Rangers have four athletes competing at colleges this spring

It didn’t take long for Justin Rich to put himself on the map this track season. In fact, it took just one meet for him to show himself as a 4A contender.

The junior thrower won the discus (134-feet-6-inches) and came in second in the shot put at the eight-team Sherwood Relays two weeks ago. With the graduation of Gladstone’s Cameron Sommer, the Tri-Valley title in both events should be up for grabs this spring.

“Justin has the muscle. Now, he’s picking up all of the technicalities that are so important in the throws,” Estacada coach Jon Erickson said. “He has come out of the gate strong and is poised to have a successful season.”

Joining him as a district contender is sophomore Micah Jury, who qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles in his rookie year.

“It’s a big step to get down to state as a freshman,” Erickson said. “By the time you roll around to your junior and senior years, you become a veteran of the meet and know what everything feels like and how to handle those nerves.”

Estacada High has a handful of former athletes competing on college campuses this spring highlighted by high jumper Chancey Summer, who is the top high jumper at the University of Oregon.

Tyler Callahan is in his final season as a thrower at Mt. Hood Community College where he has put his name into the school record book. Jake Hyde is a jumper at Western Oregon and Chris MacMurray is a distance runner at Whitworth.

“It’s extremely satisfying to see these kids continue not just with school, but to have something extra to set goals in, too,” Erickson said. “It’s nice to know that a small school can produce athletes the same way as a bigger school.”

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