By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Alex Sharabarin wasn’t worried about facing off against West Salem senior and defending 6A state champion in the pole vault, Micah Masei, but instead decided to focus on himself.

That strategy paid off as Sharabarin cleared a personal record 11 feet, six inches on Wednesday, April 5 to finish second to only Masei, who tied the mark of 14 feet he set at Hayward Field last May.

“It’s good motivation to see him but I don’t really think much of it,” Sharabarin said. “I just have to go out and do my best. Every meet is kind of like a practice for me to get better and better and build myself up all the way until districts.”

Sharabarin wasn’t the only McNary athlete to have a record setting day against West Salem.

McNary junior Victor Zavala threw the javelin 151-07 to easily win the event and break his PR by nearly eight feet. The mark was the second best in the Greater Valley Conference this season.

They key was rest.

“Starting the season, I threw as hard as I could just to get a glimpse to see where I was at,” Zavala said. “After that, I didn’t throw for a week and a half. I just let my arm relax and practiced on my form. It helped my arm a lot.”

Sophomore Bo Rahm won and had a PR in both the shot put (47-03.5) and discus (119-01). His throw in the shot put was a nearly seven foot increase from his PR and would have been good enough to finish fourth in the GVC and 10th in the state last season.

“There’s so much technique if you get one little thing down, it can propel you,” McNary head coach Franklin Gauntz said.

“Bo is only a sophomore so just learning how to compete and getting your mind right. It looks like they’ve (Rham, Zavala and Sharabarin) figured it out and hopefully it continues. It gives us more momentum going into the conference meet and makes them feel good.”

McNary senior Brendan Van Voorhis put all of his concentration into the 100 and that decision paid off as he finished in 11.14 seconds, which would’ve been good enough for second in the GVC last season.

McNary’s girls distance runners also had a strong showing. Sophomore Emma Garland won the 1500 in 5:48.51 while junior Allison Repp and sophomore Makayla Long took first and second respectively in the 3000 in 13:26.4 and 13.42.7.

Gauntz also liked what he saw from the girls 4×100 team of Haley Hughes, Courtney Giessinger, Caitlyn Kiefiuk Yates and Alyssa Looney, who placed second in 54.43 behind a strong West Salem squad.

“Our girls relay team did some good things on the 4×100,” Gauntz said. “It doesn’t really look like that going against West but West is extremely fast. They’re going to compete for the  state title in the 4×100, probably. Their girls team, nothing against their boys because their boys are legit, too, but their girls are really good.”

McNary is scheduled to compete against more than 40 other teams in the Willamette Falls Invitational at OC Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City on Saturday, Apri1 15, which will be a good meet particularity for those athletes looking to compete at state.

“That will be a really good race for everybody but obviously we’re going to try to do some things with Brendan that day and see if he can put a workload together with a long day instead of a dual meet where it’s a short break,” Gauntz said.