The Gladiators more than hold their own in a league meet with Molalla and Estacada

Shorthanded, because a number of athletes were away serving as counselors at outdoor school, Gladstone High School thinclads were competitive nonetheless in last week’s Tri-Valley Conference track and field meet with Molalla and Estacada.

Gladstone boys were especially impressive, turning in the top marks of the meet in nine of the 15 individual events. Still, because they were missing some key athletes, they dropped their dual to Molalla 75-61, while defeating Estacada 101-36.

“With everyone there, we would have beaten Molalla,” said Gladstone coach Greg Hess. “We had five guys counseling at outdoor school. We were missing three legs in the relays, Trevor Browning in the 400 and 800 and both relays, Andrew Conway in the pole vault, Nick Zerzan in the distances, Armand Jayne in the long jump, 200 and both relays, and Rowan Richter in the 200 and both relays.”

The Gladiator guys who did compete won a number of hotly contested events.

Gladstone junior Sean Williams won the javelin with a toss of 136-4, beating out Molalla’s Mont Child by just two inches.

Gladstone junior Mac McCaslin won two close races in the hurdles, defeating Molalla’s Drew Vandenbroeder, 17.11 to 17.20, in the 110 high hurdles; and finishing just ahead of Molalla senior standout Brody Olson, 43.51 to 43.66, in a close race in the 300 intermediates.

Olson was a state placer in the hurdles as a junior.

Gladstone junior Eric Prom was no less impressive in the short spring races. Prom (11.83) teamed up with Gladstone freshman Juesse Pummel (11.92) for a one-two finish in the 100, where they beat out Olson (12.02) and Molalla senior Scott Chance (12.10).

And Prom beat Olson by a whisker in the 200-meter dash, 24.07 to 24.08.

The 1,500-meter run saw Gladstone junior Harrison Jarrett gut it out for a narrow win over Molalla junior Cameron Fischer, Jarrett winning by under two tenths of a second, 4:39.35 to 4:39.52.

Gladstone sophomore Daniel Toh (10:55.04) got the best of Estacada sophomore Brendan Fordyce (10:58.62) for a win in the 3,000 meters.

Gladstone junior Zach Smith (54.90) headed the field in the 400 and Gladstone junior Kyle Kintz cleared 9-0, to win the boys pole vault by six inches.

Senior Kelsey Hathaway continued tough for Gladstone girls, winning the long jump (15-10-3/4) and triple jump (32-0-3/4). In the triple jump, she beat out Estacada junior Sarah Davies (31-11) by just 1-3/4 inches.

Hathaway also held her own with one of the state’s top Class 4A sprinters, finishing not far back of Estacada standout Tori Johnson in the 100 (13.03 to 13.49) and 200 (27.01 to 27.44).

“The times weren’t great because of the conditions,” said Gladstone girls coach Joan Kintz. “It poured down rain the whole time and it was windy.”

Other event winners for Gladstone girls included: senior Elena Otteson in the pole vault (9-0), junior Claire Bailey in the javelin (100-6) and sophomore Anika Wampner in the 400 (1:07.75).

“9-0 for Elena in the pole vault was pretty good, considering the weather,” Kintz said.

Gladstone girls defeated Molalla in the dual scoring 99-38, but the Gladiators lost to Estacada 86-55.

“We were missing a lot of kids — outdoor school, college visitations and the flu,” Kintz said.

The Gladiators traveled to McMinnville for a 10-team invitational meet on Friday. Gladstone boys scored 50 points and placed fifth; Gladstone girls scored 46-3/4 points and placed seventh.

McMinnville (202) and West Albany (130-3/4) were the top two teams in the boys meet; McMinnville (171-1/2) and Clackamas (122) were the top two girls teams.

Hathaway won the girls 400 in a season’s best of 1:00.31, but she was Gladstone’s only winner. She turned in a decent time despite a stiff headwind down the final straight away.

Hathaway also placed fourth in the girls triple jump (31-2) and fifth in the girls long jump (15-4-1/4). Gladstone junior Hannah Kent placed fifth in the javelin (102-9).

Gladstone senior Chelsea Sound placed fourth in the discus (106-8) and Elena Otteson cleared 9-0 for fourth place in the pole vault.

Gladstone boys had a host of athletes earn top-five placements. Junior E.J. Penn placed third in the triple jump (39-5-1/2), and junior Mac McCaslin placed third in the intermediate hurdles (42.59) and fifth in the high hurdles (17.25). It was only the fourth time Penn had competed in the triple jump and his mark is tops for the Tri-Valley Conference this spring.

Junior Sean Williams (139-2) and sophomore Roman Chub (139-2) went four-five in the javelin, junior Kyle Kintz cleared 12-0 and tied for fourth place in the pole vault, junior Zach Smith (72-1) and sophomore Skyler Bradford (71-9) placed fourth and fifth respectively in the hammer throw, and junior Harrison Jarrett placed fifth in the 3,000 (10:14.90).

Kintz’ mark in the pole vault was a lifetime best by six inches.

Gladstone thinclads return to Tri-Valley Conference competition this afternoon, when they travel to La Salle for a league meet with the Falcons and North Marion.

“We should have everyone back, and we’re looking for a good meet,” Hess said.

The Gladiators host the 13-team Dick Baker on Saturday, with field events starting at 11 a.m., followed by the running events at 12:15 p.m.

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