Bowmen look to make the most of their talent

Boys track: Sherwood could be among the top teams in the NWOC
by: DAN BROOD, SUPER SPRINTER — Sherwood senior Jared Newell (right) is back for the Bowmen boys this season.

The Sherwood High School boys track and field team looks to have plenty of potential going into the 2007 season.

The Bowmen also seem to have plenty of talent.

Now, it's just a matter of putting it all together.

With that in mind, Sherwood is taking an optimistic view into the upcoming season.

'Ideally, there's a chance for our guys team to be really good,' Sherwood coach Terrel Smith said.

The Bowmen, with some strong returnees, look to have most of the events covered.

In the sprints, Sherwood returns seniors Jared Newell and Tim Otto. Last year, Newell and Otto were both part of the Bowmen 4 x 100-meter relay team that placed second at the Class 3A state meet.

In addition to the sprints, Newell and Otto will both be competing in the long jump this year. Otto got off to a flying start in that event as he set a new personal best, by a foot, with his mark of 20 feet, 8 inches at last Thursday's season-opening Sherwood Relays.

Also at that meet, junior Curtis Fisher turned in a distance of 42-6 in the triple jump.

In the high jump, Sherwood has seniors Chris Kiser and Ryan Lobdell.

Sophomore Dan Cushing leads Sherwood's group of distance runners. He triumphed in the 3,000 at last Thursday's meet with a time of 10 minutes and 10 seconds.

Sophomore Scott Harris looks to be the Bowmen's top runner in the 400.

In the throwing events, Sherwood will be led by senior David Irish, who is the team captain of the throwers. His best event could be the javelin.

Senior Victor Trejo should give the Bowmen strong marks in all three throws. Sherwood also has a new thrower in senior football star Spencer Wolfley.

Junior Kole Krieger gives the Bowmen plenty of versatility as he'll be competing in the pole vault, the hurdles and the long relay. He was second in the pole vault at last year's Tri-Valley League district meet.

This year Sherwood is up in the Class 5A level competing in the new Northwest Oregon Conference. And the Bowmen are looking to make their presence felt in the new league.

'I see our guys in the top third in league,' Smith said. 'I think we can do some good things.'