West Linn track teams fall to Canby and Clackamas

Despite not posting a win, the Lions performed strong against deep Canby and Clackamas teams to kick off league competition for the 2014 season.

The West Linn Boys and Girls Varsity Track team took on the Canby Cougars and Clackamas Cavaliers last Wednesday at home. The Lions were topped in both meets with the Cougars defeating the boys, and the girls team falling to the Cavaliers.

In the 1500m final, Brothers Roman and Grayson Ollar finished first and second with Roman finishing three seconds ahead of Grayson with a time of 4:12.73.

“Racing with my brother helps me push myself,” Roman Ollar, sophomore, said. “Him being there helps me with my pacing.” In the middle of the race, Grayson had fallen but was able to recover and finish.

“I was pretty happy we could place first and second,” Ollar said.

Johanna Briscoe, freshman, placed first in both the 1500m and 3000m with times of 5:05.97 and 11:08, respectively.

The girls 4×100 relay team consisting of Hamel, Juliana Guthner, Isabella Reichner, sophomores, and Diana Swanson, junior, placed third behind Canby and Clackamas with the Cavaliers narrowly beating out the Cougars.

The boys 4×100 team, Zach Davis, freshman, Lucas Evans, junior, Kurt Moon, junior, and Elijah Molden, freshman, placed second behind Canby by 2.22 seconds.

“I was really happy we were able to place second and we all did great,” Davis said.

Garret Keizur, sophomore, placed first in the 800 gram shot put event with a throw of 160’ 11”.

Finishing first in the one-kilogram discus throw, freshman Meghan Carbiener had a toss of 98’ 1’; eight feet better than second place.

Three freshman boys participated in the 100-meter dash with Elijah Molden finishing fifth with a time of 11.98 seconds, along with Vincent Cooks and Tristan Waits who placed seventh and eighth, with a time of 12.47 seconds and 12.66 seconds respectively.

The girls placed two runners in the same event with sophomores Emily Hamel and Audrey Clow who had times of 13.59s and 15.04s which was good enough for fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“As a team we did a great job,” Ollar said. “We had a ton of people place really well.”

The Lions’ next meet will take place this Saturday at Wilsonville High School at 10 a.m.