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Track: Tribe boys' relays own Lower Columbia, Oregon

The Scappoose boys' relay teams ran the best times of any team at the 4A level on Saturday, and are breathing down the necks of two school records


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose senior Carson Davison finished third in the 100 meter race, and the 4x100 relay squad to set the fastest time in Class 4A so far this season. If the relay teams continue their current trend, they'll break a pair of school records before the season is out.

Boys' Results

Even though it's still early in the season and the state finals aren't until late May, the Scappoose boys' relay teams are already the frontrunners to win a pair of 2014 titles in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.

The Indians took first place in both events on Saturday, April 12 at the Lower Columbia Invitational in St. Helens, setting the top times in the state at the Class 4A level this year and inching closer to the all-time school record set last spring.

Seniors Carson Davison, Justice Oman, Matt Shoun and Nick Rust sped to a season-best mark in the 4x100 meter relay of 43.65 seconds. The 4x400 relay team, made up of Mychal Hortert, Rust, Shoun and Oman, set a new PR of 3 minutes, 27.66 seconds. Only two teams have set faster times in each event, all four of them from the 5A and 6A divisions.

The Tribe made themselves heard throughout the meet, which featured 22 teams from Oregon and Washington across all six of Oregon's divisions. Tribe sophomore Jarrett White finished second in the 100 meter dash, setting a new season best mark of 11.59 seconds, just eight hundredths of a second off his career best. Davison finished second behind White.

Rust and Shoun finished first and second in the 200-meters. Rust ran a 23.24, with Shoun crossing the finish line just two hundredths of a second behind him.

Oman and Hertert continued the Indians' dominance in the sprints, taking the top two spots in the 400 meters at 52.11 and 53.36 respectively.

Oman wrapped up a fantastic afternoon with a first-place finish in the long jump, leaping a career-best 21 feet, 10 inches, more than two feet better than the second-place finisher. Oman's mark is the best in Class 4A this season by a full three inches, and is only seven inches away from the school record of 22-7.25.

Junior Dan Carrier, who came just a second away from setting a new career best time in the 1,500 on March 20, blew his old time out of the water, finishing in four minutes, 15.3 seconds to take first, beating Noah Leonard of Franklin by little more than a second.

The Indians also got a strong showing from senior standout Kenny Klippel, who won the discus competition and set a new career PR with a throw of 147 feet, 4 inches, breaking his old record by more than four feet. Klippel took fourth in the shot put with a 44 feet, two inch toss, and finished fourth in the javelin, but was far off his season best, throwing more than seven feet shorter at 139 feet, three inches. His season best would have won the competition.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Tribe senior Alix Raya competes in the 200 meter run on Saturday at the Lower Columbia Invitational in St. Helens.

Girls' Results

The Indian girls' team, though they were without some of the razzle-dazzle shown by the boys, had a number of big highlights at the massive invitational.

Senior Charlie Davidson had a solid afternoon, winning the 800 meter race with a time of 2 minutes, 25.03 seconds, and helping the Indians to secure the top spot in the 4x400 meter relay. Davidson, along with fellow seniors Haley Wight and Abby Kessi and sophomore Eleanor Jones, finished in four minutes, 22.07 seconds.

Jones also had an excellent meet, setting a new career PR in the 100 meter hurdles at 16.53 seconds, beating last year's mark by one hundredth of a second. Jones took second in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing behind Alyssa Villalobos of Forest Grove, who finished behind Jones in the 100 hurdles. Jones' time in the 100 meter hurdles is the second best at the 4A level so far this year, only 19 hundredths of a second behind Isabel Groth of Marshfield.

The Indians will be back in action on Saturday, April 19 at Wilsonville High School, with events beginning at 10 a.m. The fulls meet schedule can be found at www.athletic.net.