GRESHAM -- All of the building blocks of Tualatin's first team title fit together according to plan on Friday and Saturday at the OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union 6A track meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
The final session was conducted in a steady rain that did little to dampen Tualatin's coronation.
The Timberwolves got contributions across the board on the way to 74 points.
Thrower Mariano Kis won the shot put (57-11) and the discus (177-7). The sprint group, led by Kwabena Lynn, won the 4x100 relay. The Timberwolves placed second and fourth (for 15 points) in both the 100 meters and the 110-meter high hurdles.
"This was the first year where it felt like one team instead of everyone doing their separate event," said Kis, who will throw at Colorado State.
Andrew Payton added five points with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters.
"It feels great," Lynn said. "We put in a lot of hard work every day and the end result we got today is really nice."
Sherwood, just a few miles down the road from Tualatin, placed second with 47 points. Junior Caleb Hagan had a big hand in that effort by sweeping the 6A sprint titles with 10.66 in the 100 meters and 21.68 in the 200.
The absence of Benson sprinter Micah Williams, who missed the state meet with an injury, was certainly felt. But cold and wet conditions wouldn't have been ideal for additional state record bids, even for Williams.
His teammate and friend, Jaylen Russell, salvaged some pride for the Techmen with a victory in the 300-meter hurdles in 37.61 seconds. That was good for No. 9 in Oregon history.
Sunset's Ethan Reese, already the 6A cross country champion from last fall, won his second straight 800 meters title, in 1:53.40.
Will Sheaffer, who scored 11 points in Jesuit's 6A basketball championship game victory, won the 1,500 meters.
Oregon City sophomore Ricky Ascencio won the 400 meters final in 49.13 seconds.
Jesuit won the 6A 4x400 relay in 3:19.56.
In 5A, North Bend's Jonathan Chilcote's powerful sprinting helped the Bulldogs secure the team championship with 72.50 points.
Chilcote anchored a victory in the 4x100 relay and also won the 100 meters in 10.98 and took fourth in the 200 meters. Ty Hampton, winner of the javelin on Friday, added a third-place finish in the discus and his teammate Hunter Bierce got fourth.
Ashland, which took second with 65 points, got another elite performance from junior distance star E.J. Holland in the 1,500 meters. With Crater's Jantz Tostenson on his heels for the second day in a row, Holland broke away on the final lap to win in 3:51.92. Tostenson was second in 3:54.48.
Willamette senior Dylan Murray got re-settled after a fall and disqualification in the prelims of the 300-meter hurdles on Friday. He won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.36 seconds, placed second in the 100-meter dash and also anchored his team to the 4x400 relay victory.
Dallas senior Malakai Connella ran 49.30 to win the 400 meters and also took the 200 in 22.31.
Hood River Valley sophomore Henry Buckles threw 59-5.50 to win the shot put.
Doug Binder is the editor of DyeStat.com