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Timberwolves are hoping to have the right mix

The Tualatin track and field teams are ready to run in 2011
by: Dan Brood IN FLIGHT — Tualatin’s Maddie Anderson clears the high jump bar at last year’s state meet.

TUALATIN - The Tualatin High School track and field teams look to have an interesting mix heading into the 2011 season.

Both Timberwolf squads have some talented, proven returnees to go along with some promising younger athletes.

It should make for an intriguing season for both Tualatin teams.

'We have some holes to fill with young athletes,' Tualatin coach Paul Zitzelsberger said in regard to the Timberwolf girls team. 'It will be interesting to see how the season develops.'

One area where the Tualatin girls look to be definitely strong will be in the high jump, where both senior Maddie Anderson and junior Kristin Coffman return.

Last year, Anderson placed second and Coffman took third in the high jump at the Class 6A state championships, both clearing 5 feet, 5 inches at the state event.

Anderson will also be running in both hurdles events for Tualatin. Last year, she was fourth at the Pacific Conference district meet in the 100-meter high hurdles.

For Coffman, the third-place finish in the high jump was just part of a big state championships as she also ran to eighth place in the 800. She'll be competing in any of the distance races this season as well as in the 4 x 400 relay.

Another key returnee for the Tualatin girls is sophomore Alli Cross. Last year, she placed ninth at state in the 1,500. Cross, who won the district cross country title in the fall, is currently recovering from a stress fracture.

The Wolves have another returning state meet competitor is senior Whitney Harris. Last year, Harris was second at district in the shot put and she went on to place 14th at state.

Leading the way for the Tualatin girls in the sprints will be sophomore Sarah McDowell. She'll compete in the 100, 200 and 400 as well as the relay and the long jump. Tualatin will also have freshman Laura Taylor and Sarah Jacobson in the sprints. Taylor will also compete in the pole vault.

In the hurdles, Tualatin will have junior Rachel Wisler and freshmen Kristi Workman and Jordyn Brenneman. Last year, Wisler was fifth in the 100 high hurdles and sixth in the 300 low hurdles at the district meet.

Joining Coffman and Cross in the distance events will be seniors Stephanie Galluzzo and Heidi Patton and sophomores Emily Barry and Kayla Moore. Last year, Galluzzo was sixth in the 3,000 and eighth in the 1,500 at district.

Sophomore Tori Bryant will compete in the high jump as well as the sprints.

Sophomore Emily Wisler looks to be one of the team's top long jumpers. She was seventh in that event at district last year. She'll also run in the short relay and triple jump.

Junior Mallory Turner will compete in the pole vault, where she was fourth at district last year, and the long jump. Junior Heather Wisner will also pole vault and sophomore Clara DeFontes will triple jump and run in the short relay.

In the throws, Tualatin has senior Alyssa Boring in the shot put and javelin, junior Shelly Trost in the shot put and discus and freshman Azzhaley Reynolds in the shot put and discus.

As a team, the Tualatin girls will be looking to compete strong in the new-look Pacific Conference.

'It could be a wide-open district meet,' Zitzelsberger said. 'Tigard and Newberg return some quality athletes, as does Glencoe.'

The Tualatin boys, like the girls, have some strong returning competitors. Among them is senior Taylor Altringer, who qualified for last year's state meet in the 100, the 400 (where he placed eighth) and the 4 x 400 relay. Altringer also will be trying the 800 this year.

Senior Matt Taylor and sophomore Jefrey Williams, who also were part of the Timberwolves' district champion 4 x 400 relay team, also return. Taylor will also be competing in the 4 x 100 relay, the 400 and the pole vault. Williams will also be competing in the 400 and the triple jump.

Also back for the Wolves is junior Cameron Ericksen, who was seventh at district in the pole vault last year. Ericksen, who also already cleared 13 feet in the pole vault this season, will also compete in the high jump.

Junior Brady Brajavich looks to be the Wolves' top returnee in the hurdles events. He was seventh in the 110 high hurdles and fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles at district. Brajavich will also compete in the high jump.

In the sprints, Tualatin will have senior Bao Phong, freshman Nick Hines, sophomore Zachary Salton and junior Nathan Gardner.

In the hurdles, the Wolves will have senior Zach McMahon and junior Spencer Bateman. Senior Jason Cross, senior Riley Compton, junior Tony Terjeson and junior Cade Thompson could be the team's top distance runners.

Senior Devare Good, freshman Matthew Asay, sophomore Cody Allison and senior Jordan Boyd will compete in the jumps.

In the throws, Tualatin will have senior Lance Acosta in the shot put and discus, senior Nick Hansen in the discus and javelin and junior Hayden Anderson in the javelin.

The Tualatin boys, as a team, will be looking to make their mark in league competition this season.

'We would like to make the district meet very interesting,' Zitzelsberger said. 'Even though Tigard graduated a number of quality athletes, they still have the depth to repeat their district title. Newberg will be close behind.'