The Tigers sweep their dual meet with Tualatin and appear poised to strike at districts next week

Unlike the previous week, when Newberg did just enough to sweep its midweek dual versus Glencoe while mostly resting up ahead of its weekend trip to the prestigious Centennial Invitational, the Tigers placed most of their focus on defeating league rival Tualatin April 30 ahead of Friday’s Jesuit Relays.

Traditionally, Newberg has not had the kind of depth needed to compete in the team competition at the latter meet, so head coach Brandon Ramey did not concentrate on his team’s preparation for the Friday night meet. by: SETH GORDON - Running with the pack - (From front to back) Grace Hanna, Rebecca De Leon and Katie Reohr round the corner en route to a 1-3-4 finish in the 1,500 April 30 versus Tualatin. The Tigers won 80-65 to even their Pacific Conference record at 2-2.

The result was a satisfying sweep of the Timberwolves and a few standout performances in Beaverton.

While the boys cruised to a rather easy 89-56 victory, the Tiger girls surprised Ramey with a rather comfortable 79.5-65.5 win to even their league record at 2-2.

“Maybe they’re a little better than I’ve given them credit for at this point,” Ramey said. “When they compete, I think they can run with anyone in our district. I think we’re coming into our own a little bit. We have a lot of young talent that’s starting to improve and now it seems like the girls are right about where they should be.”

Among Newberg’s many event victories, Megan Myers broke out with a personal-best time of 26.60 to win the 200.

“She’s a naturally gifted runner, but it hasn’t come to fruition on the track,” Ramey said. “It’s starting to do that now. She ran a fast enough time that she can compete at the district level and really make a name for herself.”

The distance crew was also strong for Newberg, as Rebeca De Leon, Katie Reohr and Grace Hanna went 1-2-3 in the 800, Hanna won the 1,500 (5:20.20), and Debora DeLeon won the 3,000 (11:34.28).

Other winners on the day were Natalie Peterson in the javeline (117-9) and 300 hurdles (51.77), the 4 x 100 relay team (51.50), Emma Burridge in the 100 hurdles (17.85) and the high jump (4-8), and Isobel Bailey in the discus (89-3).

It was Peterson who made most noise at the Jesuit Relays, earning the team’s highest finish by placing third in the javelin.

Her mark of 128-0 was just nine inches shy of the personal-best and the NHS freshmen record of 128-9 she set a week earlier at Centennial.

“Anytime you get any type of javelin record at this school, it’s something to talk about,” Ramey said. “So for her to do that and then come back and do it at Jesuit kind of speaks for itself. It’s a big deal.”

Zane Burgess paced the boys in both the dual meet and at Jesuit, setting a new personal best (14.72) to win the 110 hurdles against Tualatin, then besting that mark (14.65) to place third at Jesuit. If he continues to drop time, he will likely break Jacob Petries school record of 14.51, set in 2012.

“His times keep coming down and all of a sudden he’s getting on the radar for everyone,” Ramey said. “There are always surprises this time of year and he’s probably one of them that people didn’t think about or know about.”

Still recovering from a back injury suffered at Centennial, Stanford recruit Trevor Danielson nearly matched his season best with a throw of 192-0 to place third at Jesuit, while Jack Kerwin also scored points with his season-best leap of 21-1.5 to finish seventh in the long jump.

The Tigers will finish the dual meet season Wednesday in a four-way confrontation versus Century, Forest Grove and Tigard in Tigard, where a win by the boys would wrap up an undefeated season.

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