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Tigers shake off the rust in Sherwood


Newberg sees more competition than expected and records strong marks at preseason meet

SHERWOOD — Initially signing up for a small meet so that everyone on the team could get their toes wet to start the season, head coach Brandon Ramey and the Newberg track team instead faced some strong competition at the Sherwood preseason meet March 19. by: SETH GORDON - Heave-ho! - Sophomore Chase Pothier launches the shot put March 19 at the Sherwood preseason meet. Pothier placed second in the junior varsity competition with a mark of 36-1.

The trade off for pushing themselves against the likes of Central Catholic and Clackamas was a much longer meet, as Newberg brought about 160 athletes, but after putting down some impressive marks to start the season, it was a worthwhile affair.

“It’s rare when you go to a preseason meet and you see some of the top marks in the state go down right away,” Ramey said. “In that way it was fun. It made the length of it a little more bearable to see some really good marks go down. It was a really good measuring stick to see where we are and what we need to work on.”

Among the top performances on the boys side came from Newberg’s Daniel Harper and Jonathan Bos, who went 1-2 in the 800 in 1:59.03 and 1:59.71, respectively.

“I know he’s been working really hard,” Ramey said of Harper. “To break 2 minutes in the 800, which he’s done four or five times, right away is great. He’s in really good shape, got stronger and matured a little bit. He’s in a good spot.”

Trevor Danielson threw 184-11 to win the javelin and quickly put himself atop the early 6A rankings. Brandon Zimmerman was second in both the discus (122-7) and shot put (46-1), with Dane Jensen (42-9) and Dakota Church (41-6) placing third and fourth, respectively, in the latter event.

Other top performances on the boys side came from: Zane Burgess, who was second in the 110 hurdles (15.73); the 4 x 100 relay team, which finished runner up in 45.44; Jacoby Wolfe and Brandon Cortez, who tied for third in the high jump (5-8); the 4 x 400 relay, which was third in 3:38.71; Cory Frey, who was fourth in the long jump (18-8); and Collin Hyatt, who took fourth in the 100 (11.73).

The distance crew took the lead for the Tiger girls, with Debora DeLeon (11:54.63), Rebeca DeLeon (11:58.47) and Irena Pia (12:20.78) finishing 1-3-5 in the 3,000.

Savannah Stanton was also second in the 800 (2:29.90) and Grace Hanna took third in the 1,500 (5:20.65).

Newberg dominated the javelin competition, as Paityn Peterson won the event (131-4) and was followed by Natalie Peterson (122-4) in second and Dallin Esmond (100-5) in fourth.

Both relays also placed well, with the 4 x 400 foursome finishing second in 4:27.27 and the 4 x 100 squad earning third in 53.67.

Also earning top finishes were: Savanna Milroy and Mimi Danese, who tied for second in the pole vault (7-6); Emma Burridge and Stanton, who shared runner-up honors in the high jump (4-10); and Maya Adams, who took fourth in the 400 (1:07.09).

“I think we’re in a good place,” Ramey said. “For us to be humbled a bit by Central Catholic was good, I think, but I don’t take too much from these early season meets.”