TRACK: Southridge and Jesuit's boys battle for supremacy in 2007 Metro race
Faster than ever. Stronger than ever. Tougher than ever.
That, in a nutshell, will be the mark of the 2007 Metro League boys track and field race, a race that very well may come down to the talented boys teams from Jesuit and Southridge.
'I have to believe the two powerhouses in our league this year has to go to Southridge and Jesuit,' said Aloha coach Bill Volk. 'I would love to be at that meet and watch the two of them in a dual. Southridge's athleticism and Jesuit's depth would make for an interesting meet.'
'Southridge is going for state. They have the numbers and the talent, and Jesuit is real good,' said Westview coach Cheryl Wardell.
For her part, Southridge coach Terry Rife chose to downplay the matchup with the Crusaders, though she obviously believes in her team's chances to win.
'Jesuit will win league because of their depth in most events,' she said. 'They are balanced across the board. With their talent, they will also be able to make a viable run at state again this season.'
Following are previews of the varsity boys track teams at the six Metro League high schools.
ALOHA - There's external competition and internal competition and it's the internal variety that concerns first-year Aloha coach Bill Volk and his Warriors most this year.
The Aloha boys, coming off a 1-5 effort and eighth-place tie in 2006, should be better in 2007, but just how much better remains to be seen.
'The strength of our program is beginning to develop - that's the competition within our team,' said Volk, an attendance supervisor and strength coach at the school who took over head coaching duties from Tim Tank this year. 'Our biggest battle is not our competitors; it's ourselves.'
This year's Warriors are led by senior Jude Graves, the defending Metro champ in the triple jump and the top returner in the long jump, and by senior Trevor Rochlin in the javelin, who was fourth in the Metro League a year ago.
Other athletes expected to score regularly for the Warriors are senior Dominic Polizzi in the 400 meters and intermediate hurdles and sophomore Jason Waldram in the 800 and 1500.
100 - Brian Terletsky, Sr.; Vince Mull, So.; Kyle Neblett, Sr.; Jamie Marrs, So.; 200 - Mull; Neblett; Terletsky; 400 - Dominic Polizzi, Sr.; Travis McGowan, Jr.; 800 - David Stephensen, Jr.; Trey Trahin, Jr.; Kevin Sepulveda, So.; 1500 - Jason Waldram, So.; Sepulveda; Alexander LaFlamme, Jr.; 3000 - Waldram; Kurtis Owen, Sr.; LaFlamme; Sepulveda; 110 HH - Paulo David, So.; Brian Pawlowski, Sr.; Imeh Archibong, Fr.; 300 IH - Polizzi; David; High Jump - McGowan; Jake Stone, Jr.; Triple Jump - Jude Graves, Sr.; Chris Hodges, Sr., Coby Nelson, Jr.; Long Jump - Graves; Nelson; McGowan; Hodges; Pole Vault - Stone; Trevor Rochlin, Sr.; Shot Put - Christopher Newton, Jr.; Justin Toedemeier, Jr.; Spencer Moe, Jr.; Discus -Newton; Toedemeier; Moe; Javelin - Rochlin; Colin Looney, Jr.; Martin.
BEAVERTON - Contrast is the name of the game at Beaverton this year, where the Beavers bring back one of the most decorated athletes in the state in senior hurdler Tyler McBee (a four-time state champ) but also field one of their smallest teams in years.
'Obviously, Tyler McBee is going to be the focus of the whole Beaverton track team,' said Beaverton coach Jim Archer. McBee 'is a good anchor for our long relay team and obviously a great hurdler.'
The Beavers will also get a boost this year from senior Paul Fowler in the 800 and 1500 meters, and from sophomore Brad Bettendorf in the 400.
'That's the real foundation of the team, but other than that, we're just trying to find people at a lot of spots,' Archer said. 'It's the smallest team we've had in 10 or 15 years.'
100 - Riley Schmutzer, Jr.; Cody Ballard, So.; Seth Stillwell, Jr.; 200 - Schmutzer; Ballard; Nieco Biggi, Jr.; 400 - Brad Bettendorf, So.; R.J. Liggins, Jr.; Michael Carrington, Sr.; 800 - Paul Fowler, Sr.; Maneesh Arora, Sr.; 1500 - Fowler; Vincent Kirse, Jr.; Tom Semph, Sr.; 3000 - Kirse; Kyle Schytz, Sr.; 110 HH - Tyler McBee, Sr.; Logan Veith, Jr.; 300 IH - McBee; Carrington; High Jump - Liggins; Adam Bowlsby, Jr.; Triple Jump - Bowlsby; Carrington; Long Jump - Stillwell; Ji Gu Kang, Jr.; Pole Vault - Veith; Matt Brownell, Jr.; Shot Put -Colin Currier, Jr.; Josh Ahn, Sr.; Discus - Ahn; M. Lewis, So.; Javelin - Chris Woods, Jr.; Ninoah Wilmes, So.; Andrew Daniels, So.
BEAVERTON - Big. Fast. Deep. Strong. Experienced. Jesuit.
The Crusaders are back in force and among the favorites to win their fourth straight Metro League title this year, thanks to the return of a bevy of talented sprinters, a talented distance corps, a top-notch hurdler and a strong shot putter.
'We think we have a chance to compete with the top teams in the league,' Jesuit coach Tom Rothenberger said. 'We're excited.'
Foremost among the Crusaders' returners are three-quarters of the team's state champion 4 x 100-meter relay, senior Jamaine Olson, senior Kwame Essieh and junior Raphiel Lambert, who will be joined by senior Paul Weatheroy ('He's so much bigger, stronger and faster than last year,' Rothenberger said of Weatheroy) for another state-quality contender.
Add in senior hurdler Tyler Cope (second in the 4A state intermediates) and senior Andrew Matschiner in the shot (first in the Metro, fifth at state) and Jesuit should be tough again.
100 - Jamaine Olson, Sr.; Kwame Essieh, Sr.; Raphiel Lambert, Jr.; Paul Weatheroy, Sr.; 200 - Olson; Essieh; Lambert; Weatheroy; 400 - Brendan Cleary, Sr.; Keanon Lowe, Fr.; Stephen Holt, Fr.; 800 - Tim Kessler, Jr.; Sam Larson, Sr.; Brian Manning, Jr.; 1500 - Larson; Hans Hagmeier, Jr.; 3000 -Manning; Peter Maag, Sr.; Lucas Rothenberger, Jr.; 110 HH - Tyler Cope, Sr.; Isiah Burks, Sr.; Steven Kiyokawa, Sr.; 300 IH - Cope; Patrick Sullivan, Jr.; High Jump - Adam Grodahl, So.; Ramazan Muhammad, Jr.; Devaughn Wilhoite, Sr.; Triple Jump - Jimmy Ware, Sr.; Grodahl; Kiyokawa; Kyle Packan, Jr.; Thomas Angel, Jr.; Long Jump - Weatheroy; Burks; Michael Link, Fr.; Pole Vault - Jake Baertlein, Jr.; R.J. Strength, Sr.; Jon Grubb, Sr.; Mickey Quinn, Sr.; Shot Put - Andrew Matschiner, Sr.; Alex Bogrand, So.; Ian Marecic, Jr.; Kuy-Chun Youm, Jr.; Discus - Matschiner; Kenneth Ulrich, Fr.; Matt Dummer, Jr.; Javelin - Mac Bishop, Sr.; Patrick Gram, Jr.; Connors McMenamin, So.
BEAVERTON - If anyone can give Jesuit a run for their money it's Southridge, though technically the Skyhawks have much more than the legs to do it in 2007.
'Our strengths in the past have been sprints, but this season we are more balanced in our throws and jumps,' Southridge coach Terry Rife said. 'Our relays are also pretty good.'
The Skyhawks return two of the state's best in seniors Marcus Mathews (hurdles) and David Oppat (shot, discus).
'We can consistently count on them in their events to perform their best,' Rife said. 'They are good because they know how to compete.'
Mathews has the unenviable task of competing in the same league as two-time state champion Tyler McBee of Beaverton in both hurdles races. Mathews finished fifth at state in each event last year. Oppat has 6A's No. 2 mark in the discus this season, while senior Michael Thompson is the defending state champion in the javelin and holds the state's top mark in 2007 with a throw of more than 200 feet.
Southridge's 4x100 relay team that took third at state last spring also returns intact and includes Mathews and senior sprinters David Smith, Justin Smith and Tom Farinacci.
100 - Justin Smith, Sr.; David Smith, Sr.; Jamie Cady, Jr.; 200 - J. Smith; D. Smith; Tom Farinacci, Sr.; 400 - Dan Smith, Jr.; Farinacci; 800 - Kurtis Semph, So.; John Panaccione, So.; 1500 - Semph; Jace Green, Jr.; 3000 - Green; Jordan Brock, Sr.; 110 HH - Marcus Mathews, Sr.; Luke Leddige, Fr.; Andrew Anderson, Sr.; 300 IH - Mathews; Leddige; High Jump - Sha Harvey, Sr.; Trevor Harman, So.; Austen Timm, Jr.; Triple Jump - Eric Lovato, Jr.; Terry Norris, So.; Justin Thomas, So.; Timm; Long Jump - Harvey; Lovato; Pole Vault - Tony Dalton, Sr.; Martin Wall, Sr.; Tyson Welling, Jr.; Shot Put - David Oppat, Sr.; Eric Calheim, Sr.; Sam Evers, Jr.; Discus - Oppat; Michael Rich, Sr.; Javelin - Michael Thompson, Sr.; Evers; Calheim.
CEDAR MILL -With some of the league's top early season times and marks, Sunset has again proven to possess one of the better sprint and jumps units in the Metro. And the Apollos will look for those two areas to again carry them a season after finishing 4-2 in the league and fifth at the district meet.
'We are strong in all three jump events and should score our share of points in every meet,' Sunset coach Kevin Landon said. 'In all three sprints we have solid contenders also.'
Junior Ryan Meyer leads Sunset on the track in the 200 and 400, placing second at districts in the latter last year.
'Ryan Meyer is a guy we can count on every meet in the sprints,' Landon said. 'Ryan has exceptional work ethic and is determined to get back to the state meet this spring.'
Also senior Ishmael Tholley already has solid times in the 100 (11.23) and 200 (23.19).
Sunset has a stable of top jumpers in juniors Garrett Sim (long and triple jumps), Phillip Campbell (high jump) and L.B. Anderson (long jump), and senior Austin Hunt (high jump).
100 - Ishmael Tholley, Sr.; 200 - Ryan Meyer, Jr.; Tholley; 400 - Meyer; Herzog, So.; 800 - Matt Rothery, Sr.; 1500 - Armand Reitz, Jr.; Arslan Qurashi, So.; Ryan Kavanaugh, So.; 3000 - Quarashi; Reitz; Peter Fey, Sr.; 110 HH - Taylor Abdie, So.; Jake Vroman, So.; 300 IH - Abdie; Vroman; High Jump - Phillip Campbell, Jr.; Austin Hunt, Sr.; Triple Jump - Garrett Sim, Jr.; Long Jump - Sim; L.B. Anderson, Jr.; Pole Vault - Ian Newcom, Sr.; Bryce Lamberson, Jr.; Shot Put - Ben Novak, So.; Colton Tuhy, So.; Discus - Drew Nelson, Sr.; Novak; Javelin - Wes Wenzel, So.; Jacob Gawlista, Sr.
ROCK CREEK - You ain't nothin' in Metro League boys track without speed, but that doesn't bother Westview much - the Wildcats are again ready to run with the league's best.
'The strength of our team would be in the sprints again,' said Westview coach Cheryl Wardell. 'The Metro was stacked in the sprints last year and even more so this year, but I think we'll do well.'
That speed comes in the form of seniors Isaiah Keel and Duane Prewitt and freshman Daniel Keel. And there's more talent back, too, including junior Tyler Oliver in the javelin, senior Blake Woodard in the hurdles, junior Nick Bugas in the middle distances and senior Kirk Forstrom in the high jump.
'I think we'll have a good, competitive year,' Wardell said. 'Our numbers are up and that's a good thing, but it will be tough with only six teams.'
100 - Isaiah Keel, Sr.; Duane Prewitt, Sr.; Daniel Keel, Fr.; 200 - Isaiah Keel; Prewitt; Daniel Keel; Torsten Fengler, Sr.; 400 - Blake Woodard, Sr.; Fengler; Zach Bradford, Sr.; 800 - Nick Bugas, Jr.; Alex Emberlin, So.; Garrett McGale, Sr.; 1500 - Bugas; Erik Myers, So.; Emberlin; 3000 - Myers; Parker Weide, Jr.; Jeffrey Lyon, Fr.; 110 HH - Woodard; Richard Arnold, Jr.; 300 IH - Woodard; Arnold; High Jump - Kirk Forstrom, Sr.; Robert Casteel, So.; Daniel Keel; Triple Jump - Kevin LeRoy, Jr.; Collin Brehm, So.; David Borok, So.; Long Jump - LeRoy; Brehm; Borok; Pole Vault - Geoff Bailey, Jr.; Cory Long, Sr.; Shot Put - David Gertson, Jr.; Keith Rader, Jr.; David Clark, Sr.; Discus - Rader; Gertson; Andrew Coleman, Jr.; Javelin - Tyler Oliver, Jr.; Bailey; Jonny Cantrell, Jr.