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Barlow girls run away with the crown

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow sprinter Danelle Woodcock runs away from the pack in a record-setting 100-meter dash at the district meet. The Barlow girls track team overwhelmed the rest of the league on its way to the Mount Hood Conference district title Wednesday night at Centennial High.

The Bruins put multiple athletes onto the awards stand in nine different events, putting the team decision out of the way early in the evening with a packed effort in the 100-meter final.

Barlow and Central Catholic entered the race each with three runners in the starting blocks. The Bruins made the most of the showdown with Danelle Woodcock and Sara Turner coming across the line 1-2, followed by Macie Allen a split-second back in fourth place.

Woodcock’s time of 12.03 seconds marked a district record, and the Bruins outscored Central by 10 points.

That would prove to be the final piece to Woodcock’s stellar showing, which saw her finish with a district-best 32 points. She picked up a lopsided win in the long jump (19-feet-1/4-inch) on Tuesday and returned to the runway briefly Wednesday to win the triple jump (36-0 1/2). She hit her best mark on her second attempt and spent the finals camped under an umbrella on the infield grass.

Woodcock was a stride away from perfection, as Barlow’s 400-meter relay hit a snag on the first exchange and went into chase mode against Central Catholic. Turner made up ground on the final turn, but the Rams were still a full stride ahead before the baton came to Woodcock. She gained ground quickly on Central’s Olivia Gabriel, pulling up on her shoulder before Gabriel staved off the challenge through the finish line.

The schools have the two fastest times at the 6A level this season.

The Bruins put on a big showing in the throws with Maddie Pernich winning the shot put (36-11 1/4) and Taylor Rispler winning the javelin (119-8).

Barlow will be taking 10 athletes to Eugene next week and will be represented in 11 of the 17 state events.

The Bruins finished with 181.5 points, beating runner-up Central Catholic by more than 50.

View a photo gallery from the meet at daveball.exposuremanager.com.



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