The top two teams from 2007 are ready to battle again in '08
The more that things change - like from 2007 to 2008 - the more they stay the same.
And that will likely be true in the 2008 Metro League girls track and field race where Jesuit and Southridge - last year's two Metro heavyweights - square off for another battle for league bragging rights.
'Jesuit and Southridge look to be very strong and I would have to pick either team to end up on top of the league,' Sunset coach Kevin Landon said.
'I think Southridge and Jesuit are the top two teams and I think Sunset will give them a good run too,' said Aloha coach Bill Volk.
While Southridge's Terry Rife also named Jesuit as favorite, Crusader coach Brian Valley knows it won't be easy in the talented and hyper-competitive Metro League.
'Sunset is good and Southridge is real tough, a definite challenge,' Valley said.
Following are previews of the varsity girls track and field teams at the six Metro League high schools.
ALOHA - Ready to rumble.
The Aloha girls team is feeling strong, feeling confident and feeling like it's ready to compete with anyone that gets in its way.
'We've kind of amped it up a bit on the girls side this year,' said Aloha coach Bill Volk. 'We're looking forward to this year.'
The Warriors, who opened their season with a win over Westview, will be led this season by senior thrower Emily Redmayne-Titley, senior high jumper Andrea Richardson, sophomore 400 runner Katie Pratt, and senior distance runner Shelby Brennan. Also playing big roles for the team are freshman Brianna Bain in the javelin, junior Raquel Lemire in the middle distances and senior sprinter Vanessa Frazier.
Frazier, Volk said, may not win a Metro title this season, but contributes on a daily basis with her work ethic and the experience she brings to a youthful group of sprinters.
Other returning district place-winners for Aloha are senior hurdler Lindsay Hunt and senior thrower Shannon Loggins, who placed in both the Metro district discus and shot put a year ago.
100-200 - Vanessa Frazier, Sr.; Corrin Neff, So.; Katie Pratt, So. 400-800 - Pratt; Taisha Moore, Fr.; Raquel Lemire, Jr. 1500-3000 - Shelby Brennan, Sr.; Lemire; Eliza Vistica, So.; Andrea Yarnell, Sr. Hurdles - Lindsay Hunt, Sr.; Jessica Hua, So.; Ashley Hunt, Fr. Jumps - Andrea Richardson, Sr.; Abby Allen, Jr.; Neff; Moore; Courtney Williams, Jr. Pole Vault - Erin Lodwick, Jr.; Caitlyn Hamel-Spencer, Fr. Throws - Emily Redmayne-Titley, Sr.; Brianna Bain, Fr.; Jennifer Nisley, Sr.; Shannon Loggins, Sr.
BEAVERTON - The numbers, frankly, aren't what they have been at Beaverton.
But there's still plenty of quality to be found on the Beavers' team, and that quality will certainly show through in the big meets at the end of the regular season.
Leading the way for the Beavers this year will be senior sprinter and jumper Ariel Shaw, senior thrower Kelly Marineau (the defending Metro League champion and current 6A leader in the javelin), and junior sprinters/throwers Michelle and Lindsey Johnson.
'We are not as strong this year as in the past, and we have to rely on a lot of underclassmen to help what depth we have,' said Beaverton coach Jim Archer. 'But you know the usual suspects who will carry the most weight for this team.'
Also due to carry some of that weight this year will be sophomore Kally Barker in the 400 and 800, junior Angela Soun in the shot put and discus, and freshmen Ally Aschbacher, Haley Gregoire, and Tanyel Yildirok in the distances.
100-200 - Ariel Shaw, Sr.; Michelle Johnson, Jr.; Rose Sullivan-Springhetti, Fr. 400-800 - Kally Barker, So.; Sullivan-Springhetti; Shaw; Ally Aschbacher, Fr. 1500-3000 - Aschbacher; Haley Gregoire, Fr.; Tanyel Yildirok, Fr. Hurdles - Lindsey Johnson, Jr.; Chelsea Koning, Sr; Michelle Johnson. Jumps - Michelle Johnson; Lindsey Johnson; Shaw; Baye Bryant, Fr. Pole Vault - Emily Fenger, So. Throws - Kelly Marineau, Sr.; Angela Soun, Jr.
BEAVERTON - There's no other way to say it - this year's Jesuit girls team is absolutely loaded with talent.
The Crusaders feature four returning district champions, three additional runners-up and enough depth to provide another year's worth of headaches for the rest of the Metro League.
'If we go out and do what we need to do, we feel we'll be able to compete with anyone,' said Jesuit coach Brian Valley. 'But we'll have to step up our game. We've got to step up and perform.'
Those reigning district champions include senior Adrienne McGuirk in the 3000, sophomore Sarah Bridges in the 800 and 1500, junior Tegan Clark in the long jump, sophomore Ali Grauert in the triple jump and senior Nichole Shaw in the pole vault, while the runners-up are McGuirk in the 1500, junior Kristen Colwell in the triple jump and senior Noelle VanRysselberghe in the 3000.
'It's all those people,' Valley said of his team leaders. 'It's really a team effort because of our depth and numbers.'
Other top returners include junior Jennifer Monk in the hurdles, junior Jenna Dixon and senior Rachel Sebastian in the sprints, junior Lindsay Cameron and junior Claire Hagler in the middle distances, and junior Alexis Hosfield in the hurdles and jumps.
100-200 - Jenna Dixon, Jr.; Rachel Sebastian, Sr. 400-800 - Sarah Bridges, So.; Sebastian; Michelle Mozena, Jr.; Noelle VanRysselberghe, Sr.; Lindsay Cameron, So.; Claire Hagler, Jr.; Payton Schutte, Fr. 1500-3000 - Adrienne McGuirk, Sr.; Bridges; VanRysselberghe; Liz Miller, Jr.; Lauren Tehan, Sr. Hurdles - Jennifer Monk, Jr.; Kristen Colwell, Jr.; Tegan Clark, Jr.; Lindsay Cameron, Jr.; Grace Culhaine, Fr. Jumps - Clark; Ali Grauert, So.; Alexis Hosfield, Jr.; Natasha Shirazi, Sr.; Colwell; Annie Johnson, Fr.; Madi Specht, Fr.; Jennifer Crisp, Jr. Pole Vault - Nichole Shaw, Sr., Meghan Pranger, Sr.; Emily Cornelius, Sr. Throws - Carly Wellington, So.; Paige Nicolletti, Jr.; Marissa Wilkins, Fr.; Maggie Klee, Sr.; Page Honeyman, Sr.; Elise Ferguson, Jr.
BEAVERTON - Southridge can sprint, hurdle, throw and jump with the best of them, but knows that competing with Jesuit may take even more in 2008.
'We will be competing for the second spot in the Metro this year,' said Southridge coach Terry Rife. 'We have a solid group of athletes, but we don't have the depth that is required to win our district meet. Again, the key to our success will be to continue what we are doing and staying healthy.'
What they do have, however, is a two-time Metro champion in senior hurdler Alyssa Rife, the best sprinter in the league in junior Kelsay Hones, the league's best returning 400 runner in junior Chloe Steinbeck, a top-notch jumper in junior Trinna Miranda and an equally talented thrower in senior Kayde Schaefer.
'These athletes are consistently top scorers and are counted on each meet to take charge,' Rife said. 'They are good because they know how to compete, they are driven, tough-minded, and have incredible work habits. They make each other better and have fun doing it.'
100-200 - Kelsay Hones, Jr.; Alyssa Rife, Sr.; Chloe Steinbeck, Jr. 400-800 - Taylor Hunt, Jr.; Ashley Timm, Jr.; Andra Thompson, So. 1500-3000 - Sarah Kelsay, Sr.; Brooklyn Snow, Jr. Hurdles -Rife; Taryn Dee, So.; Lainey Nash, Fr. Jumps - Trinna Miranda, Jr.; Rife. Pole Vault - Erin Lodwick, Jr. Throws - Kayde Schaefer, Sr.; ;Emily Tran, Jr.; Cindy Chen, Sr.
CEDAR MILL - Be it hurdles, bars or pits of sand, Sunset will be able to leap over just about anything this season. And the Apollos hope that allows them to get a jump on the Metro in 2008.
'We expect to finish in the top 3 of the league,' said Sunset coach Kevin Landon, whose Apollos took third last year.
Senior Erin O'Brien and junior Laura Stanulis gives Sunset a top threat in each of the three jumps. O'Brien tie for eighth in the high jump at the 2007 state meet. Stanulis has the third-best Class 6A marks in the long jump and triple jump this spring.
'We expect both of them to be in the top 3 in the league in all the jump events,' Landon said.
Sophomores Iris Craig and Melissa Bishop have posted solid early-season times in the hurdles, while junior Liz Goodrich has already cleared 10 feet in the pole vault. Senior Andrea Leiken (200 and 400) and junior Audrey Botti (800 and 1,500) pace Sunset on the track.
100-200 - Kia McCann, Sr.; Andrea Leiken, Sr.; Amber Maheu, Jr. 400-800 - Leiken; Maheu; Audrey Botti, Jr.; Tiffany White, So. 1500-3000 - Botti; Ellen Lekas, Sr.; White. Hurdles - Iris Craig, So.; Melissa Bishop, So.; Liz Goodrich, Jr. Jumps - Laura Stanulis, Jr.; Erin O'Brien, Sr.; Molly Mettler, So.; Alyssa Martin, So. Pole Vault - Liz Goodrich, So.; Brooke Baty, So. Throws - Samantha Potter, So.; Paige Molloy, Fr.; Jenna Quiring, Sr.; Breanna Steele, Sr.
ROCK CREEK - With a roster filled by sophomores and freshman, the foundation for future success is in the making at Westview.
And they'll start the process this season, as the Wildcats will rely on that youth to progress under the senior leadership of Bianca Martin, Megan Snell, Jennifer Coffey and Megan Jacobson.
'We're young,' Westview coach Rob Casteel said. 'Hopefully, we'll bring them along and they'll follow those seniors' leadership.'
In her first year consistently running the 800, Martin has emerged and already posted Class 6A's No. 4 time of 2008. Martin also runs the 1500 and 3,000 and is a key member of the 4x400 relay.
'Bianca's running really well,' Casteel said. 'We have high expectations for her.'
Sophomore Kwynn Butts and Snell (sprints) and Jacobson, Coffey and freshman Maliea Luquin (hurdles) also excel on the track.
Newcomer Brittany Roth-stein, a senior, has come out strong in the shot put and discus, while junior Kelly Pullin is among the Metro's top javelin throwers. Junior Brittany Thurston is the Wildcats' best jumper. Sophomore Brianna Savage and junior Maureen Fitzgerald contend in the pole vault.
100-200 - Kwynn Butts, So.; Megan Snell, Sr.; Jennifer Coffey, Sr.; Maliea Luquin, Fr. 400-800 - Bianca Martin, Sr.; Maureen Fitzgerald, Jr.; Emily Sippel, Fr.; Kirsten Myers, Fr. 1500-3000 - Martin; Myers. Hurdles - Jennifer Coffey, Sr.; Megan Jacobson, Sr.; Emily Johnsen, Jr.; Maliea Luquin, Fr. Jumps - Brittany Thurston, Jr.; Brianna Savage, So.; Justine Bird, Fr.; Mariah McGaffey, Jr. Pole Vault - Fitzgerald; Savage. Throws - Brittany Rothstein, Sr.; Kelly Pullin, Jr.; Dana Delgado, Fr. Pole Vault - Maureen Fitzgerald, Jr.; Allie Cauvel, Sr.; Kelsi Vincent, So.