Astoria boys defeat Seaside and Banks for league winsSEASIDE - It was a 'Clatsop Clash plus Banks' Thursday afternoon at Seaside, as the Braves joined the Astoria and Seaside track teams for a three-way dual meet. In other words, half the Cowapa League was there.

The Astoria boys picked up a pair of league victories, defeating Seaside (98-47) and Banks (119-36). The Gulls beat the Braves, 91-54.

The Gulls were the big winners on the girls' side, as Seaside outscored both Astoria (87-59) and Banks (93-48), while the Fishermen defeated Banks 91-53.

Seaside won 10 of 17 events in the girls' meet, with Tenisha Stock crossing the finish line first in three different events on the track.

Noelle Harer and Mel Owens won two events apiece.

Stock took the 100-meter dash in 13.28 seconds, won the 100 high hurdles in 16.57, and placed first in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 49.14. She also ran a leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.

Harer took the 800- and 1,500-meter events, and Owens captured the 200- and 400-meter races.

Owens ran a smart 200, edging teammate Laura Sibley (28.44) with a 27.54.

The Seaside coaches "just told me to cruise it, watch who was coming up, then go for it," Owens said. "I waited to see if anyone was coming up, and I wouldn't let them pass me."

She ran a 1:01.66 to win the 400, but Owens is looking to shave nearly four seconds off that time.

"I had a 61 today, and that's a decent time," she said. "Once I get healed up and it gets warmer it should be better.

"I want to get down to at least 57. The school record is 58.16 (Summer Morris, 1993), and last year I had a 58.9," Owens said. "I was close, so I'd like to get it this year."

The Astoria girls had four wins, two from Heather Coy (shot put and discus), while Maia Fastabend won the triple jump and Megan Gabriel cleared 5-0 feet to win the high jump.

With the exception of two wins by Seaside's Josh McCord (shot put and discus) and a victory by the Gulls' Dennis Olstedt in the triple jump, the boys' meet belonged to Astoria.

The Fishermen won nine events and used their depth to rack up big points in both duals.

David Ray set a personal best in the pole vault, clearing 13-2 feet; freshman Josimar Macareno had an easy win in the 3,000 meters (9:41.74), with teammate Gordon Eckert second in 9:57.94. It was Eckert's first race of the season.

Angelo Schauermann won both hurdle events, edging Olstedt (41.53) in the 300 intermediates with a 41.28.

Steven Wentworth continued his winning ways in the sprints, taking the 100 (11.36) and 200 (23.53); Jason Holyoak ran a 2:05.86 to win the 800 meters; and Tomas Morrissey captured the 1,500 in 4:22.74.

Morrissey got in a little speed work, as he ran the 800 (second, 2:07.20) and the lead leg on the 1,600 relay.

"I ran shorter races than usual," Morrissey said. "I had a good 800 - a big PR. Jason (Holyoak) went out and had an excellent race. That helped me a lot, because I was trying to catch up to him the whole way, which pulled me to a better time. The 1,500 wasn't a PR, but it felt pretty good.

"I'd like to get into the high 8's in the 3,000 - around 8:50; and under 4:10 in the 1,500," he said. "I think the 1,500 will be a very close race this year in district. It should be fun."

Morrissey is in the midst of looking for a college, and will likely decide in the next few weeks.

"I'm looking at Amherst and Williams, two East Coast colleges," he said. "I'll have to decide pretty quick, because they want to hear back by May 1. They're both Division III schools, and I plan to run at whichever one I go to.

"I've also been talking to Willamette and looking at that option as well."

Portland Lutheran wins fourKNAPPA - The Portland Lutheran track teams went 4-0 in a four-way, double-dual meet at Knappa Thursday, with the host Loggers picking up a pair of wins.

The Portland Lutheran boys defeated Knappa (80-51) and Vernonia (75-44), while the Bluejay girls had wins over Knappa (90-37) and Vernonia (103-15).

Knappa defeated Vernonia (67-31) on the boys' side, with the Knappa girls outscoring Vernonia 58-22.

The Knappa boys had two double winners - Jake Owings in the javelin (154-11) and shot put (42-10); and Nick Jacobson in the 1,500 (4:39) and 800 (2:14).

Knappa's Blake Gerttula won the 3,000 in 10:35, with teammate Brentin Salisbury third in 11:47.

On the girls' side, Knappa's Nadra Evans won the shot put with a toss of 30-8 1/2, placed second in the 200 (29.1) and 400 (1:07.2), and third in the 100 (13.8).

Teammate Kristi Owings was second in the 100 (13.7), high hurdles (17.5) and intermediate hurdles (50.5).

Knappa's Kala Rider was second in the long jump (13-2).

Warriors host track meet!

Warriors host track meet!WARRENTON - With their track repaired (mostly), the Warrenton Warriors hosted its first track meet in two years Thursday afternoon.

Corbett, Jewell, Naselle and Portland Christian all took part in the meet.

Warrenton had first-place finishes from Jon Diego (who won the long jump and equaled his brother Ron's record of 20-3); Rebecca Fisk (3,000, 12:58); Katie Arnall (shot put, 33-3); and Dallas Moses (400, 58.5), with Moses taking third in the triple jump (33-7) and third in the 300 hurdles (47.5). Fisk was second in the 1,500 and Arnall took second in the discus.

Jewell had several winners, including Tim Meier in the 300 hurdles (44.3) and 1,500 (4:42); Sarah Seeley in the 800 (2:43) and 1,500 (5:37); Molly Lee in the javelin (102-4); and Kristin Nelson in the discus (94-8). Nelson was second in the shot put (28-11).

Elsewhere, Rene Steinweg placed third in the high jump and Joel Johnston was fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Naselle had three winners - Ricky Johnson cleared 5-8 to take the high jump competition; Tony Mendoza had a toss of 37-7 to win the shot put; and Jamie Hines won the girls' high jump at 4-8.

Second-place finishes came from Johnson in the long jump (17-8); Mendoza in the javelin (PR 133-7) and discus (100-6); and Jenny Klinger in the 3,000 (13:46).

Katherine Herrold (1,500), Erin Saari (triple jump) and Jamie Bighill (100) all had third-place finishes.