Showdown in the shot put highlights boys meet
Central Catholic piled on the first-place points Wednesday to beat out dual-meet champ Barlow at the Mount Hood Conference boys district track meet.
The Rams relied heavily on its sprint crew with Christopher Oden-Orr winning a tightly-contested 100-meter final (11.29) where all of the runners came through the line less than a quarter-second apart.
Derek Reed and Matt Vanoudenhaegen put together a 1-2 finish in the 200 (22.65) late in the day, and Cameron Scarlett joined his speedy teammates for a win in the 400 relay (43.18).
The Rams totaled 44 points in races that were a lap or less.
Greshams senior duo of Brian Salgado and Ken Onyima stole the show in the meets marquee event the shot put where four of the states top five throwers were in action.
Centennials Charlie Button set the bar early as the first thrower to threaten the chalk at the 55-foot line. Salgado took notice and put himself to the top of the leader board with a heave of 56-feet-3 1/2-inches on his second attempt.
His mark stood up as the best of the day, only challenged by teammate Onyima who went 55-8 3/4 on his final throw a personal best by almost two feet.
Onyimas first throw of the day landed a few feet shorter, but had such power behind it that the metal ball rolled through the gravel pit, hopped a wood barrier and finally came to a stop at a chain-link fence 20 yards farther along.
Centennials Chuckie Bessette and Button came in 3-4, but each met the state-qualifying standard during prelims, setting up another showdown in Eugene next weekend.
This was an awesome competition, and it only makes me want to throw farther. I cant wait for state, Salgado said.
Salgado added another 1-2 finish with teammate Caleb Dalzell in Tuesdays discus (145-8) competition, and Nicholas Abbs came in second in the javelin.
The Gophers picked up 49 points across those three events.
View a photo gallery from the meet at daveball.exposuremanager.com.