Tribe track effort was exceptional
Scappoose athletes have their best state score
The Scappoose Indians didnt get everything they wanted at the 4A state track meet in Eugene Friday and Saturday, but they came very close.
The Tribe boys earned at or near their best marks of the season and would finish sixth overall at the state meet.
The team had two second-place finishes, a third, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, a seventh, and an eighth.
While they werent able to defend their 4x400 state title of last season, they came very close with a time nearly two seconds better than their winning time of last year. They were within hundredths of a second off their best season mark. Mychal Hortert, Nick Rust, Paul Revis, and Justice Oman couldnt have done much better. Oman carried the weight of the anchor leg, starting in second and closing the gap, but not by quite enough. He held off Tillamooks Markus Pullen, who nipped him in the 400 at district. Oman had the best relay split of the meet with a 49.8. Revis put him in contention with an impressive 50.8 split, passing three other athletes to move into second.
Oman also took the other second place for Scappoose in the 400, finishing behind Jeremy Derosiers of La Pine. Even his best time, recorded in the prelims the day before (49.92) wouldnt have beat Derosiers, a first-year senior.
Revis was just a shade off his best time in the 100 earlier on Saturday, finishing fourth overall, just a half step out of first. He also contributed an eighth-place in the long jump, going 20-feet, 8-inches.
It was Oman taking the third leg of the 4x100 relay, and Revis bringing it home on the anchor leg. Jadyn Harris, a senior, and Jarrett White, a freshman, ran the first two legs. The team had their fastest time of the season (43.36) to take third.
The fifth place in the meet for Scappoose was recorded by Harris in the 300 hurdles. Joey Krupsky, a sophomore, surprised just about everyone with a 42-2.5 for sixth in the triple jumpover three feet farther than his previous best. Mick Vanek also had a personal best of 13-feet in the pole vault for seventh place. There were actually five athletes at 13-0, with just four above them and the winner going 14-0.
All in all, state was an amazing feat for the Tribe boys. After the final 4x400, the Scappoose team gathered on the sidelines, happy with their effort, but silently wishing they had won the event. Oman said he realized what an accomplishment it was. Revis was gassed after competing in four finals, and six times overall. It was the last high school sports competition for the senior. His high school career was impressive, lettering in four sports, making all-league and all-state in several. He made an impact in all of them. Just the fact that he could go out for track for just his senior year and make all-state in four events says a lot about his athletic ability and determination.
While the boys certainly had an excellent meet, we shouldnt forget about the lone Scappoose girl in the finals at state. Charlie Davidson took second in the 1,500 and third in the 800, scoring all of Scappooses team points. Davidson, a junior, ran her heart out in the 1,500 but couldnt out kick senior Sierra Brown of Hidden Valley. She ran her race, but it wasnt quite enough. That happens sometimes. Her time was her second best of the season. She tried to run a difficult double with the 800 and held off a hard charge from a Stayton sophomore to take third by .03. The state ran relays different this year, running both heats on the last day. Davidson also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 with Haley Wight, Abby Kessi, and Eleanor Jones. They finished down in the pack at 12th, but did not want for effort.
Davidson will have another year at Scappoose and it appears she will continue her running career in college, possibly at a Division 1 school.
Scappoose also had girls in three other events at state. Kessi was 13th in the 800, but might have been higher if someone hadnt stepped on her and she lost her shoe. I watched one of the clerks hand it back to her as she left the track. Carly DiPietro, a senior, was also back at state in the pole vault (12th) and triple jump (11th).
Tribe coach David Harley is proud of the effort his athletes gave and notes that most of them will return next season. He has a freshmen that competed at state and others coming up that will in future years. This years squad should be congratulated for a good season. It appears more await down the road.