Cougars Round Into Form at Final TRL Meet Before Districts

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With the district meets just one week away, the Canby Cougar track and field team faced off against Lake Oswego, Tigard and Oregon City in the season’s final Three Rivers League meet at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City.

Cohen Hall got things going with a victory in the boys’ 100-meter dash, while Cam Lee nabbed fourth. Hall would finish sixth in the 200, with Omar Villanueva coming in as the top-finishing Cougar with a third-place mark.

Canby continued their stretch of dominance in the mid-distance events: Tommy O’Neil set a personal record in the 400 with a winning time of 50.59 seconds, and Maddox Oliver was victorious in the 800 by four seconds.

The Cougars were unable to notch a podium finisher in the longer events, hurdles and relays — Joel Ibarra’s fourth place in the 1,500 was the closest time — but Drew Pierson got them back on track.

Junior Maddox Oliver claimed first place in the 800 meter. File photos.

The senior won the long jump, while his teammate Treyson Wakefield finished out the boys’ events with a second place in the triple jump.

On the girls’ side of the track, no Cougars managed to win an event on the day. RayAnne Schedler was one of two Cougars who came close, with a second-place finish in the shot put; Schedler lost to Lake Oswego’s Casey Moran by one foot.

Elsewhere, the stalwart Kenzie Bigej was the other Canby athlete to notch a podium finish. The star freshman notched a third-place finish (and a PR) in the 400 with a time of 1:00.08. Ashley Peterson was just one second back, setting a PR of her own.

While the Cougars failed to gain traction in the individual events, the Canby girls claimed second in the 4×400 relay. The team of Samantha Astorga, Ava Schrefler, Peterson and Bigej beat out third-place Oregon City by 14 seconds with their time of 4:18.75.

While many of the younger Cougar athletes competed at the JV Districts on Friday, the remainder of the team will return to Pioneer Stadium from Wednesday to Friday for the TRL Varsity District Championships.

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