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Bucks are showing their mettle against larger schools

1A track and field — St. Paul fares well against Class 3A competition at Westside Christian league meet in Tigard


TIGARD — St. Paul is up to its old tricks again, playing up against bigger schools and more than holding its own.

This time the Bucks did it against five 3A schools, placing third on the girls side and fourth on the boys at the Westside Christian league meet April 9 at Tigard High School.

The St. Paul girls compiled 81 points to finish behind Amity (90) and Westside (140), but ahead of Dayton (72), Colton (62) and Warrenton (57).

Remy Brentano and Carolina Ruvalcaba finished 3-4 in the 100 and teamed up with Sydney Brentano and Shelby Donaldson on the runner-up 4 x 100 relay team (45.15).

McGuire Smith also added a pair of third place finishes in the 800 (2:45.25) and the 1,500 (5:40.08) to score key points on the track.

Emma Coleman paced the effort in the field, registering a second place finish for her effort of 33 feet, 11 inches in the shot put, and she also took third in the discus (77-10).

Remy Brentano, who has been the team’s leading point scorer this season, also placed in the field, placing third in the long jump 14-5.5).

“Remy thrives on competition and is certainly helping us to be as successful as we are,” head coach Jess Turner said. “She and Carolina Ruvalcaba are our two returning members of the 1A 4x100 relay team which won the state championship for the last two consecutive years.  Those two are certainly helping lead us all into a successful season with many P.R.’s.”

Just as important as points to Turner, if not more, was the determination showed by Karina Diaz, who fell twice in the 100 hurdles, but got up both times to finish the race.

“That kind of dedication is very noteworthy,” he said.

On the boys side, it was Joe Hiller who stood out, as the junior cleared 20-10.5 to take first in the long jump, set a St. Paul junior class record and move to No. 2 on the school’s all-time list. If that wasn’t enough, he also placed fifth in the 100 (11.94).

“He blew the lid off the competition and really was shining that day,” Turner said.  

Other top performances included third-place showings by the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams, a runner-up finish by David Elias in the 800 (2:11.05) and Zach Adams’ third-place toss in the shot put (39-1).

Placing fourth for the Bucks were: Ethan Wyss in the 400 (61.04), David Martinez in the 200 (25.04), Keenan Phillips in both the 110 (19.24) and 300 hurdles (50.03), Austin Burleson in the high jump (5-2) and Ryan Soumokil in the long jump (18-2).

St. Paul also participated in the Meet of Champions Saturday at Willamette University.

Remy Brentano earned the Bucks’ top finish by clearing 14-8.5 in the long jump — just six inches off her season’s best — to place 11th. She was also 16th in the 100 (13.60) and 18th in the 200 (28.67).

Elias turned in a season’s best 2:09.82 in the 800 to place 13th, with Ryan Soumokil adding a 16th-place showing in the long jump (17-10.75).



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