The Sherwood track and field squads boast some talented competitors
by: DAN BROOD, ON THE RUN — Sherwood junior Kristin Oenning (right) will compete in the distances and the high jump.

SHERWOOD - The outlook for the Sherwood High School track and field teams for the 2008 season looks to be bright.

And it could keep getting brighter and brighter.

With a strong group of talented athletes, the Bowmen teams are boasting plenty of optimism.

'We're going to have a very rewarding season,' Sherwood coach Terrel Smith said. 'We have some young athletes that are getting better every week.'

Among the leaders for the Sherwood boys will be senior Kole Krieger, who is the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet champion in the pole vault. He'll also compete in the 110-meter high hurdles.

'He should be the top in the league,' Smith said. 'He's looking good.'

The Bowmen also have a strong group of distance runners, including senior Joel Hale, senior Greg Lemay, junior Dan Cushing, junior Luke Widows and senior Brantley Miller-Stecher.

Senior Curtis Fisher looks to shine for the Bowmen in the long jump and triple jump. He earned a trip to state in the triple jump last year. Senior J.J. Park will also compete in the long jump and triple jump. In the high jump, Sherwood will have freshman Griffin Ruehl.

Junior Greg Crump and sophomore Zach Baker will compete in the hurdles events.

In the throws, Sherwood will have junior J.D. Kerekanich and sophomore Scott Southwell.

The Sherwood girls team features sophomore Frances Pavao in the high jump. Last year, she won the district meet title in the event and she went on to place second at the Class 5A state championships. She's already cleared 5 feet, 6 inches this season.

'She's going to have a great year,' Smith said.

The Lady Bowmen will have a strong one-two punch in the high jump as versatile junior Kristin Oenning will also compete in that event, as well as in the distance races.

Also in the distances, Sherwood will have junior Kelsey Thalhofer, Marissa Ranno and Courtney Jones.

Junior Michaela Loewer leads the Sherwood sprinters. Sophomore Kaitlyn Harbick will run the 200 as well as competing in the long jump. Sophomore Mesha Perkins will run the 400.

Sophomore Kathryn Mariman is off to a strong start to the season in the pole vault event. She'll also compete in the hurdles races.

Senior Amber Choruby in the shot put, sophomore Kassee Flint in the discus and junior Kelsey Irish in the javelin look to be Sherwood's top throwers.

'This will be a good season,' Smith said. 'We'll compete well.'

The Bowmen teams were edged at Glencoe on April 2. The Sherwood boys lost 77½-67½ while the Lady Bowmen fell by an 82-63 margin.

The Sherwood teams were scheduled to host Hillsboro in a league dual meet on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Bowmen will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday when they host Liberty in a league meet starting at 4 p.m. at Sherwood High School.

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