Scappoose track honors its seniors - and the immediate future
Scappoose honored its seniors at Wednesday's home meet with Astoria and Cascade.
The Indians also honored the need to pace themselves for the big meets that are about to climax the high school track and field season.
Various varsity standouts got some rest on Wednesday, as Scappoose coaches looked ahead to Friday's Wally Ciochetti Invitational in Cottage Grove and even more to the May 10-11 Cowapa League district meet and the May 18-19 Class 4A championships at Hayward Field.
Indians coach David Harley said he likes going to the Ciochetti meet because a lot of 4A teams will be there, from Southern Oregon and elsewhere. "We go to see what the other teams look like. Most of the teams entered we haven't competed against yet this season," he said.
Wednesday's three-way meet was partly about saluting 19 Scappoose seniors, all featured in a ceremony in the infield.
From the boys team: Trey Bispham, Brennan Cox, Will Harley, Brezeddric Jamerson, Teavin Jeannis, Jimmy Jones, John Kavulich, Nate Maller, Josiah Oliver, Caleb Peckover.
From the girls team: Alyssa Baird, Alyssa Bakkensen, Grace Comer, Mackenzie Ela, Krystal Esterly, Georgia Jory, Linnaea Kavulich, Kaylee Wegner and Alyson Worthington.
"You remember when those kids were freshmen," Coach Harley said, "and you can't believe it's been four years."
Some of the Indians took advantage of the sunny, warm conditions to register highlight performances.
Perhaps the biggest news came in the girls discus. Ela improved her personal best by 22 feet with a throw of 117 feet, 8 1/2 inches on her final attempt.
She's been working on her spin, and it all came together with an effort that just stayed legal.
"I thought it was going out of bounds (to the right), but it curved at the last minute and landed about a foot inbounds," she said.
As good as that throw was, "I felt there was more, that it could have been farther," she said.
Ela finished second in the discus, but she won the shot put with a Wednesday best of 37-3 1/2.
Discus is a newer event for Ela, who owns the school shot put record of 38-10 1/2. She also runs the 100 hurdles and does the triple jump. "I'm hoping to make it to state in the shot and throw over 100 feet again in the discus," she said.
Sophomore Emma Jones swept both hurdles races on Wednesday — the Indians' only other firsts in the girls meet.
Astoria's girls finished with 262 points to 174 for Cascade and 173 for Scappoose.
The Scappoose boys won their meet with 246 points, edging Astoria (237), with Cascade at 96.
Nate Maller won both the triple jump (41-05 3/4, less than three inches off his lifetime best) and the javelin (179-6, a PR by 2 1/2 feet).
"It was nice to finally have some good weather to throw in," he said. "The coaches have been telling me to keep my speed (in his javelin approach). I'd hit that mark (179-6) in practice, but it was nice to do it in a meet.
"The goal all along has been to get to 180, and I'm hoping to go 185 or 190 at state," said Maller, who plans to throw next season at the University of Idaho. "But all in all, it was a pretty good day."
Other Scappoose boys winners on Wednesday: sophomore Henry Goldammer (PR 24.22 in the 200), soph Josh Lull in the 400, John Kavulich in the 800, Oliver in the 3,000, sophomore Brisyn Maller in the 110 hurdles, Cox in the 300 hurdles, and both relays. Kavulich's anchor help the Indians cap the meet with the 4x400 victory on a day when younger Indians shared the spotlight with the seniors.
"Our sophomore class has been strong across the board in sports," said Lull, adding, "I love the people (in track). It's a sport where you get close as a team and with your teammates."
Scappoose girls distance star Linnaea Kavulich moved down to the 400 and finished third with a PR (1:02.28).
"The 400 is not really my race. It's fun, though," she said.
On Friday, she plans to run an 800 and the 4x400 relay.
But for her, especially, now that it's May "it's all about state."
Getting to the state meet in Eugene also was on the mind of boys sprinter Tevin Jeannis as he finished his day with a win in the 100 in 11.42. He has set PRs this season of 11.24 and 22.89 in the 200, both first in the Cowapa.
Still, "it's been kind of a disappointing season," he said. "I've been going through hip flexor injuries. I'm trying to recover and do some mobility and physical therapy. It's feeling better. Just been trying to work the hops and glutes.
"I'm trying to go to state and get on the podium."