Track fans were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by sunny skies & a pleasant temperature of 58 degrees for the Mike Kostrba Invitational held at Sandy High School on Saturday instead of the usual cool & wet. Still the distance runners had to contend with a brisk breeze, which made taking an early lead rather problematic. In the girls’ competition Kellie Schueler was her usual dominant self, as she won the 100, 200 & 400 meter runs and added the top split on the winning 4 by 400 meter relay.

Summit’s distance star Alyssa O’ Connor showed that she has recovered from yet another injury, a stress fracture in her foot that appeared after the State XC meet, by winning the 1500M. The senior, who will be attending Cornell University next fall, won her race in a time of 4:59. Summit freshman Megan Fristoe suggested that she is ready to assume Alyssa’s distance leadership role at Summit next year by adding a victory in the 3K. The Summit girls claimed the team title with a 266 to 150 margin over host Sandy.

Barlow led the way on the guy’s side by winning 256 to 168 over Tigard. Tony Gonzalez of Mckay won the 100 & then came back to finish second in the 200M behind team mate DeEric Crockett. Chris Olsen of Putnam dipped below the magic two minute mark in the 800M winning with a time of 1:59. Glencoe’s Asron Rogers pulled away late in the 1500 to defeat Taylor Adrian of David Douglas. & then placed third in the 3K. Ian Burgess of Franklin was impressive in taking the 3K title in 9:27, as he defeated Alex Douvris of Glencoe. Burgess also contributed in Franklin’s victory in the 4 by 400 Meter relay.

Tigard was led by Ian McGetrick, who won both the 100 & 300M hurdles. Olivia Ferrara led Sandy by achieving the feat on the girl’s side. Courtney Tripp also contributed to Sandy with victories in the discus & shot put.

The Distances Erin McLaughlin, a junior from Milwaukie, took the lead almost from the start. With the wind as stiff as it was the move was a valiant one & she was shadowed by Amber Rozcicha of Newberg. Alyssa O’ Connor prudently tucked closely behind the pair & stayed here for better than two laps. McLaughlin set splits of 1:24 & 2:50 but O’ Connor made a decisive move with about 500 meters to go to claim the victory. Rozchica placed 2nd with 5:01 & Franklin’s Julia Fonk took 3rd. McLaughlin held on to finish 4th ahead of Kaytlin Fischer of Glencoe. Ariel Clark of David Douglas placed 6th & Summit’s Brooklin Brumond was 7th. In the boy’s 1500 Aaron Rogers led a pack of six runners through splits of 65 - 69 (2:14). Rogers finally pulled away from Taylor Adrian of David Douglas late in the race to win by a second with 4:14. Zach Seely claimed 3rd two seconds further back & headed a procession of closely separated runners that included Paden Snell, Ben Foubert & Ian Walch.

The girls’ 3K say Hayley Gregoire & Ally Aschenbacher of Beaverton share the early lead through splits of 1:16 & 2:43. They were followed by a group of runners including Kaytlin Fischer, who was doubling back from the 1500, Rachel Shelley of David Douglas plus Megan Fristoe & Joy Shufeldt (Franklin). Prior to the 1600, which was reached in 5:52, Fristoe made her move a was followed by Shufeldt. During the ensuing lap they opened a lead over the pack but in the end it was the Summit freshman, who drew away to win with a time of 10:55. Joy finished with 11:03 in second & Aschenbacher edged Fischer with a time of 11:08. Hayley Gregoire came home in 5th with 11:10, which was nine seconds ahead of Rachel Shelley of David Douglas. Hilary Sharpe of Summit earned 7th. The race for the boys’ 3K was primarily a battle between Ian Burgess & Alex Douvris after Aaron Rogers, who was doubling back, fell off the pace. Down the stretch it was the sophomore Burgess, who pulled away from the senior Douvris to win 9:27 to 9:28. Rogers came in 3rd with a fine 9:40 while Mark Medgin of Tigard finished 4th with 9:44.