Class 6A track Jonathan Bos defends his title in the 400, as the Tigers finish behind only Central Catholic
GRESHAM Each year, the Centennial Invitational provides Newberg with an opportunity to see where it stacks up with some of the best competition in the state.
Based on the number of personal bests and podium finishes the Tigers amassed en route to a second-place finish in the boys competition, Newberg figures to be a major factor at both the Pacific Conference championships and the OSAA 6A state championships next month.
Newberg collected 44 points to finish well ahead of third-place Scappoose (30), but behind meet winner Central Catholic (63). The Tigers also scored 9.5 points to place in a tie for 27th in the girls competition, which was also won by Central Catholic (55).
Leading the way for NHS was senior Jonathan Bos, who defended his title in the 400, edging out Reynolds Jesus Ortiz by 0.35 seconds by clocking a seasons best 50.31 in the final.
That was Newbergs lone win at the meet, but three podium-finishing Tigers recorded new personal best times, although all three came in the preliminaries.
After recording a 14.81 to qualify first in the prelims of the 110 hurdles, Zane Burgess took second in the final with a nearly-as-impressive 14.89.
Fellow hurdler Andy Tautfest went 40.12 in the prelims of the 300 hurdles to qualify second, but finished third in 41.12.
Colin Hyatt was the third Tiger to hit a new PR, earning 11.30 in the 100, but although his time went up to 11.44 in the final, he jumped up one spot in the standings from seventh the sixth.
Both of Newbergs relay teams placed fourth in season-best times, with the 4 x 100 squad crossing in 43.79 and the 4 x 400 crew coming in at 3:27.56.
Trevor Danielson, who recently announced he will throw for Stanford next year, suffered an injury during a slip in the javelin and placed fifth at 173-7.
Dan Harper, who set the school record (1:56.23) in the 800 in his last outing, was not far off that pace in placing sixth in 1:56.84.
A pair of freshman led Newberg in the girls meet, as Emma Burridge was sixth in the high jump (4-10) and Natalie Peterson was fourth in the javelin (128-9).
Also scoring was the 4 x 400 team of senior freshmen Madison Hergert and Madeline Whalen and seniors Megan Myers and Savannah Stanton, who were seventh in 4:18.44.