Lake Oswego returns plenty of talent on 2012 track teams
The Lake Oswego track teams have top-end talent and depth again this year and hope that it combines for another strong season.
The Laker girls return some state qualifiers, including Christy Wood, one of the state's top sprinters.
Wood was the district champion in the 200 and 400 last season and should be even stronger this year.
"She's been working her tail off and I'd think she'll be a top finisher this year," coach Eric Lider said.
Also returning are two top throwers in Amber Swayne and Haley Russell who should be among the league's best in the shot put and discus.
The Lakers are also expecting big things out of sophomore Riley Hatfield, Emily Prasil and hurdler Mitra LeBuhn.
"She's one of the most competitive girls I've seen," Lider said.
In the distance events, Lake Oswego will be led by Shea Vallaire, Sammy Wong and Becca Miles.
Lake Oswego is also looking for a big year out of Erika Treske in the field. Treske specializes in the high jump but also pole vaults and throws the shot put.
Claire Hoobler-Curtis also returns to help shore up the jumps for Lake Oswego.
Caitlin Bracken should also make an impact for the Lakers in the javelin.
"We're really pretty balanced and I think we could be right there at the end of the season,' Lider said.
For the boys, the Lakers are looking forward to seeing what a healthy Will Shannon can put together this season.
After dealing with injuries last year, Shannon qualified for state and should be one of the league's best in the 100 and 200 this year.
Eric and David Soo along with Yong Kim will also help the Lakers out in the sprints.
"We could be really fast in the relays. We have four guys who are all pretty strong," Lider said.
Jasper Yildirim should also be among the league's best in both the long jump and triple jump, along with teammate Clay Leedy.
"Those two give us a really nice 1-2 punch in those events," Lider said. Dane Jones also has potential in the high jump and triple jump.
Lake Oswego also has a strong distance crew, led by Nate Normo, Todd MacDonald and Philip Kearns.
In the hurdles, Alex Tymchenko and Connor Bracken will give the Lakers depth.
In the field, Remi Rufai will lead the Lakers in the shot put and the discus while Jack Halvorsen could be a top competitor this year in the pole vault.
Sam Lantow also returns after taking fifth in the league in the javelin last year.
Lake Oswego's next meet is scheduled to be against Canby next Wednesday.