TYT enjoys a fast, very fast, summer season

Tigard Youth Track sends contingency to Nationals

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Championship Run — Tigard’s Ralph Greene competes a fast first leg in 4 x 100 meter relay with the baton hand-off to Tony Body at the USATF Nationals in California.

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It’s been quite a summer for the Tigard Youth Track.

After winning the Overall Club title in June, TYT competed in the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held June 23-24 at Willamette University’s McCulloch Stadium in Salem. At the state meet, Tigard Youth Track produced 31 Regional qualifiers. Of that group, 15 TYT athletes earned berths to the national meet with top-3 finishes at the Region 13 JO Track & Field Championships held July 12-15 at Sealth High School in Seattle.

Though none of the qualifiers reached the finals at the National JO Championships, which took place July 24-29 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., coaches Ralph and Margie Greene were very pleased with the Tigard Youth Track team’s performance a year after sending eight members to the 2006 national meet.

“The experience was truly unique and gives TYT clear motivation to improve and return again next year,” they said in an email.

Among its 31 regional qualifiers, TYT produced three individual champions and a title-winning relay team at the state meet. Bantam boy Landon Floyd won a pair of races, crossing first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Floyd also teamed with Chase Morrison, Julian Body and Cole Knox to win the 4x100 relay. Floyd won the 100 in 14.13 seconds, followed by Morrison in second and Knox in fourth. Floyd and Morrison went 1-2 in the 200 as well with Floyd winning in 29.71.

Bantam girl Elise Conroy also came away with gold, winning the shot put with a toss of 22-feet, 6½-inches. Conroy added a third in the mini javelin.

Other TYT athletes to finish in the top-5 at state and qualify for Regionals included: Bantam girls Emily Kelly (2nd in long jump, 3rd in 100 and 200), McKenzie Klein (3rd in high jump, 4th in 400), Lena Greene (3rd in long jump) and Hanaly McGaughey (5th in 400); Bantam boys Julian Body (3rd in 400, 4th in long jump) and Max Briles (3rd in 800 and 1,500); Midget boys Zach Floyd (2nd in 80 hurdles and 3rd in long jump), Brian Berg (5th in 200), Evan Garrison (3rd in 1,500), Alex Dean (5th in 800), and Andrew Hungerford (5th in shot put and javelin); Youth girls Megan Brihoski (2nd in 200 and 4th in 100) and Rochelle Perez (3rd in long jump and 5th in high jump); Youth boys Ralph Greene (4th in long jump), Kyle Molitor (4th in shot put and 5th in discus) and Jeremy Moore (5th in javelin); Intermediate girl Alisa Evans (3rd in high jump); and Intermediate boy Nick Moore (3rd in shot put).

The Midget boys 4x100 relay team of Zach Floyd, Brian Berg, Kaz Greene and Chandler Poole took second to qualify for Regionals, as did the second-place youth girls 4x100 team of Rochelle Perez, Megan Brihoski, Sara Jacobsen and Kristina Kilgour, and the fourth-place youth boys 4x100 and 4x400 teams of Ralph Greene, Tony Body, Evan Lange and Justin Evans.

At the regional meet in Seattle, 15 athletes earned top-3 finishes to qualify for Nationals, including a trio of Bantam boys that moved on in three events. Landon Floyd, Chase Morrison, Julian Body and Cole Knox combined to place second in the 4x100 relay. Floyd and Morrison went 2-3 in the 100 and swapped places in the 200 with Morrison taking second. Body also took second in the 400 and third in the long jump.

TYT sent three relay teams to the National meet with Zach Floyd, Brian Berg, Kaz Greene and Chandler teaming to take third in the Midget boys 4x100 relay and Ralph Greene, Tony Brody, Evan Lange and Aaron Jensen placing third in the Youth boys 4x100.

Bantam girls Elise Conroy (2nd in the shot put) and McKenzie Klein (3rd in the high jump), Bantam boy Max Briles (3rd in the 1,500) and Midget boy Zach Floyd (3rd in the long jump) also qualified for Nationals.

Head coaches Ralph and Margie Greene want to extend their sincerest thanks to the TYT parents for unyielding support and Tigard High School athletic director Kevin Bryant and head track coach Eric Smith.

For more information on Tigard Youth Track, please visit http://homepage.mac.com/tigardyouthtrackclub.

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