Mac McCaslin and Daniel Toh lead the way
Gladstone guys made an impressive showing at a track and field meet with Banks and North Marion at North Marion on April 15.
The Gladiators won nine of the 17 events in the three-team meet, and they topped both North Marion (88 to 57) and Banks (79-66) in the dual scoring.
Junior Mac McCaslin and sophomore Daniel Toh led the way. McCaslin was the class of the field in both the high hurdles (17.85) and intermediate hurdles (44.10); Toh garnered wins in the 800 (2:12.1) and 3,000-meter (11:14.58) runs.
Other winners in individual events included: junior Eric Prom in the 100-meter dash (11.81), junior Armand Jayne in the long jump (18-9), junior E.J. Penn in the triple jump (38-11-1/2) and junior Kyle Kintz in the pole vault (11-6).
It was Penn's first competition in the triple jump; Kintz' effort in the pole vault was a personal best.
The team of Jayne, Zach Smith, Roman Richter and Trevor Browning breezed to victory in the 4x400-meter relay, with an effort of 3:34.05.
Browning made some waves in the 400-meter dash, where he pushed Banks senior Devin King to a 52.0 clocking, finishing just .18 of a second behind. King ranks No. 1 in the state in Class 4A in the event.
Junior Sean Williams (132-5) led Gladstone to a sweep of North Marion in the javelin.
Senior Kelsey Hathaway had a tremendous meet on the girls side, winning the 200 (27.43), 400 (1:00.75), long jump (15-3) and triple jump (32-11).
Kelsey's had no competition in the 400, said Gladstone girls coach Joan Kintz. She was running pretty much on her own. I expect her to get in the 50's before too long.
Kintz said she also expects good things form Hathaway in the jumping events, which are new events for her this season.
Gladstone senior Elena Otteson cleared 9-0 for first place in the girls pole vault, and Gladstone junior Claire Bailey won the javelin (97-3). It was a season PR for Otteson.
Gladstone senior Chelsea Sound beat out North Marion in the discus, with a throw of 105-5.
Gladstone girls defeated North Marion 81-59 in the team scoring.
It's been a rebuilding year for Gladstone girls this spring. Besides losing some key athletes to graduation, the Gladiators have lost three other top athletes Tieara Norman (transfer to Milwaukie), state pole vault champion McKenna Streed (stress fractures) and Mikaela Simac (knee injury).
Missing several athletes to outdoor school, Gladstone entertains Molalla and Estacada in a dual meet this afternoon. The Gladiators have an away meet with cross-town rival La Salle on Wednesday, April 30.