The Sherwood teams look to finish among league's best

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SPRINTER -- Senior Cristian Morris returns for the Bowmen this season. SHERWOOD — They have leadership.

They have proven talent. And they have depth and potential.

With all of that in mind, the Sherwood High School track and field teams are taking high hopes into the 2013 season.

The team leadership will be provided by20 returning seniors, and most of those seniors will serve as captains of various event groups.

One of those returning seniors is Cristian Morris, who will lead the Bowmen boys sprint crew.

Two years ago, as a sophomore, Morris won the Class 5A state championship in the 200-meter dash. As a junior, Morris, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during football season, came back strong to place second at the state meet in both the 100 and the 200.

Juniors Cole Nixon and Tyler Thayer should add to the strength of the Sherwood sprint group.

Sophomore Austin Tull could be the team’s top hurdler.

The Bowmen could also excel in the distance events.

“The distance team sports talented veterans and emerging young runners,” Sherwood coach Terrel Smith said.

Seniors Cody Thompson, coming off a standout cross country season in the fall, and Chris Roth should pace the Bowmen in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

In the throws, Sherwood has some key returnees in senior Jacob Brooks, who placed eighth in the javelin at last year’s Northwest Oregon Conference district meet, and in senior Logan Smith, who was second at district in the shot put last year.

Senior Zach Milligan returns in the high jump. He was second at district in that event last year. Junior Bailey States could be one of the league’s top triple jumpers.

“The boys program will compete in all events and see vast improvement in all the young athletes to go with the proven strength of athletes like Cristian Morris, Logan Smith and Zach Milligan,” Terrel Smith said.

The Sherwood girls also look to be strong in all areas.

In the distance events, the Lady Bowmen will have sophomores Maddi Budge and Emily Edmunds.

“These two have positioned themselves to qualify for state in the 3,000 and 800, respectively,” Smith said.

The Sherwood throwing team, led by senior captain Emily Hamilton, also looks strong. Hamilton ranks in the top three in the NWOC in the shot put, discus and javelin.

Joining Hamilton in the throws will be junior Elyse Cuthbertson, junior Charity Doyle and junior Tess Newberry.

“The throwing girls will be the strength of the girls team this year,” Smith said.

Senior Emily Sackinger is the top returning pole vaulter in the NWOC.

Senior Kianna McCurry-Earl and sophomore Rebekah Quaglio will anchor the hurdles group. Quaglio was fifth in the 100 high hurdles at district last year.

Corrie Greene-Lahart and Emily Johansen lead the sprinters. They both placed at the district meet last year. Juniors Kai Morgan and Emily Harris will battle in the 400.

“Overall, the girls team has balance with talented athletes in all events,” Smith said.

As for the NWOC this season, Smith sees both Sherwood squads placing in the top three.

Sherwood will open its league dual meet schedule Wednesday when it hosts Parkrose.

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