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St. Helens track and field out to raise the bar

Camberg and Lions boys seek return trip to Class 5A state


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Lions sophomore Dakotah Camberg returns from 10th in the high jump at 5 feet, 10 inches at the 2015 OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.The St. Helens boys will try to build on last year’s success.

Returning sophomore Dakotah Camberg was 10th (5 feet, 10 inches) in the high jump and the Lions boys were 23rd at the OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Outbound senior M’Kenzie Brookes was ninth at state in the shot put, but the girls did not register a score.

Junior Josie Hanna will look to defend her Northwest Oregon Conference 800-meter run championship after injury kept her from the state meet.

The Lions have senior strength.

“Gabby Hora had a great offseason and is looking very strong in the hurdles,” St. Helens coach Cory Young said. “Bryce Bumgardner, looking very strong in practice after recovering from a football injury, needs to fill a void in the long jump and possibly the triple jump.”

The Lions open against Scappoose — whose boys were eighth at Class 4A state — and Cascade at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Scappoose High.

St. Helens looks to challenge the Hillsboro girls and the Wilsonville boys, back from respective second and third at Class 5A state, and the Milwaukie and La Salle Prep girls, both back from from respective eighth and ninth at state.

“The first two weeks is really just getting athletes set into the right events, getting a look at relay combinations and breaking off some of the rust in the throwing events,” Young said. “Those athletes that competed in a winter sport or worked after school already have a great conditioning base to build from.”

This year’s state championships are set for May 19-21 at Hayward Field.

The Lions boys won the Class 5A state championship in 2007 and were second to Junction City in Class 3A in 1993.

The boys have won 19 individual state championships, the latest of which was Ryan Bird in the 1,500-meter run in 2012.

The girls have won eight individual state championships, the latest of which was Katie Elliott in the 100-meter dash in 1999.

Schedule

March 17 vs. Scappoose, Cascade, at Scappoose High School, 3 p.m.

March 30 vs. Milwaukie, La Salle, 4 p.m., at Milwaukie High School

April 6 vs. Sandy, 4 p.m.

April 9 Lower Columbia Invitational, 12:30 p.m., in St. Helens

April 16 at Wilsonville Invitational, 10 a.m., Wilsonville High School

April 20 at Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.

April 22 at McMinnville Invitational, 4 p.m.

April 27 vs. Parkrose, Liberty, 4 p.m.

May 4 vs. Wilsonville, Putnam, 4 p.m., at Wilsonville High School

May 12 at Northwest Oregon Conference Championships

May 13 at Northwest Oregon Conference Championships

May 19 at OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships, Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene

May 20 at OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships, Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene

May 21 at OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships, Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene