Centennial drops pair of tight duals
6A GIRLS TRACK
Mount Hood Conference
The Sandy girls track team slipped past Centennial by the slimmest of margins for a 71-70 dual-meet win Wednesday afternoon.
Centennial picked up a key early victory when Angel Aluesi used some quick footwork in the discus ring to move to the top of the leader board by a thumb length over Sandy's Keeley Rasmussen in the fifth round of throws. She claimed the win with a heave of 135-feet-6-inches.
"I woke up and realized I was in second place, and I needed to be in first," Aluesi said. "I came in focused on the things I've been doing in practice and it carried over into the meet."
She also won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 45-10.25 — more than seven feet farther than anyone else in the competition.
Sandy countered with Kendall Martin winning the javelin with a personal best of 125-8.
In the showdown of some of the state's best throwers, Centennial emerged with a three-point edge in the team score.
Sandy made up ground on the track with Marley Salveter sweeping the sprints, while also anchoring both winning relays.
Centennial's Maddie McHone turned in an 18-point day with a sweep of the hurdles along with a win in the high jump (5-4). She came in second in the 100 to start her day.
Centennial dropped a 77-68 decision to Central Catholic.
The Eagles split duals on the boys side, but suffered a costly loss early in the meet when stand-out sprinter Jimmie Barton pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury down the stretch of the 400-meter relay.
He was scratched from his later events. The injury caused a probable 17-point swing in the Eagles' 84-61 loss to Central Catholic.
Centennial scored a 76-69 win over Sandy, getting the clinching points when Sergio Luquin and Zach Valentine came in well ahead of their Sandy counterparts in the 3,000.
The Eagles picked up big points with a 1-2-3 sweep of the pole vault, led by Alex Summers with a personal-best clearance of 11 feet.
This story is slated for our Friday, April 19, print edition.