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Lynn leads Outlaws at state
MONMOUTH -— Only one team prevented Enterprise from winning a 2A team crown Saturday as Central Linn won the title with 99.5 points.
The Outlaws took a solid second with 82.5 points, while Portland Christian finished in third with 67 points.
Irrigon was Enterprise’s nearest Blue Mountain rival, taking eighth (29 points), while Heppner tied for 15th with Neah-Kah-Nie (15 points), Union tied with Oakridge and Riverdale (7) for 20th.
Weston-McEwen tied for 25th with Canyonville Christian(1), while Elgin took 27th with .5 points.
Marcus Lynn provided the Outlaws with sprint power, winning the 400 meters (50.07) by more than a second, taking fourth in the 100 meters (11.46) and second in the 200 meters (22.94).
His teammate Alex Tyler narrowly grabbed the bronze in the 400 meters, edging Culver’s Kyle Belanger at the finish line where both were clocked in the same time (51.89).
In the 800 meters, Austin Burns did the same to Belanger again.
Both Burns and Belanger finished in 2:00.91, but the Outlaw junior got the nod and fifth place.
Nathan Fleck of Vernonia edged Scio’s A.J. Holmberg to win the state 800-meter championship. Fleck was clock at 1:59.01, while Holmberg had a 1:59.17 effort for second.
In the distances, it was sophomore David Ribich picking up a third and fourth place.
Ribich ran 9:10.68a in the 3,000 meters, just edging Portland Christian’s Sisay Gillock at the finish line had the same time. Union’s Michael O’Reilly was sixth in his final prep meet, with a 9:20.72 time.
Joseph Ewers of Central Linn easily won the 3,000 meters in 8:42.40, beating his teammate Zach Holloway by 11 seconds (8:53.61), but both are seniors. Ribich and Gillock were the first underclassmen to finish the race.
Ewers also led his teammate to a one-two finish in the 1,500 meters.
Ewers claimed the gold with a 4:04.24 time, while Holloway was second in 4:08.57. Gillock grabbed third in 4L:15.74, ahead of Ribich’s 4:20.38 time for fourth. O’Reilly gave Union a fifth-place finish in the metric mile with a time of 4:24.71.
In the relays, Central Linn won the shorter 4x100 meters with a time of 44.21, while Enterprise took fifth when Josh Higginbotham, Tyler, Dustin Dean and Burns ran a 45.84.
In the 4x400 meter relay, Enterprise picked up a third place in 3:28.51 using the foursome of Eric Swendiman, Burns, Tyler, Lynn.
Vernonia won the race in 3:26.80, but Scio only grabbed second by two-hundredths of a second ahead of the Outlaw quartet.
Stefan Quarrey gave the Outlaws some scoring punch in the weight events, finishing aecond in the discus with a toss of 145-10 and picking up a sixth place in the shot put (41-10.75). Enterprise also picked up an eighth place in the shot with freshman Daniel Kohlhepp (40-01).
Central Linn got the win in the shot put with Trever Walker throwing 50-09.75 -- winning by almost five feet over his nearest competitor.
It was Regis’ Paul Bentz who won the discus with a throw of 152-6.
Erich Roepke of Enterprise closed out his prep career with a second in the javelin (174-4). He finished one foot behind Glendale’s Daniel Juneau. Jordan Widener gave the Outlaws a seventh with a 144-11 throw.
In the high jump, freshman Rocky Davidson tied for eighth, clearing 5-4.
In the pole vault, Elgin’s Stephen Howes tied for eighth with Crow’s Logan Drullinger at 10-6. Bentz of Regis won the vault, clearing 13-0, for a rare discus-pole vault double win at state. Bentz alsopicked up a thiord in the long jump.
Dean gave the Outlaws a third in the triple, hitting the sand at 40-7.5. Portland Christian’s Josh Reznick won the event with a 42-8.25 leap to give him a long jump-triple jump double win in the state meet.