Hannah Waite earned top-five finishes in both hurdles races to lead the North Marion girls track and field team April 12 at the Willamette Falls Invitational at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City.

The returning state qualifier clocked a season-best 16.75 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles to take fourth place behind two Class 5A competitors and one Battle Ground (Wash.) entrant.

The senior also placed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.44 seconds, crossing the finish line after four 5A hurdlers.

As of April 13, Waite had the third-best 4A time in the 300 hurdles and the seventh-best mark in the 100 hurdles.

Waite propelled the Huskies to sixth place out of 26 teams. They tallied 79 points to finish behind Estacada (142), Woodland (126), Oregon City (119), La Salle Prep (97) and Hillsboro-Liberty (83).

North Marion turned in three other top-10 performances on the girls side.

Returning state qualifier Angela Sprecher took fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 54 feet 10 inches, finishing behind two 6A throwers and two 5A throwers.

The junior also came in eighth in the shot put at 32-5 and 12th in the javelin with a mark of 92-1.

Hannah Schweighardt was the Huskies’ fastest sprinter at the meet. The junior finished the 100-meter dash in 13.49 seconds to place eighth behind three 6A girls, three 5A girls and a Woodland (Wash.) representative.

On the boys side, North Marion accrued 52 points to take 11th place in a competition won by La Salle Prep (157).

Sam Beyer and Christian Parr logged the Huskies’ only top-10 finishes of the day.

Beyer tossed the hammer 59-3 to place behind five 6A throwers and two 5A throwers.

Parr had the fastest time of any 4A competitor in the 800-meter run, running a career-best 2:01.49 to end up in ninth. The time puts the senior at No. 7 in the 4A rankings.

North Marion was scheduled to host Gladstone and Banks at 3:45 p.m. April 15. The team will face La Salle Prep in a Tri-Valley Conference dual April 23.

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