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Seniors honored at Forest Grove's last home track meet


It only seemed fitting that Forest Grove’s seniors led the way.

Though the track and field season hit only the halfway mark last week, Wednesday’s dual meet against Hillsboro marked the final of three home contests this season for the Vikings.

Recognized toward the end of the meet on Senior Day, Forest Grove’s elder statesmen turned in quality performances across the board to pace the Vikings to a team victory on the boys’ side and a competitive loss on the girls’ side.

Seniors Jon Cirlincione, Gio Tayetto, Tate de Sully, Pavel Lopez Hass and Everett Fellger combined for six of the Forest Grove boys’ nine event victories in an 82-63 triumph against the Spartans. The win bumped the team’s record to 2-1.

Shannon Hammond led the Lady Vikings by setting a personal best and the Pacific Conference’s leading mark en route to winning the high jump. That win was one of five that the Forest Grove girls picked up in an 88-57 defeat that dropped the team’s record to 0-3.

“This is a really solid senior class, a lot of leadership in this group,” Forest Grove coach Scott McCahon said about his group of 31 seniors. “It’s a very good group. And you can tell. They’re classy people, they’re smart, they’re good in class. I’m going to miss them.”

Tayetto earned his win in the 200 meters, as well as a runner-up finish in the 100. His time of 23.47 seconds in the half-lap event was a personal record by nearly a second, and he needed all of that improvement to edge out Hilhi’s Michael Gonzalez, who was second in 23.48. In the shorter race, the Spartans’ Anton Dean won in 11.91 to Tayetto’s 11.94.

De Sully also had a big day, taking over the league lead in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 1¾ inches — a personal record by nearly three feet and a mark that Vikings throws coach Dan Lumpkin said was the longest in the seven years he has been coaching at the school. That throw surpassed the 48-11¾ that Glencoe’s Justin Worthy put up to win the Aloha Invitational on April 5. De Sully also finished second in the discus on Wednesday with a toss of 131-11.

“He had a great day,” McCahon said.

Cirlincione also played a big role in the team’s victory by winning the triple jump (39-0½) and high jump (5-8). He added a third-place finish in the long jump (19-4¼).

Lopez Hass’ win came in the pole vault (10-6), while Fellger topped the 800 in 2:09.67.

Other highlights included double victories from junior Archer Morgan, who set PRs in both the 1,500 (4:19.66) and the 3,000 (9:22.68). He led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,500 with two freshmen, Hyrum Hansen and Garrett Stewart, close behind. The 4x400 relay team of Dylan Richmond, Christian Guerra, Duncan Stewart and Ricky Torres ended the meet with a flourish, setting a season-best mark of 3:34.93.

On the girls’ side, Hammond leapt 5 feet, 2 inches in the high jump, one inch higher than the bar she cleared for a seventh-place finish at last season’s state meet. On Wednesday, Hammond also took second in the long jump (15-3), as well as second (32-2) in a Forest sweep of the triple jump.

“Any jumping event, skill event, their PRs don’t occur often, and she’s been right there,” McCahon said. “Five-foot, 4-10, 5-foot, 4-10, and then eventually one day ... you get the 5-2 thing.”

Alyssa Villalobos won both the long jump and triple jump, with marks of 16-4¾ and 34-6, respectively. She also finished second in both hurdles races, going 17.79 in the high hurdles and a personal-record time of 49.02 in the low hurdles.

Emily Parker, another senior, picked up a win in her final home meet, tying with teammate Kristen Bridgewater for first in the pole vault (7-0).

Other senior highlights for the girls included runner-up finishes by Julia Khoury (800, 2:39.10), Emilia Anderson (1,500, 5:28.72), Alyssa Boyd (javelin, 94-7) and Joelle Bruckert-Frisk (3,000, 12:06.96), who finished behind teammate Ellie Schnorr (11:44.45).

“You got a lot of kids that PRed, that did really good,” McCahon said. “They really performed tonight in their last meet.”

The Vikings were back in action Saturday at the Wilsonville Invitational. The boys finished 10th out of 19 teams with 32.5 points, while the girls were 12th out of 20 teams with 26 points.

De Sully posted the top individual finish by any Forest Grove boy. He was third in the shot put (47-6½). Other top-eight finishers were Auston Clemons (126-10) and Bobby Taylor (126-8), fourth and fifth in the discus; Ben Pearson, fourth in the high jump (5-8) and fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.46); Ricky Torres, fifth in the 400 (52.74); Murimi Nyamu (9:00.97) and Seth Berdahl (9:03.60), sixth and seventh in a fast 3,000; and Jakob Orlowsky, eighth in the 300 hurdles (44.45).

Rubi Vergara-Grindell set yet another personal best in the 3,000, running a league-leading 10:51.69 to finish second. Anderson followed in fifth (11:31.60). Other top efforts included Villalobos’ second place in the long jump (16-4¾) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.40), as well as Hammond’s fifth in the high jump (4-10).

Most of the Vikings are now off this week, except for Nyamu and Hammond, who will compete Saturday in the Centennial Invitational.