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Relays rule for the Bowmen

Sherwood gets sweep in NWOC dual meet opener


by: DAN BROOD - OFF AND RUNNING -- Sherwood High School junior Mason Rivers gets off to a flying start in the 4 x 100-meter relay event at last week's meet. The Bowmen boys won both relay events in the dual meet with St. Helens. SHERWOOD — Last year, the Sherwood High School boys track and field team got to experience what a relay state championship is all about.

Needless to say, the Bowmen liked that feeling.

This year, they’re working hard to get a chance to feel it again.

“We’re coming back to get it,” Sherwood senior Hunter Pfefferkorn said during the Bowmen’s Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet with St. Helens. “It’s Round 2.”

“We’ve got a lot of potential,” said Sherwood senior Cole Nixon, who, along with Pfefferkorn, was a member of the Bowmen 4 x 400-meter relay team that won a championship at last year’s Class 5A state meet.

The Sherwood boys showed that potential at last week’s meet. They won both the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 relay events to help the team score an 81-64 win over the Lions in the meet held April 2 at Sherwood High School.

The Bowmen got off to a fast start in the meet, as the team of Pfefferkorn, Nixon, junior Mason Rivers and sophomore Ryan Milligan won the meet-opening 4 x 100 relay in a time of 45.00 seconds.

“That went better than expected,” Pfefferkorn said.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” Nixon added. “But we still need to work on our handoffs.”

Rivers, stepping into a spot in the 4 x 100 relay this year, says such success should come to be expected.

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING TO VICTORY -- Sherwood junior Madison Budge is on her way to a win in the 1,500-meter run at last week's meet. “We’re trying to make it a tradition,” he said. “The coaches say they want another championship. We want to go out (of the Class 5A ranks) with a bang.”

Rivers, who said he has usually ran the anchor leg in the 4 x 100 relay, ran the leadoff leg for the Bowmen in last week’s meet.

“It was the first time I had to do a handoff,” he said. “It went pretty well, but we still need to work on it. But I’m really happy with how it went.”

In the 4 x 400 relay, the Sherwood team of senior Nic Clarke, sophomore Brian Cortez, senior Olsen Cottle and Pfefferkorn won in a time of 3:40.79.

“The relays are one of our favorite races,” Pfefferkorn said.

“They’re they only races I’m not nervous for,” Nixon said.

In the 4 x 400 relay, Sherwood will need to find replacements for Cristian Morris and Emil Erickson, who graduated following last year’s state championship.

“We’ve got a lot of good runners,” Nixon said. “And the new coaches are really emphasizing the sprints. I’m really happy with that.”

“We’re all in good shape and we’re all working hard,” Rivers said.

In addition to the relay victories at last week’s meet, Pfefferkorn also sprinted to victory in the 100 in 11.55 and he had a winning time of 2:11.39 in the 800. Meanwhile, Nixon triumphed in the 200 in 24.23 and he won the 400 with a mark of 53.54.

Also for the Sherwood boys, Cottle won the 1,500 in 4:36.15, senior Bailey States had a winning mark of 39 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump and junior Ben Milligan cleared 6-0 to place first in the high jump.

The Sherwood girls made it a sweep for the Bowmen squads at last week’s meet, as they posted an 114-31 win over St. Helens.

Sherwood senior Elyse Cuthbertson swept the throws, taking first place in all three events. She won the shot put with a mark of 36-4.5, she triumphed in the discus with a throw of 103-10 and she had a winning toss of 120-0 in the javelin.

Junior Emily Johansen also was a three-time winner for the Lady Bowmen. She sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.27 and she won the 200 with a mark of 27.85. In the 4 x 100 relay, Johansen teamed with senior Marina Parker, junior Maddy McSmith and freshman Helena Elkins to pick up a win in a time of 52.61.

Also for the Sherwood girls, sophomore Kameryn Price won the 400 with a mark of 1:07.22, junior Sam Mckibbon had a winning time of 2:35.10 in the 800, junior Madison Budge ran to victory in the 1,500 in 5:20.65, junior Bridget Palmer won the 3,000 in 12:19.89, junior Rebekah Quaglio had a winning mark of 18.60 in the 100 high hurdles, sophomore Savannah Case won the 300 low hurdles in 53.26, freshman Kaylee Christensen cleared 7-0 to take first place in the pole vault and junior Mikala Otto had a winning mark of 16-7.25 in the long jump.

On Friday, Sherwood had some strong performances at the Laker Classic Invitational, held at Lake Oswego High School.

The Sherwood girls took fourth place in the team standings at the 11-school event with a score of 85.5 points.

Cuthbertson, as she did in the meet with St. Helens, took first place in all three throwing events.

She triumphed in the shot put with a mark of 37-5, she took first place in the discus with a throw of 108-7 and she was victorious in the javelin with a distance of 120-7.

Budge ran to second place in the 3,000 in a time of 11:15.80.

For the Sherwood boys, Ben Milligan won the high jump with a height of 6-4.

Pfefferkorn took second place in the 200 with a time of 23.13, and he was second in the 400 with a mark of 50.24.

The Bowmen teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Milwaukie in a NWOC meet at Sherwood High School. Field events start at 4 p.m. and track events will begin at 4:30 p.m.




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