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Tualatin girls shine at Canby Invitational


Senior Laura Taylor sets another pole vault record

CANBY — Another meet, another school record and another state best for Laura Taylor.

Taylor, a Tualatin High School senior, bested her own school record in the pole vault event with her winning mark of 12 feet, 7 inches at the Canby Invitational track and field meet, held Friday at Canby High School.

With the mark of 12-7, Taylor, the defending Class 6A state champion in the event, set a new personal best, in both indoors and outdoors competition. The mark also stands as the best in the state this season, topping the height of 12-6, that Taylor set in a meet against Tigard on April 9.

Taylor's record-setting victory was one of many highlights at the meet for the Tualatin girls, who finished in third place in the team standings at the meet with a score of 127.5 points. The Timberwolves were very close behind meet champion Silverton, which had a score of 132.5, and second-place Kelso, Wash., which had a total of 130.

At the Canby meet, Tualatin sophomore Nicole LaTourette broke the one-minute mark in the 400-meter run with her winning time of 59.51 seconds. Sophomore Karina Moreland soared to victory in the triple jump with a distance of 36-1.

The Tualatin girls also showed their strength in the relay events.

In the 4 x 100 relay, the Timberwolf team of junior Jasmine Gilmore, LaTourette, freshman Jordan Anderson and Taylor picked up a victory in 50.75. In the 4 x 400 relay, the Tualatin team of Gilmore, sophomore Emily Leonard, Moreland and LaTourette had a winning time of 4:07.98.

Anderson also took second place in the 100 with a time of 13.01. Tualatin sophomore Kate Intile ran to second place in the 3,000 with a mark of 11:40.23.

The Tualatin boys finished in fifth place in the team standings at the meet with a score of 83.34.

For the Timberwolves, sophomore Malachi Seib ran to second place in the 400 in 53.23. Junior Matthew Lovos took second place in the 3,000 with a mark of 9:01.66. Senior Robbie Ellis was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.34 and senior Ryan Wisner cleared 5-10 to take second place in the high jump.

Prior to the invitational at Canby, the Tualatin teams swept Century in a Pacific Conference dual meet held April 16 at Tualatin High School.

The Tualatin girls got a 101-44 win over the Jaguars to improve to 3-0 in conference meets.

Moreland picked up a pair of victories in the jumps at that meet. She won the long jump with a mark of 16-2.5 and she had a winning distance of 36-1.5 in the triple jump.

Moreland also teamed with Gilmore, Leonard and LaTourette to win the 4 x 400 relay in 4:28.77.

The Tualatin boys posted an 83-62 win over Century for their first conference victory of the season.

Lovos, Ellis and junior Jordan Wilson each had a pair of individual wins for the Wolves.

Wilson claimed victory in the long jump with a mark of 19-6.25 and he triumphed in the triple jump at 37-10.

Ellis won both hurdles events. He was victorious in the 110 high hurdles in 16.79 and he had a winning time of 41.89 in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Lovos placed first in the 800 in 2:03.45 and he won the 1,500 in 4:17.20.

The Tualatin teams will be back in action Saturday, when they compete at the Centennial Invitational, set to start at 11 a.m. at Centennial High School in Gresham.