Scappoose had some gritty perfomances at the state meet
Unlike the weather this week, it was a pretty nice two days at the 6A-5A-4A state track meet at 'Historic Hayward Field' in Eugene last week.
It got a little cloudy Friday evening, but I was nursing a bit of a sunburn from earlier on the first day the rest of the weekend.
Scappoose track coach David Harley, most usually one of the world's most pleasant people, was practically aglow on Saturday as he presented awards to some of his athletes.
Always one to give his athletes a boost, he had praise for not just the athletes that won but for all that competed in the 4A state meet. He noted that almost all broke personal records, many making big strides in either time or distance.
Adonis Siscoe was expected to win the 100 and 200. He had the fastest times in his class in the state, and he certainly lived up to his reputation. He did what he needed to do. He was pressed last year and finished second in the 100. His time last year was actually better than this season. It broke the state record, but so did the gentleman from Ontario that finished first. There was no doubt this time.
It was Siscoe that also anchored the 4x100 relay team that also took first, making it a sweep of the three sprint events. Stephen Bowe, Jason Amick and Jadyn Harris did their job of giving him a chance to win it.
David Mayo didn't win any events as he had at district, but he was a competitor in all four of his events, and he earned the Tribe some team points. He's a great athlete, a good person, and he will sorely be missed at Scappoose.
I was particularly impressed by the grit and determination of young Charlie Davidson at the meet. I first noticed her making an impact on the Scappoose soccer team last year that made the playoffs.
She got more notice with her heady performance in the 1,500 meter run. She hung on the shoulder of last year's champion, didn't panic or quit when she got passed on the last lap, and then just flat out stole the race in the last 100 yards. When it was all said and done she had a bit of tear in her eye as she began to realize what she had accomplished. She had a tougher time in the 800, staying with the pack, but getting cut off from making a surge to the finish. It appeared to me the other girls didn't want to give her a chance to do it again. It was a pretty amazing day for her, and she'll be around for three more years.
St. Helens also had some athletes at the meet and they also had their moments. Will Lawrence is the heart of the team. He finished fourth last year as a sophomore in the 400, finishing eighth in the preliminaries. This time he was the favorite by time, but had experienced some serious competition from Ian McNaughton of Hood River Valley. Lawrence bested his own previous best, broke a school record, but finished second to McNaughton. It's hard to fault anyone that runs his or her best. The 400 is a flat out sprint these days and he's done well. He obviously wasn't pleased on the awards stand, but he shouldn't be too hard on himself.
The Lions were disqualified in the 4x400 relay, but they shouldn't blame themselves too much. One of the racers stepped inside the line one too many times, but it happens.
For some, there is next year to think about. To learn lessons from this meet and put them to use next year. There's almost always room for improvement.
Our congratulations to all those athletes that made it to state, not only in track, but also in whatever sport they are in. It's a marvelous accomplishment.