Track team preparing at Madras
Madras High's track and field White Buffalos are mainly warming up this week with their initial competition still more than a week away.
Head coach Lonnie Henderson had said before spring break that he was looking forward to having this week as a time to get all the athletes stretched out and thoroughly prepared for their opening efforts. Those will come on April 3, when the Buffs host Estacada in one of three dual meets against Tri-Valley district foes taking place at Madras this spring.
Dominique Easterling's return as the defending champion and state record holder in the triple jump will be the top draw for Madras this spring.
Yet, there are plenty of other skilled and trained athletes who will help Madras in track and field, including girls shot put and discus talents Carly Lofting, Sierra Ferguson and Charlene Moody. Potential returnees Elise Hawes, a hurdler, and Jocelyn Cuautle, in the sprints, give the girls scoring potential that might offset the graduation of Rachel Lofting, a state meet medal-winning discus thrower.
Graduation claimed javelin ace Maurice Strickland off the boys side, but Madras is awash in potential state meet participants on its boys roster.
John Adams has been accelerating on the basketball court throughout the winter but is ready to translate that into straight line speed on the track for the Buffs. He went on from one of the fastest districts in the state last spring when he made the state meet in the 200.
Henderson has room for more competitors, but said this year's turnout has been an improvement on the recent past, as least in the preseason.