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Tigers step up in the relays

Conroy, Franz each place twice at the state track meet


by: DAN BROOD - Tigard junior Kaylie Boschma (left) hands the baton to senior Lindsey Rosette during the Class 6A girls 4 x 400-meter relay event.EUGENE — If nothing else, the Tigard High School track and field teams sure know how to finish a state meet.

The Tigers ended this year's state event by having both their boys and girls 4 x 400-meter relay teams earn spots on the award stand Saturday as the Class 6A state championships concluded at Hayward Field.

“To finish my senior year on the award state feels amazing,” Tigard's Megan Franz said following the girls 4 x 400 relay event.

“It's definitely a nice way to end the season,” Tigard senior Lindsey Rosette added. “They is the greatest group I've ever run with, and we all worked hard to do this.”

Both Tigard relay teams likely exceeded all expectations with their performances in the finals.

The Tiger girls went into Saturday's competition as the No. 14 seed — out of 14 teams.

But the Tigard team of Franz, Rosette, junior Kaylie Boschma and sophomore Natalie Bryant ran to eighth place with a time of 4 minutes, 2.49 seconds, which bettered the groups previous season-best time by more than four seconds.

“We didn't have any expectations,” Bryant said. “So why not leave our heart out there?”

“It was all adrenaline,” Boschma said. “And Megan was on fire at the finish.”

by: DAN BROOD - Tigard junior Tyler Powers (2055) takes off after getting the baton from senior Martin Ramos III in the boys 4 x 400 relay event.Meanwhile, the Tigard boys 4 x 400 relay team of senior Michael Roberts, senior Martin Ramos III, junior Tyler Powers and sophomore Tyler Rosette was the 11th seed going into the competition.

But that Tiger team, with Rosette providing a huge finishing kick in the anchor leg, ran to seventh place in a season-best time of 3:25.04.

“I didn't want to let the senior dudes down,” Rosette said of his big finish. “We were excited for this race. We thought we would get some teams.”

In addition to the excitement of the 4 x 400 relays, the Tigers has other things to cheer about at the state meet.

Tigard sophomore Elise Conroy took second place in the girls shot put competition with a mark of 39 feet, 3¼ inches and she took fifth place in the discus with a personal-best throw of 121-2.

“Second in the state is pretty good — it's awesome,” Conroy said with a smile. “Hopefully, I'll be No. 1 next year.”

In addition to running for the relay team, Franz also placed fourth in the 800 and she was eighth in the 1,500.

Tyler Rosette, finishing strong again, took fifth place in the boys 400 finals in a time of 50.28.

The Tigard girls finished in 12th place in the team standings at the state meet with 21 points and the Tigard boys tied for 28th with six points.

The Central Catholic girls and the Jesuit boys won the Class 6A team championships.

For more on Tigard's performance at the state meet, and for complete state-meet coverage for Tualatin, Sherwood, Horizon Christian and Westside Christian, see the May 29 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.