Indians have strengths and some question marks this season
The Scappoose boys' track team returns a strong contingent of athletes this spring and will certainly be in the mix for the Cowapa League championship.
The Indians were second in the league last season, just 6.5 points behind Banks. The Indians sent several athletes on to state, and got points from Adonis Siscoe in the 100 and Jonnie Clark in the pole vault. Siscoe took second in the 100-meter dash with a :10.82, besting the school record and the previous state record. Clark was third, tying his own school record at 14-feet.
Clark graduated, as did several other district place winners, and Siscoe has some academic criteria to complete before he can participate this season. The earliest he'll return is after spring break. If he returns, he also gives the Indians a big boost in the 200, long jump, triple jump and on the relays.
Still, there are nearly 100 athletes out for the track team this year, right around the number coach David Harley shoots for.
'We've got about 92 kids (as of last week), and we'll pick up a couple of basketball players and four or five dance team members,' Harley said. The team breaks down to around 60 boys and 40 girls.
The boys have a lot of strength this season. In the throwing events, Chad Hollingsworth, Tim Trask and David Mayo give the Indians a lot of depth in the shot, discus, and javelin. Trask and Mayo are seniors, Hollingsworth a junior. Mayo took up the high hurdles as well last season and was a surprise second in district. He also qualified for state in shot.
Hollingsworth and Trask were around 43-feet in shot last season. They said they'd like to finish around 47-feet this year. 'That's the goal for the shot,' Hollingsworth said, 'to improve about four feet a year.'
The Indians also have strength in other field events. Mason Foumal, a junior, was the district champ in the high jump. He'll also add depth in the long jump and high hurdles.
The Indians additionally have the reigning cross country champ, Zach Fry. Just a sophomore, he gives the Indians a strong replacement for the graduated Parker Elder.
'He's positioned to be one of the better runners in the state in the 1,500 and 3,000,' Harley said.
He looks to Jadyn Harris, a sophomore, and Stephen Bowe, a junior, as multipurpose athletes that can help in several areas.
The Tribe will miss Clark in the pole vault. 'We lost a pretty good pole vaulter and have very little experience there, we're starting over,' Harley said.
The coach says an influx of new kids makes it difficult to know exactly where the Indians stand as a team. 'So many new kids it's hard to say how we'll do. We're trying some things, picking up slack in some areas. We'll have a pretty good short relay, but (possibly) not as fast as I'd hoped,' he said. If Siscoe, possibly the fastest 4A sprinter in the state, returns the Indians will be a lot stronger.
Harley noted that Banks lost several athletes to graduation. He said the Indians would be able to cover some events this year they didn't last season.
'No one expected us to compete with Banks at the start of the season last year, much less finish just six points behind them. On paper this year, it looks like us and Banks competing again,' he added.
The Lady Indians were very young last season and finished fifth in district. Although they weren't that far out of second place, they had less than half the points Banks had to win the championship.
The team is still pretty young, but a little more experienced. They return: Tia Carnahan, a sophomore, and the district cross country champion, in the distance races; Carly DiPietro, a sophomore, and district long jump champion; Zoey Hendryx, a junior, in the hurdles and 400; Heather White, a junior, and district placer in the shot and discus; and Ariel Hortert in the jumps and sprints.
The Lady Indians have just three seniors on the team this year. Harley thinks Scappoose can move up this season.
'Unless something drastic happens, the Banks girls will be very, very strong. They didn't really lose any significant athletes. The rest of us, with the exception of Tillamook, will fight it out for the second spot.'
The Indians kick off their season this Thursday, hosting the Bob Anderson Relays. They don't compete again until April 2 in the Wilsonville Rotary Invitational.