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Sherwood makes the big throws at district track

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Moran, Pierce, Crawford claim titles at the Three Rivers League meet

DAN  BROOD - Sherwood High School junior Shelby Moran is about to let the discus fly during action at the Three Rivers League district track and field meet. Moran triumphed in both the discus and shot put events. McMINNVILLE — The throws.

When it comes to Three Rivers League track and field, no one does them better than Sherwood.

The Bowmen showed off their power in the throwing events at the league's district championships.

And no one seemed to be more powerful than Shelby Moran.

The Sherwood girls, with Moran helping to lead the away, had first-place finishes in all three throwing events. The Bowmen boys added a one-two finish in the shot put to provide the big highlights for the Sherwood squads at the Three Rivers League district meet, held May 10 and May 12 at Linfield College.

"That means a lot to us," Moran said of the Sherwood girls getting a first-place sweep in the throwing events at the district meet. "It helps the team out, and it's fun for the throwers."

With the throwers helping lead the way, the Sherwood girls finished in tie for sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with 59 points.

Next, the Sherwood throwers will be looking to make some noise at the Class 6A state track and field championships. The top two finishers in each event at the district meet, as well as those competitors and relay teams that meet state-qualifying standards, and those who earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

"I'm looking forward to state," Moran said. "I'm looking to P.R. (set a new personal record) and have fun. I want to do what I know how to do."

DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School senior Brady Pierce won a Three Rivers League district title in the shot put event. Well, what Moran did at the Three Rivers League district event was set a new meet record in the discus with her winning throw of 156 feet, 2 inches, which came on her final attempt of the competition. The old meet record was 147-0, set by Putnam's Katie Tuttle back in 1999.

"It's pretty cool," Moran said of winning the district title. "It didn't go as well as I hoped, but I'm looking forward to state."

Moran, who is the defending Class 6A state champion in the discus, has a season-best mark of 170-6.25, which she set at the Wilsonville Invitational, back on April 22. That mark is an all-time best for the state of Oregon, and ranks as the fourth-best throw in the country so far this season.

Moran also triumphed in the shot put event at the district meet with a personal-best mark of 42-4.

"I was hoping for a bigger P.R.," she said. "So, I'm still hoping to do that at state."

The other victory for the Lady Bowmen in the throwing events came in the javelin competition, where senior Calahan Crawford had a personal-best winning throw of 134-9.

In addition to the victories by Moran and Crawford, Sherwood junior Clair Johnson qualified for the state meet with her second-place throw of 36-11 in the shot put at the district meet.

Also for the Lady Bowmen at district, sophomore Alice Hall cleared 9-6 to take fifth place in the pole vault and sophomore Alexandra Verkamp ran to sixth place in the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 23.25 seconds.

On the boys side, Sherwood senior Brady Pierce took first place in the shot put with a mark of 48-5.

"This feels real good," Pierce said of winning a district title. "It was really good. I had a rough start in the discus, so this felt good. I stayed relaxed and did what I had been working on. In the finals, I increased my distance with every throw."

Pierce is now hoping to keep that going at the state meet.

"I'm hoping to break 50 (feet)," he said. "I'm going to work on my speed. And, maybe I can surprise everyone and win a state championship."

Pierce, who placed third in the discus at district with a throw of 141-0, will be joined in the shot put at the state meet by Sherwood junior Carsen Christensen. At the district meet, Christensen placed second in that event with a mark of 47-2.

Bowmen junior Payton Churilla also earned a trip to the state meet in the pole vault with his fourth-place height of 13-8 at the district event.

Also for the Sherwood boys at district, senior Garrett Schweigert took fourth place in the discus with a toss of 128-7, freshman Caleb Zatezalo was sixth in the long jump at 20-9.5, junior Billy Hale was sixth in the triple jump at 41-7.75 and senior Josh Jakubowski was seventh in the javelin with a throw of 145-8.

The Sherwood boys finished in sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with 52.5 points.

Newberg swept the boys and girls team titles at the Three Rivers League district meet.

Action at the Class 6A state track and field championships is slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the first field event starts at 9:30 a.m. and the first running event will begin at 12:46 p.m.