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North girls get monkey off backs

Rountree comes up big as the Tornado knocks off South for the first time

Mail Tribune

North Medford High track coach Mark Hodges tried to downplay the significance of Tuesday's girls dual meet victory over South Medford at Bowerman Field.

But the Black Tornado girls weren't listening.

For the first time since the split of Medford High into the two high schools 15 years ago, the Tornado girls defeated their cross-town rivals in a dual meet.

The score was 771/2-671/2.

The North Medford boys weren't so fortunate as South romped to an 85-60 victory.

"Maybe we should hold a parade," said Rosana Medina, who set a school and meet record in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 4 inches.

Added North Medford hurdler Sarah Rountree: "We knew if we all did our best that we could win. Everyone really stepped up."

And no one stepped up more than Rountree, who outdueled South Medford star Heather Frigaard in both hurdle races and ran legs on both winning relays.

The junior sensation got off to a superb start in the 100 hurdles and held off a hard-charging Frigaard to triumph in a state-best time of 14.95. Frigaard matched her previous best clocking of 15.1, which had been No. — in the state.

All of Tuesday's events on the track were run under an automatic timing device, which usually register slower times than hand-held watches. And that made Rountree's clocking all the more impressive.

"I never would have run that fast without her (Frigaard) pushing me," Rountree said. "I stumbled over the last hurdle and was worried she was going to catch me, but I think I out-leaned her at the tape."

The girls 300 hurdles was billed as the race of the day as it featured not only Rountree and Frigaard but also Medina, who came into the meet with the second-fastest time in the state (46.2).

But when Medina false-started, the race again became a duel between Rountree and Frigaard, and again Rountree won, notching a personal-record 46.99 compared to Frigaard's 47.22.

In fairness to Frigaard, she was still suffering from the ill effects of bronchitis that knocked her out of last week's dual against Klamath Union along with Saturday's Crater Classic.

But this was Rountree's day to shine.

"This whole team has taken on a gutsy, gritty personality and Sarah's the one leading the way," Hodges said. "She went out hard in both hurdle races. She just wasn't going to get beat."

Medina made up for her false start in the 300 hurdles with her school-record performance in the long jump. She had three jumps over 17 feet and barely scratched on one attempt that measured 17-10.

"It was a perfect day to jump - nice and warm with a good tailwind," said Medina, who beat her previous best by 51/2 inches. "I had good pop and I was pumped."

Medina has been working to sweep her arms and get her knees in her chest upon landing in the pit to increase her distance. Her finish finally clicked Tuesday.

"This was the first day my brain was able to interpret and process everything," she said. "But my finish can still get a lot better."

The North Medford girls got off to a good start when their rapidly improving freshmen distance runners - Brianna Hwang and Dacarie Robertson - went 1-3 in the 1,500. Hwang was clocked in 5:07, close to the 5:04 she ran at the Crater Rotary Classic and considerably faster than the times she was turning in just a couple weeks ago.

"All of a sudden, we're pretty decent in the distances," Hodges said, "and that really beefs up our status as a dual-meet team."

North Medford also got good efforts from its sprinters. Emily Dunn edged South Medford freshman ace Kaylyn Knutson by 1/100th of a second to win the 100 in 12.64, and Brittany Hodges - the coach's daughter - won the 200 in 25.9 and the 400 in 59.82.

Mark Hodges, who led the Tornado girls to the Southern Oregon Conference district title during his first season at North in 2000 and guided them to a runner-up showing a year ago, prefers to focus on the bigger meets.

No dual meet - not even North vs. South - is worth getting too excited about, he said, but he did admit it felt good to end the losing streak.

"The most important thing is how our girls competed," he said. "That bodes well for us down the line."

The South girls were without two of their better runners, sprinter Natasha Wright (illness) and middle distance specialist Noi Hilgendorf (injury), but Panthers coach Bill Rowan offered no excuses.

"We've had some good kids over the years, and we've got some good ones now, but this just wasn't our day," he said. "And going 14-1 (actually 15-1) against them isn't too bad."

The highlight for the South Medford girls came in the triple jump, where junior Teri Silva sailed 36-7 for a meet and school record. She also held the old mark of 36-11/2, set last year.

"It's exciting to finally have everything come together," said Silva, who went 35-11 to win the Crater Rotary Classic.

Silva also won the high jump Tuesday with a leap of 5-2.

The Panther boys, meanwhile, got yet another top-notch performance from Jonathan Klenke to run their dual-meet record to 5-0 this season. The junior sprinter ran a lifetime best of 10.94 to win the 100, took the 200 in 22.63, ran a leg on South's 4x100 relay that clocked a season's-best 43.69 and leaped to a lifetime best of 42-8 to claim second in the triple jump.

The South boys won only eight of the 17 events, but placed second in 12 of them and posted a sweep in the 200 meters.

BOYSSHOT PUT - 1, David Faaeteete, NM, 48-51/2; 2, Eric Feigi, SM,41-9; 3, Dave Coleman, SM, 40-11.

DISCUS - 1, David Faaeteete, NM, 136-7; 2, Steve Johnson, NM,114-2; 3, Dan 'Brien, NM, 113-6.

JAVELIN - 1, Manny Alegria, NM, 159-0; 2, Jacob Villa, SM, 156-9;3, Jake Sarver, NM, 140-2.

HIGH JUMP - 1, Brian Clifton, NM, 5-10; 2, Andres Reed, SM, 5-8;3, Shawn Olson, SM, 5-3.

LONG JUMP - 1, Aaron Barlow, NM, 20-9; 2, Tyler King, SM, 20-8; 3,Brian Clifton, NM, 19-8.

TRIPLE JUMP - 1, Dustin Brooks, NM, 42-10; 2, Jonathan Klenke, SM,42-8; 3, Alex Grigas, NM, 40-11.

POLE VAULT - 1, Matt Schneider, NM, 12-0; 2, Karl Ayers, SM, 11-6;3, Travis Ringo, SM, 10-0.

110-METER HURDLES - 1, Chris Vorgang, NM, 14.75; 2, RyanNeuenschwander, SM, 15.72; 3, Mark McKay, SM, 16.1.

300-METER HURDLES - 1, Chris Vorgang, NM, 39.69; 2, JasonMatthews, SM, 41.39; 3, Ryan Neuenschwander, SM, 41.66.

100 METERS - 1, Jonathan Klenke, SM, 10.94; 2, Andres Reed, SM,11.21; 3, Trent Huard, NM, 11.24.

200 METERS - 1, Jonathan Klenke, SM, 22.63; 2, Andres Reed, SM,22.76; 3, Dan Hilgendorf, SM, 22.76.

400 METERS - 1, Dan Hilgendorf, SM, 51.77; 2, Kelly King, SM,52.55; 3, Alan Gomez, NM, 53.19.

800 METERS - 1, Shaun Olson, SM, 2:01.7; 2, Andres Kendig, NM,2:03.1; 3, Kedric Charlton, NM, 2:04.6.

1,500 METERS - 1, Alando Pacas, SM, 4:11.2; 2, Shaun Olson, SM,4:11.4; 3, Kedric Charlton, NM, 4:12.7.

3,000 METERS - 1, Chris McLean, SM, 4:24.4; 2, Kyle Lundwall, SM,9:48.62; 3, Dan Torrey, NM, 9:52.93

4X100-METER RELAY - 1, South Medford (Kelly King, Dan Hilgendorf,Jonathan Klenke, Andres Reed), 43.69; 2, North Medford (Jeff Wilkerson, Trent Huard, Ryan Weiss, Manny Alegria),44.13.

4X400-METER RELAY - 1, South Medford (Kelly King, Alando Pacas,Shaun Olson, Dan Hilgendorf), 3:29.45; 2, North Medford (Alan Gomez, Andres Kendig, Matt Schneider, MannyAlegria), 3:34.39.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES - North Medford 771/2, South Medford 671/2.

SHOT PUT - 1, Hope Berkey, SM, 38-51/4; 2, Crystal Worthington,NM, 33-8; 3, Karen Kralik, SM, 32-111/2.

DISCUS - 1, Rachel Munyon, NM, 101-6; 2, Hope Berkey, SM, 101-5;3, Karen Kralik, SM, 89-9.

JAVELIN - 1, Briana Gentry, NM, 109-1; 2, Katie Singler, SM,94-10; 3, Stephanie Anderberg, SM, 86-10.

HIGH JUMP - 1, Teri Silva, SM, 5-2; 2, Mallory Carlton, SM, 5-0;3, Amy Christy, NM, 5-0.

LONG JUMP - 1, Rosana Medina, NM, 17-4; 2, Whitney Grant, SM,16-7; 3, Kaylyn Knutson, SM, 15-10.

TRIPLE JUMP - 1, Teri Silva, SM, 36-7; 2, Mallory Carlton, SM,32-5; 3, Emily Dunn, NM, 32-0;

POLE VAULT - 1, Stephanie Anderberg, SM, 8-6; 2, Lisa Louie, NM,7-6; 3, Deidra Jankowski, NM, 7-6.

100-METER HURDLES - 1, Sarah Rountree, NM, 14.95; 2, HeatherFrigaard, SM, 15.1; 3, Heather Hodnett, NM, 16.93.

300-METER HURDLES - 1, Sarah Rountree, NM, 46.99; 2, HeatherFrigaard, SM, 47.22; 3, Katie Singler, SM, 51.36.

100 METERS - 1, Emily Dunn, NM, 12.64; 2, Katlyn Knutson, SM,12.65; 3, Amber Stevens, SM, 12.66.

200 METERS - 1, Brittany Hodges, NM, 25.9; 2, Emily Dunn, NM,26.3; 3, Amber Stevens, SM, 26.5.

400 METERS - 1, Brittany Hodges, NM, 59.82; 2, K. Whitten, SM,1:04.15; 3, Jill Walport, SM, 1:05.06.

800 METERS - 1, April Bradshaw, SM, 2:29.0; 2, Jenna Siebenlist,NM, 2:31.2; 3, tie, Brianna Hwang, NM, and Heidi Meador, SM, 2:33.4.

1,500 METERS - 1, Brianna Hwang, NM, 5:07.0; 2, Heidi Meador, SM,5:08.0; 3, Dacarie Robertson, NM, 5:14.0.

3,000 METERS - 1, Dacarie Robertson, NM, 11:58.5; 2, A. Finney,SM, 12:08.5; 3, N. Curtis, SM, 13:33.0.

4X100-METER RELAY - 1, North Medford (Sarah Rountree, RosanaMedina, Brittany Hodges, Emily Dunn), 49.8; 2, South Medford (Whitney Grant, Heather Frigaard, Kaylyn Knutson,Amber Stevens), 50.9.

4X400-METER RELAY - 1, North Medford (Brianna Hwang, RosanaMedina, Jenna Siebenlist, Brittany Hodges), 4:11.04; 2, South Medford, 4:22.5.

North's Sarah Rountree, left, races to a state-best time of 14.95 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, edging South's Heather Frigaard. - Mail Tribune photo / Roy Musitelli