Central wins relay showdown with Molalla

Cody Prescott kicks past his counterpart on the anchor leg for the track team.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central finished the Sherwood Invitational track meet with a flourish April 6, winning the boys 1,600 relay in 3:32.23.

Devin Conklin ran the opening leg for Central and was followed by Ethan Muncrief, Michael Phillips and Cody Prescott, who had to kick past a Molalla runner for the win.

"We had a showdown with Molalla, and we beat them," Panthers coach Tim Conley said. "Those were two of the best 3A 1,600 relay teams in the state. It was fun to watch. We started off in the lead. We were behind on the second and third legs. Our anchor guy beat their anchor guy. I predict they'll be in the mid-3:20s by the end of the season. That would be my prediction, my hope."

Phillips also took first in the 200 in 23.5. Kyle Seick was second in the 3,000 meters with a 10:31.28 clocking.

Justin Cuellar took first in the javelin with a throw of 165-5.

"That was his second-best throw ever," Conley said. "Hopefully he can start getting into a rhythm and we can elongate is approach a little. We're hoping to get him into the 170s pretty soon."

Francisco Vega placed second in the shot out with a toss of 45-2.5. He also threw 123-10 for the runner-up spot in the discus.

Sara Cole and Hannah Wilson continued to lead the Central girls.

Cole won the discus for the third time in four meets with a throw of 108.5. She also was first in the javelin at 112-10 and third in the shot put at 34-7.

"Those aren't great marks for her," Conley said. "She's been battling some back pains and that prevented her from really getting after it. She'd be way ahead of goals for this point in her career if it wasn't for the back pains. But she should be OK with a little rest."

Wilson won the 3,000 in 11:54.3 and was second in the 1,500 with a 5:30.8 clocking.

Tasha Tolzmann took third in the 200 in 28.7 and fourth in the 100 in 13.43.

Central will take on Philomath and Newport on Thursday, April 14 at Newport.

"We're just at that point where we need to start fine-tuning and getting focused for district," Conley said. "We're about halfway through the competitive phase and we've got about five weeks before district. We need to start concentrating on our major events. We've had our fun. Now it's time to get serious."


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