Hawks look to be ready to run this year
TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian High School track and field teams look to be set to battle the West Valley League's best going into the 2017 season.
"The Boys and girls hope to be in the mix of the top three at district," Horizon Christian coach Scott Olson said. "Taft, Amity and Westside Christian will all have strong teams, as usual."
The Horizon Christian boys look to be ready to roll after finishing in fifth place in the teams standings at last year's WVL district meet.
Among the top returnees for the Hawks is senior Alex Olson. Last year, Olson placed second in the 3,000-meter run, and third in the 1,500, at the district meet. He went on to run to fourth place in the 3,000 at the Class 3A state championships, with a time of 9 minutes, 18.58 seconds.
"He's one of the best in the state," Scott Olson said.
Senior Zack Stetzel also returns for Horizon in the distance events.
"He'll be one of the league's best in the 1,500 and 3,000," Scott Olson said.
Sophomore Tucker Olson will also be back.
"He's looking to improve on a great freshman year in the 800," Scott Olson said.
Horizon Christian will also have junior Noah Logan, sophomore Carter Barrett, junior Soren Lindseth, sophomore Hayden Wakefield and freshman Chris Lester in the distances.
In the sprints, the Hawks will be led by senior Micah Bos and junior Anthony Sprauer.
"They look like some of the league's best in the 400," Scott Olson said.
In the 100 and 200, Horizon will have junior Trent Johnson, sophomore Travis Schiele, sophomore Zach Schreiber, junior Kenny Avena and senior Patrick McMonagle. Also in the sprints, the Hawks will have freshman Seth Cain, freshman Luke Eyerly, sophomore Kodi Forrester, freshman Chris Lester, sophomore Dalen Hosley and sophomore Elliot Welborn. Wakefield will run the hurdles.
Sprauer will be leading the way for Horizon in the long jump and high jump. Tucker Olson also looks solid in the long jump. Senior Trent Baugus could be the team's top triple jumper. Junior Kodi Forrester and Avena will also compete in the jumps.
Junior Gerald Saina will likely lead the way in the shot put and discus. Senior Conlan Moe, sophomore Josh Thompson and junior Devin Wedin will also throw the shot put. Joining Saina in the discus will be Wedin, sophomore Sam Stetzel, sophomore Jamie Taylor, junior Scott Taylor and sophomore Will Shelby.
The Hawks' deep group of javelin throwers include sophomore C.J. Panaitescu, Sprauer, sophomore Dalen Hosley, Thompson, senior Trevor Larsen and Wedin.
The Horizon Christian girls could be at their best in the high jump, where the team returns two of the top three finishers from last year's district meet in sophomore Hailie Sprauer, who claimed the WVL title with a mark of 5 feet, 0 inches, and sophomore Jaycie Forrester, who was third at 4-10. Sprauer went on to take fifth at the Class 3A state meet, also at 5-0.
"She's also among the best in the state in the triple jump," Scott Olson said of Sprauer, who was fifth in the triple jump at last year's state meet at 32-8.5.
Horizon looks to have a strong group of sophomore sprinters in Forrester, Lauren Eyerly and Maddie Jones. The Hawks will also have junior Grace Cesario in the 200 and 400 and freshman Sydnie Johnson in the 100 and 200. Sprauer will lead the way in the 100 high hurdles.
In the distance events, the Hawks will have Cesario in the 800 and junior Megan Black in the 1,500.
In he javelin, junior Taylor Rothstein returns as one of the best in the state, after placing eighth at last year's Class 3A championships. Sprauer, sophomore Becca Classen, Black, senior Kiara Juarez-Becerra and sophomore Regan Karp will also be throwing the javelin
Senior Madisen Wakefield leads a strong group of throwers in the shot put and discus. Rothstein and Sprauer also look to be strong in the shot put. Seniors Katherin Wherity, Rachel Hess and Kyra Brazie will also compete in the throws.
The Horizon Christian teams were scheduled to open their season Wednesday with a meet at Valley Catholic. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.
The Hawks will be back in action next Thursday, when they compete at the West Valley League ice-breaker meet to be held at Amity High School. Field events start at 3:30 p.m., with running events beginning at 4 p.m.