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BOYS TRACK: Early wins in the shot put, 100 dash and short relay put the Eagles in charge

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Jason DeLeon comes through the finish line with the win after a wire-to-wire effort in the 800-meter race Wednesday at Clackamas.

Mount Hood Conference

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Centennial Eagles
Clackamas Cavaliers

CLACKAMAS — The Centennial boys track team piled on the points early to build a huge cushion on its way to a 12-point win at Clackamas to open the Mount Hood Conference season Wednesday.

The Eagles got their biggest surge when Robesan Abraham led a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put with a winning heave of 45-feet-6-inches. Teammates Emanuel Gurzhuy and JoseAntonio Sanchez followed as the only other competitors to land the metal ball past the 40-foot line.

Centennial also claimed the first race on the track with Nick Garcia, Aye Doh Chan, Aleck Gabriel and Jimmie Barton combining to win the 400-meter relay (44.11 seconds) in convincing fashion.

Barton would double up in the 100 (10.83) and 200 (22.51) sprints later in the day.

Senior Gabriel Talbert provided an eight-point swing in the team score when he clipped the last hurdle but powered through the finish line a half-second ahead of a pack of Cavaliers to win the high hurdles (16.20).

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Gabriel Talbert leans through the finish line with a win in the high hurdles.

Teammate Jason DeLeon followed with a rare wire-to-wire win in the 800 (2:09.07). He battled for an inside track off the starting line and hit the bell lap a stride ahead of the field. DeLeon maintained his slim lead through the last circuit of the track, shouting 'Let's Go,' as he came through the finish line with a pack of Reynolds runners on his heels.

"I wasn't happy with my 1,500 race earlier today, so I used that as fire," DeLeon said. "Our coaches are always telling us not to be afraid to be the one being chased, so I took that risk. I knew there were a lot of really solid runners in this race, but I kept pushing. I knew if I held my form, I would be able to hold them off."

Centennial's Joaquin Madrigal fought through a sore hip flexor to win the 400 (54.43).

"I could feel myself hitting my groove around to the 200 mark, and I was ready to finish it off from there," Madrigal said.

The Eagles collected wins across 10 of the 17 events, also picking up first-place points from Aleck Gabriel in the javelin (165-1), James Le in the pole vault (10-0) and rookie Ben Stacy in the high jump (5-8).

McHone wins four events in opener

Mount Hood Conference

Team Score
Centennial Eagles
Clackamas Cavaliers

Centennial senior Maddie McHone cruised to an easy win in the 300-meter hurdles (46.74 seconds) coming through the finish line while her nearest pursuer was still on the far end of the grand stands. It marked McHone's fourth win and clinched the Eagles' 79-66 dual win over host Clackamas.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Maddie McHone breaks away from the pack early in the high hurdles.

McHone also won the 100-meter dash (12.79), high jump (5-feet-4-inches) and high hurdles (15.17) earlier in the day.

Centennial won six of the seven field events with Angel Aluesi doubling up in the shot put (42-10) and discus (127-7), while Jaquiah Campbell won the javelin (117-11), Sierra Schultz won the pole vault (8-6) and Enajah Glass won the long jump (15-6.5).

Both teams swept team duals against Reynolds.

Picking up wins for the Raiders were Samantha Andresen in the triple jump (31-4), Kaitlyn Kruse in the 3,000 (11:55.72) and Natalie Dickson in the 400 (1:04.43).

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This story is slated for our Friday, April 12, print edition.

— - MHC track & field

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