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Tribe track teams will be strong in league again

Both the boys and girls lost some key athletes, but bring back a good corps
by: John Brewington TRACK CHAMPS—Scappoose’s Charlie Davidson (left) and Tia Carnahan will anchor a powerful Lady Indians track team this season. Davidson is the reigning state 4A 1,500 meter champion.

The Scappoose High track teams return a lot of members from last year's squads, and they should both again be contenders for the Cowapa League district title.

The boys and to a lesser extent the girls will be missing some key athletes, though, and others will have to step up to keep the team on top. Some new faces and experience will help make up the difference.

The biggest loss for the Scappoose boys was speedster Adonis Siscoe. He won the 100- and 200-meter sprints at state, plus anchored the winning 4x100 relay team. Also gone is David Mayo, a four-time event winner at district. He won the shot put, discus, javelin and the 110 high hurdles.

'You can start with Zach Fry, Mason Foumal, Todd Graham, A.J. Fazio, Stephen Bowe and Jadyn Harris,' Scappoose coach David Harley said. 'They all have state meet experience and multiple years in the program.'

Fry was the district cross country champion last fall and last year placed in the 1,500 and 3,000 in the spring. He also ran on the second-at-district 4x400 relay. Todd Graham, a senior, was second in the 800 at district. Jadyn Harris, Stephen Bowe, A.J. Fazio and some others will try and fill in at the 100-400. Bowe and Fazio were 3-4 at district in the 400. Harris was third in the 300 hurdles with the top two in that race graduating.

In the jumps, Mason Foumal finished second last year as a junior, and could move up in the long jump as well. Mick Vanek, a junior, was fourth in the pole vault at district.

That leaves a few question marks for Harley, but he usually can fill in the gaps with new athletes.

'It's hard to say what we'll get with the freshmen, but there are some surprises in the sophomore and junior classes. We have some multi-sport athletes from football and baseball that are out. I think it's going to fill in some of our weak areas.'

Harley said that the league will probably see the closest team race that it has had in some time. Banks, the Indians' biggest adversary last year, lost most of their team from last season to graduation. Tillamook is having some numbers problems. That leaves Astoria, Seaside and Yamhill-Carlton to compete against the Tribe for the title.

'It should be interesting to see where it settles out,' Harley said.

Girls back strong

The Scappoose girls lost only sprinter and hurdler Ashley Amick. She took fourth in state in the 100 hurdles last year.

Heading the list of returnees is sophomore Charlie Davidson. She made quite a stir at state with her dazzling first-place finish in the 1,500. She got boxed in during the 800, but finished fourth. Davidson also did double duty last fall, playing soccer and running on the state championship cross country team. Tia Carnahan, a junior, is also back. The pair was 1-2 at district. Carnahan was fifth overall at state and Davidson 12th.

'Charlie wants to win both races (the 800 and 1,500 at state). That's her goal, she feels anything less would be selling you short. We're going to do a few things differently to move her on to the next levels. She's certainly one of the most talented runners in the state.'

Carnahan is also very talented. She finished fifth at state for the second year in a row. Harley feels she has regained her confidence and thinks the (long) distance races are more her style and preference.

'We have all kinds of flexibility there. We'll probably end up putting them in races at district where they can have the most success at state. We have to pinpoint where they can not only help the team, but also carry that into state the next week.

The other members of that distance team include Skylar Fuller, Anna Hernandez, Elise Harley, Sarah Carrier, and Kathryn Taylor.

'We'll be pretty strong in the distances. We've got some athletes like Skylar and Abby Kessi back. Abby didn't have the chance to compete at state,' Harley said.

'That distance crew is a great crew to start with. Abby in track would have finished right behind Charlie. Across the board we have just about everybody back with one or two district placers (top eight),' he noted.

He said they would have some work to do in the sprints, but that they were strong in just about every area.

'This is the deepest team we've had in a 2-3 years.'

That includes the field events, where they have some athletes that went to state in events.

Sarah Landtiser, a senior, was second in the shot put at district and went on to state. Another senior, Heather White, was third in the discus. Carly DiPietro, a sophomore, took second in the pole vault and triple jump to earn a trip to state. The Tribe will miss Jessica Kuhns who took third in the javelin, but moved out of the area.

The Tribe girls will need to fill some holes in the high jump and long jump, but they have returning athletes that should help.

Harley felt that Scappoose and Banks would 'clearly be the favorites' this season. He said Astoria should have a good year, and Yamhill-Carlton had a pretty good group of freshmen returning from last year.

Bob Anderson Relays cancelled

The Scappoose Indians were forced to cancel the Anderson Relays last Thursday due to wet weather.

Head track Coach David Harley said it was the first time he could remember cancelling a track meet.

'The javelin and discus areas were under water, and Seaside and Astoria were worried about travelling with rising water,' Harley said. 'I can remember cancelling a meet in Pendleton years ago because of snow and we delayed a meet one time due to lightening years ago when I was assisting Jim Vella.

It will give us a little extra time work with some of the new faces. It could be a good thing overall.'

The Scappoose teams will compete this Thursday at Cascade High School. They are then off until after spring break when they travel to Astoria, April 12.