Local track teams turn eyes toward districts
Yamhill-Carlton, Dayton and Sheridan competed Thursday at the Tigers’ Invitational in the final regular season meet of the 2013 season.
Westside Christian won the invite, Seaside took second with 99 points while Yamhill-Carlton finished third (61), Dayton took fourth (33) and Sheridan finished fifth (23).
On the boys side, the Seagulls won nine of the 16 events. Dayton’s Luke Wildhaber shined in the 300-meter hurdles, winning the event in 42.34 seconds.
“It was really great,” Dayton track coach Scott Spink said. “I think we saw and took a lot of great things from that meet. It was a high level of competition, and we did really well.”
The Tigers relay team won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 43.67 seconds, while Sheridan’s team of Peyton James, Ethan Ford, Kordell Sorensen and Derek Wiens finished second at 4:08.43.
Dayton’s Kevin Castillo took first in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 8 inches, while Dylan Griffith of Sheridan took second in the discus. Wildhaber took second in the javelin with a throw of 149 feet, 8 inches.
Yamhill-Carlton’s Ryan Braden and Luca Quierolo took first and second in the high jump. Braden also won the long jump. Isaac Spencer won the pole vault for the Tigers, clearing a height of 11 feet.
Kodee Koch closed out the day with a win for Dayton in the triple jump, clearing 38-2.
“Luke had a good day, and Kodee had a really good day,” Spink said. “These kids have been working a lot lately but are doing really well.”
The Dayton girls did even better. The Pirates finished fourth behind Westside Christian, Yamhill-Carlton and Seaside. The 4x100 relay team of Julianne Benson, Maddie Shirley, Katey Harris and Sydney Mohler finished second with a time of 51.33, but the time broke Dayton’s school record.
Harris and Benson were the top individual finishers for the Pirates. Harris won the 800 at 2:37.73. Benson won the javelin with a throw of 124 feet, five inches.
“The girls had some great marks today,” Spink said. “That relay was great. They’ve been working hard, and to have that kind of energy with multiple meets recently is incredible.”
Other than the 800 and 3000-meter run, Yamhill-Carlton swept all the running events. The Tigers’ Megan Breshears and Sheridan’s Briana Potter tied in the shot put at 33-06.50.
Yamhill-Carlton’s Cheyenne O’Loughlin and Tara Ritcheson took first in the high jump and pole vault. Sheridan’s Mackenzie Hall finished second in the high jump, while Mohler from Dayton took second in the long jump.
“The plan now is to really let them rest,” Spink said. “That way they can taper off just before districts. I think they’ll be primed and ready to go.”
District meets are here. The Cowapa League district meet starts Thursday and runs through Friday at Seaside. The West Valley League district meet starts at 3 p.m. Friday at Dayton and finishes up Saturday.
McMinnville competes in the Pacific Conference championships Thursday and Friday at Tualatin High School. Competition starts at 3 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday.
The OSAA state track and field championships are May 23-25 at Hayward Field in Eugene. All six classifications are at the same site for the first time this year.