Anderson, relay team shine at 10-school Aloha meet

by: DAN BROOD - FAST FORRESTER -- Horizon Christian's Tyler Forrester crosses the finish line in the 4 x 100-meter dash at Saturday's Aloha Relays.ALOHA — To the Horizon Christian High School boys cross country team, the level of competition doesn’t seem to matter.

Big schools, little schools, whatever, the Hawks are ready to run and they’re ready to jump.

They showed that attitude off in a big way at the Aloha Relays — a 10-school invitational, where Horizon Christian was the smallest school competing.

“We’re a (Class) 3A school competing with 6A schools,” Horizon Christian senior Tyler Forrester said following the 4 x 100-meter relay. “It’s nice to compete against them.”

And the Hawks were pretty darn competitive.

In the 4 x 100 relay, the Horizon team of Forrester, junior Mitchell Iliyn, freshman Matthew Leong and junior Gabe Nielsen finished in third place with a season-best time of 44.86 seconds. As of Tuesday, that was the fifth-best mark for that race for the state at the Class 3A DAN BROOD - TAKING OFF -- Horizon Christian senior Calvin Anderson soars during the long jump competition at the Aloha Relays.

“We had a great race,” said Forrester, who ran the anchor leg.

“I felt like I got a great start,” said Iliyn, who ran the opening leg. “And my handoff with Matthew was the best we’ve had all season.”

Coming off the strong performance at the Aloha Relays, the Horizon relay team has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“We’re excited,” Forrester said. “We want to win district and then finish in the top four at state.”

While the Hawks’ 4 x 100 relay team was running stride for stride with the higher-level competition, Horizon Christian senior Calvin Anderson jumped his way past his competitors.

Anderson, a standout wing for the Horizon Christian boys basketball team that won the 2013 Class 3A state championship, was a two-time winner at Saturday’s meet as he triumphed in both the long jump and the triple jump.

First, Anderson won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 21 feet, 1 inch, which also is the best mark in all of Class 3A so far this season.

“That felt really good,” Anderson said following his win in the long jump. “My first couple of jumps were a little slow, so I turned it up on the runway.”

Later in the meet, Anderson triumphed in the triple jump with a distance of 41-5.

“I’m looking forward to district,” he said. “I’m hoping to take a couple of titles.”

Also for the Horizon Christian boys at the meet, junior Brian Satterwhite took second place in the shot put with a throw of 42-10 1/2. Senior Grant Phillips was second in the discus with a toss of 117-10. Sophomore Austin Forrester was sixth in the javelin with a mark of 139-5.

The Hawks’ 4 x 400 relay team of Sandis Chhay, Sam Davies, Iliyn and Tyler Forrester ran to fifth place with a time of 3:43.48.

The Horizon Christian boys finished in eighth place in the team standings at the meet with 51 points.

For the Horizon Christian girls, the team of Sasha Iliyn, Kate Schifferdecker, Lael Bridge and Haley Rott ran to sixth place in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 2:01.79.

Iliyn also took eighth place in the discus with a throw of 85-11 and she was ninth in the 100 with a time of 14.20. Schifferdecker took eighth place in the triple jump with a distance of 30-8.

The Aloha boys and Gladstone girls took first place in the team standings at the meet.

The Horizon Christian teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they compete in a four-school West Valley League meet to be held at Colton High School.

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