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The Tigard girls also hope to soar in the 2013 track and field season

by: DAN BROOD - BACK AND RUNNING STRONG -- Tigard High School senior Cameron Bremner (right), shown here at last year's Class 6A state track championships, should be a key sprinter for the Tigers this season. TIGARD — The Tigard High School boys track and field team seems to have a lot going for it.

The Tigers look to be talented, deep, motivated and confident.

“Our boys team is a very talented group,” first-year Tigard head coach Shane Kessler said. “We are strong, deep and cover a lot of events well. Our goal is to win the league title and put ourselves in a position to win the state title.”

The Tigard boys boast a deep group of sprinters, led by senior Cameron Bremner.

Last year, Bremner placed second in both the 100 and 200-meter dash at the Pacific Conference district meet. He went on to place seventh in the 100 at the Class 6A state meet.

Other sprinters for the Tigers include seniors Kaz Greene, Zach Floyd, juniors Manu Rasmussen, Darren Rodrigues, Jett Even, Elijah Greenwalt-Simon, A.J. Hotchkins and sophomores Devin Distant and Tyler Powers.

Those sprinters could play a big part in Tigard’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams.

“Those are not defined yet, but we will have two state contending teams,” Kessler said.

In the distance events, the Tigard boys will have juniors Martin Ramos III, Devin Roche, Nathanael Ditton and William Whitehead and sophomores Zachary Sims and John Caufield. Roche was fourth in the 1,500 at the district meet last year.

Tigard’s hurdlers include junior Michael Roberts, Floyd and junior Cameron Yarnell.

In the throwing events, Tigard will have senior Blake Chamberlain, junior Brandon Walker, Yarnell, sophomore Everett Dalton, freshman Conner Crist and junior Ian Schacter. Yarnell was third in the javelin event at last year’s district meet.

The Tigers’ jumping crew includes Greenwalt-Simon, Floyd, Rodrigues, Dalton, senior Brandon Teed and senior Logan Charboneau.

In the pole vault, Tigard will have senior Xiao Liang, junior Daniel Williams and freshman Mathew Glancy.

“A lot of these kids have been a part of our Tigard Youth Track program for years,” Kessler said. “Many are also two and three-sport athletes that are used to competing at the highest level and performing when it counts. Our expectations are set very high in practice and in competition. Our kids are responding with energy and excitement that makes it fun to be a part of. What an amazing group it is to work with.”

Kessler sees Tualatin and McMinnville as possibly the teams the Tigers will have to battle for the top spots in the league.

Kessler also sees good things for the Tigard girls going into the season.

“We’ve got a revived outlook,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good kids to work with, and some newcomers that are special.”

While the newcomers are special, Tigard also has some talented, proven returnees, including junior Lindsey Rosette, who should be a key factor in the hurdles and sprints.

Last year, as a sophomore, Rosette placed second in the 100 high hurdles and third in the 300 low hurdles at the Pacific Conference district meet. She went on to take fourth place in the high hurdles at the Class 6A state meet.

Also in the hurdles for Tigard will be sophomore Brianna Stoppa and sophomore Liz Prouty. Stoppa was third in the 100 high hurdles at district last year. Freshman Abigail Lewis will also compete in the hurdles, as well as run in the 800.

The Tigers have another top returnee in junior Megan Franz. Last year, Franz won a district title in the 1,500.

“She’s looking like she’s in midseason form already,” Kessler said.

In the sprints, Tigard has sophomore returnee Sela Brazier, who also will be competing in the jumps.

“She’s more powerful,” Kessler said.

Other returnees in the sprints include sophomore Gabryel Galvez, senior Jennifer Jacko, junior Kelly Fox and sophomore Alisha Stone. Among the newcomers to the sprint group are freshmen Natalie Bryant, freshman Ellie Freeman, freshman Taylor Bryant and junior Lexi Carter. Carter, a standout basketball player at Tigard, it turning out for track and field for the first time.

Joining Franz in the distance races will be senior Katie Harbolt, sophomore Elizabeth Dean, sophomore Hannaly Duff-McGaughey and junior Erin Graham.

In the throws, Tigard returns senior Justyce Luna, who had a mark of 110 feet, 11 inches in the Tigers’ opening meet of the season.

Senior newcomer Megan Risinger will compete in the shot put and discus.

In the javelin, Tigard will have junior Michelle Simmons, senior Cassidy Freeman and freshman Morgan Chamberlain. Freshman Elise Conroy will also compete in the throws as well as high jump.

Freshman Rachel Josephson will also compete in the high jump, as well as in the sprints.

“I think we can surprise some people,” Kessler said. “We’re really excited about it.”

Tigard will open its league schedule Wednesday when it travels to Glencoe. Field events start at 4 p.m. and the running events will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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