Eighth graders Kaityn Curry and Holly Rae represent MRMS at middle school state track & field meet May 25

Two student athletes from Molalla River Middle School placed top 30 in the state in their respective events at the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions last month.

Eighth graders Kaityn Curry and Holly Rae represented MRMS at the state track meet May 25 to finish out their middle school athletic careers as they prepare to make the jump to high school.

Curry qualified in the 100 meter hurdles and ended up taking 21st place with a time of 17.36 seconds; that seemed to be the magic number for her since she ran the same time in the preliminary round as well. Curry's personal record in the event is 17.08 seconds.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: LISA CORBETT - Molalla River Middle School eighth grader Kaityn Curry leaps over a hurdle during this year's Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions state meet last month.

Rae qualified for the meet in the 1,500 meter run and ended up taking 29th place in the state with a time of five minutes, 22.75 seconds. She beat her old personal record by two seconds.

"They both got more experience in higher caliber races, experienced real competition and were pushed to their athletic limits," head coach Lisa Corbett said.

"Both girls understood that they would be competing with the best in the state," she said. "They knew it would be hard and their primary goal was to PR in their events."

Corbett said Curry has ambitious goals for her high school track career, including to "make varsity as a freshman and to become the state champion in one of the hurdling events" during her high school career. She wants to "jump farther, run faster, and jump higher."

Curry also plays soccer and basketball, and has been chosen to be a part of the leadership program at Molalla High School.

"She works hard to be a positive influence on her peers and teammates," Corbett said.

Rae is primarily a long distance runner and is looking forward to joining the cross country and soccer teams at MHS.

PHOTO BY RHONDA RAE - Molalla River Middle School eighth grader Holly Rae (right) runs in last year's Freedom 5k during the annual Independence Day celebrations in

She plays club soccer for Global Premier Soccer and was chosen to be a member of the Beta Club at MRMS.

"[She is] definitely a leader here at school," Corbett said. "She is incredibly kind to her peers."

Rae was coached by assistant coach Heidi Hillhouse, whom Corbett had high praise for.

"[Heidi is] and excellent distance coach and really did a wonderful job with Holly," Corbett said. "She really goes above and beyond for her distance kids."

Corbett said the thing that sets Rae and Curry apart other than their natural abilities is their work ethic.

"Moving forward, they both want to keep improving," she said. "The thing that often sets them apart is not only their obvious athletic ability, but their work ethic and drive to be the best they can be. They are both strategic about achieving their goals and selfless in working towards them."

Conner Williams
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