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Relays, Conroy step up for Tigard

Senior Megan Franz places in both the 800 and the 1,500


by: DAN BROOD - LOADING UP -- Tigard High School sophomore Elise Conroy gets ready to throw the shot put during action Saturday at the Class 6A state track and field championships. Conroy placed second with a mark of 39-3.25.EUGENE — If nothing else, the Tigard High School track and field teams sure know how to finish a state meet.

Meanwhile, Tiger sophomore Elise Conroy shows that she really knows how to throw.

The Tigers ended this year’s state event by having both their boys and girls 4 x 400-meter relay teams earn spots on the award stand and Conroy placed high in both the shot put and discus events Saturday as the Class 6A state championships concluded at Hayward Field.

“To finish my senior year on the award state feels amazing,” Tigard’s Megan Franz said following the girls 4 x 400 relay event.

“It’s definitely a nice way to end the season,” Tigard senior Lindsey Rosette added. “They is the greatest group I’ve ever run with, and we all worked hard to do this.”

Both Tigard relay teams likely exceeded all expectations with their performances in the finals.

The Tiger girls went into Saturday’s competition as the No. 14 seed — out of 14 teams.

by: DAN BROOD - HERE YOU GO -- Tigard junior Kaylie Boschma (left) hands the baton to senior Lindsey Rosette during the girls 4 x 400 relay at the Class 6A state track and field championships.But the Tigard team of Franz, Rosette, junior Kaylie Boschma and sophomore Natalie Bryant ran to eighth place with a time of 4 minutes, 2.49 seconds, which bettered the groups previous season-best time by more than four seconds.

“We didn’t have any expectations,” Bryant said. “So why not leave our heart out there?”

“It was all adrenaline,” Boschma said. “And Megan was on fire at the finish.”

Meanwhile, the Tigard boys 4 x 400 relay team of senior Michael Roberts, senior Martin Ramos III, junior Tyler Powers and sophomore Tyler Rosette was the 11th seed going into the competition.

But that Tiger team, with Rosette providing a huge finishing kick in the anchor leg, ran to seventh place in a season-best time of 3:25.04.

“I didn’t want to let the senior dudes down,” Rosette said of his big finish. “We were excited for this race. We thought we would get some teams.”

In addition to the excitement of the 4 x 400 relays, the Tigers has other things to cheer about at the state meet.

Conroy was a big part of that, as she took second place in the girls shot put competition with a mark of 39 feet, 3.25 inches and she took fifth place in the discus with a personal-best throw of 121-2.

“Second in the state is pretty good — it’s awesome,” Conroy said with a smile, as she referred to the shot put event. “Hopefully, I’ll be No. 1 next year.”

by: DAN BROOD - THE EXCHANGE -- Tigard junior Tyler Powers (2055) takes off after getting the baton from senior Martin Ramos III during the boys 4 x 400 relay.This was her second year in a row competing in the shot put at the state meet. Last year, as a freshman, Conroy placed sixth with a mark of 36-7.25.

“I put in a lot of hard work to get better,” she said.

That also goes for the discus. Conroy earned her first trip to the state meet in that event this year, and she seemed to make the most of it.

“I stepped away from it for awhile,” she said. “After I got back into it, it was PR after PR. It was that way for the shot put, too. It was a good season. I’m already looking forward to next year.”

In addition to running for the 4 x 400 relay team, Franz also placed fourth in the 800 and she was eighth in the 1,500.

“I finally placed in the 1,500,” said Franz, who had a time of 4:44.74 for that event.

Franz, who will run for the University of Montana last year, used a strong finish to take fourth place in the 800 in 2:17.16.

“I wanted to go all out and see what I could do,” Franz said of that race. “At the end of the first lap, I was in last place, so I said ‘I better start kicking now.’”

The highlight in the 800 for Franz may have happened in Friday’s preliminaries, where she set a new personal best with a time of 2:14.53.

“That was more than I could ask for,” she said.

Lindsey Rosette placed eighth in the 100 high hurdles with a mark of 26.93. In that race, she was up near second place before falling over the third-to-last hurdle in the race.

by: DAN BROOD - MOVING -- Tigard senior Megan Franz (front) runs next to Sheldon's Gracie Todd during the 1,500-meter run.Also for the Tiger girls at state, freshman Victoria Prouty cleared 10-6 to take eighth place in the pole vault, sophomore Lena Greene was 12th in the triple jump at 35-4.75 and freshman Sareena Patzke was ninth in the preliminaries of the 100 high hurdles with a time of 15.72.

For the Tigard boys Tyler Rosette, finishing strong again, took fifth place in the boys 400 finals in a time of 50.28.

“That was really exciting,” he said. “I just had a lot of adrenaline.”

Also for the Tiger boys, the 4 x 100 relay team of junior Devin Distant, Powers, senior Justin Alvarizares and sophomore Alex Gradin was 12th in the preliminaries with a time of 43.74. Distant finished 14th in the preliminaries for the 200 with a time of 23.09.

by: DAN BROOD - GOOD TIMES -- Tigard sophomore Tyler Rosette (left) shares a laugh with Hillsboro's Cricket Browning following the 400.The Tigard girls finished in 12th place in the team standings at the state meet with 21 points and the Tigard boys tied for 28th with six points.

The Central Catholic girls and the Jesuit boys won the Class 6A team championships.



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