm said that despite the inclement weather, Sansburn had four throws over 33-10 in the shot put. And he said that Persad’s mark in the javelin was a 16-foot PR.

Milwaukie sophomore Tieara Norman breezed to wins in the high (17.08) and low hurdles (48.02), Milwaukie senior Darienne DeLa Rosa won the triple jump (27-5-1/2) and Milwaukie freshman Shelby Jarvis cleared 6-6 for a win in the pole vault.

“Even with the poor weather conditions, we had over 20 PR’s,” Malcolm said. “The kids came to compete, and we were rewarded with the team win because of their individual efforts.”

It was the first league dual loss for Sandy girls (2-1), who began the season with wins over Liberty (103-41) and Putnam (89-51).

It was the first league win for Milwaukie girls (1-2), who opened with losses to Parkrose (102-32) and to Sherwood (110-35).

The Mustangs entertain Liberty (1-2) this afternoon and they play host to St. Helens (1-2) on Wednesday (April 30).

Milwaukie guys had their hands full in last week’s dual with Sandy. The Pioneer guys won every event except the high jump and triple jump en route to a 104-40 dual win.

“Sandy’s got a strong team all-around....,” said Milwaukie boys coach Chuck Nott. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they won league, both in duals and at district. And it wouldn’t surprise me if they won a trophy at state.”

Milwaukie’s lone winners on the boys side were senior Jordan Stromvig in the high jump (6-0) and sophomore Devin Meade in the triple jump (41-4).

Stromvig’s mark was a 4-inch PR and it beat out Sandy senior Nathan Miller, who cleared 4-10. Stromvig is one of only three NWOC athletes who have cleared 6-0 in the high jump this season.

Meade’s winning mark in the triple jump was a PR by over a foot and it ranks him No. 2 behind his older brother Dante Meade in the NWOC in the event.

Dante Meade is battling a hamstring pull and the Mustangs held him out of his specialties. But he did run the 400 and placed second, in a personal best time of 53.57.

Nott said he also liked what he saw from sophomore River Meyer, who launched the javelin a personal best of 151-4. The mark earned Meyer second place in the event, and it was just a foot back of the winning mark.

“River Meyer’s improving four to six feet every meet,” said Nott. “He just keeps getting better and better. And the nice thing about it — he’s only a sophomore.”

Nott said he was also pleased with the performances of junior Falcon Piner in the intermediate hurdles (45.52) and senior Taylor Stanford in the long jump (19-3).

Piner’s time in the hurdles was a two-second PR and it earned him second place; Stanford is a first-year competitor in track and field, and his mark also earned him second place.

Through competition last week, Sandy, Sherwood and Wilsonville boys track and field teams all sported 3-0 records in NWOC competition. Wilson and Sherwood meet this afternoon at Sherwood, while Sandy entertains the winless Parkrose Broncos.

Milwaukie boys slipped to 1-2 in conference with the loss to Sandy.