Falcons get the best of their rivals
La Salle boys and girls get it done
La Salle Prep thinclads took care of business in last weeks Tri-Valley Conference track and field meet with cross-town rival Gladstone.
The Falcons guys got the best of their Gladstone counterparts, winning 80-1/2 to 64-1/2, while La Salle girls prevailed 77-67.
La Salle boys were dominant in the distances and in the field events.
The Falcon guys won all three distance races and they swept the 3,000-meter run. They won every field event except the triple jump and they swept the shot put and discus.
And La Salle guys were not without some outstanding marks.
La Salle senior Ben Hortaleza pushed himself to a 14.95 clocking in the 110-meter high hurdles, a states best for Class 4A by half a second.
La Salle senior Jacob Meek won the shot put in a TVC-best of 48-11, leading a Falcon sweep of that event. Meek also launched the discus 137-3, heading up a La Salle sweep of that event.
Meek has the states second-best Class 4A throw in the javelin this season, at 185, but he did not compete in that event in the meet with Gladstone.
La Salle junior Justin Heller got the best of Gladstone senior Andrew Conway in the pole vault, winning that event by a foot with a TVC-best 13-0. The event featured five of the top pole vaulters in the TVC, according to Gladstone coach Greg Hess.
La Salle sophomore Michael Loeffler made some waves in the high jump, clearing 6-3 for an easy victory. He is among only four Class 4A athletes who have cleared that height the spring.
Other winners for La Salle guys were senior Logan Veasy in the 800 (2:09.42), senior Will Thompson in the 1,500 (4:20.22), junior Jason Rae in the 3,000 (9:51.39), senior George Lilly in the javelin (154-9) and Hortaleza in the long jump (17-11).
Gladstone junior Sean Williams tossed the spear a 10-foot PR of 140-10 in finishing second to Lilly in the javelin.
Gladstone was tough in the sprints. Gladiator junior Rowan Richter won the 400-meter dash (55.40) and led a Gladiator sweep of the 200 (24.22), and Gladiator junior Eric Prom (11.47) led a Gladstone sweep of the 100.
Gladstone junior Mac McCaslin set the pace in the intermediate hurdles (45.94) and Gladstone junior E.J. Penn (40-0-3/4) had the best mark of the day in the triple jump.
Gladstone boys also prevailed in both relay races, winning the 4x100 in 44.50, and the 4x400 in 3:40.00.
La Salle girls rallied around their strength on the track to get by their Gladstone counterparts.
The Falcons won both relays and every individual track event except the 100, 200 and 3000.
La Salle sophomore Carly Veasy (5:40.20) led a Falcon sweep of the 1,500. La Salle sophomore Talya Holenstein (1:06.43) won the 400-meter dash and La Salle junior Kat Christoferson (2:33.56) set the pace in the 800.
La Salle senior Courtney Crain was impressive in the hurdles, winning the high hurdles in 17.32 and the low hurdles in 49.69. Her mark in the highs is the second-best mark by a TVC girl in the event this spring.
La Salle junior Claire Primack picked up a big win in the long jump, where she soared 16-6, beating out Gladstone senior Kelsey Hathaway by just three fourths of an inch.
Hathaway had a big meet for Gladstone, winning the 100 in a career best time of 12.91, the 200 in a seasons best of 27.07, and the triple jump with an effort of 32-1-1/4. Her marks in the sprints ranked her in the top three in the TVC.
Junior Chelsea Sound was a double winner for Gladstone girls, winning the shot put with an effort of 34-11-1/2 and the discus with a toss of 108-5. Her throw in the shot put was a personal best by over two feet and the mark ranks her second in the TVC.
Gladstone had another double winner in junior Hannah Kent 107-10 in the javelin and 4-6 in the high jump.
Gladstone senior Elena Otteson cleared a personal best 9-7 for first place in the pole vault, the second-best mark in the TVC and the seventh best mark in the state in Class 4A this spring.
La Salle concludes the TVC regular season this afternoon, when the Falcons travel to Molalla for a meet with North Marion and Molalla. Gladstone wraps up its dual season this afternoon, hosting Estacada.
The Tri-Valley Conference district meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, at North Marion.