No one else is even close to the Tribe

It was quite a treat to watch the Scappoose High boys’ track team dominate the Cowapa League District meet on Thursday and Friday last week.

Scappoose just overwhelmed the competition. They won seven of the 17 events, five of the nine runnings events, and had seven second places. They qualified 13 individuals for state in 10 events. They won both relays, plus were 1-2 in the 100, 300 hurdles, and the SELF-PORTRAIT - Sports Editor John Brewington

The relay teams had fast enough times to qualify for the fast heats at state. Scappoose is the defending 4x400 4A state champs, and their 4x100 would have placed higher last year if they hadn’t DQ’d with a lane violation.

Some of the kids on last year’s relays are back—Justice Oman in both, and Jadyn Harris and Michael Hortert in the 4x400. Harris, the long hurdles champ, is in the 4x100 this season, and senior Paul Revis, 100 and long jump champ, plus freshman Jarrett White, the 200 champ, and Oman ran well at district.

In the 4x400, Oman held off a hard charge by Tillamook’s Markus Pullen on the anchor leg. Pullen had edged Oman by a slim one-hundredth of a second in the 400. Not this time. Nick Rust, Hortert, and Revis ran the other legs. They set their best time just a couple of weeks ago, and were close to that on the slow Seaside track. Revis just turned out for track this year after playing baseball for his previous three high school years.

It was Revis, Oman, and Braden Clark going 1-2-3 in the long jump. Oman gave up his long jump spot to Clark, a freshman. Revis had the second-best jump in the state this season, but he hasn’t been all that close since early season.

Coach David Harley said everything at district pretty much went the way they charted it, but there is always a surprise or two.

He thinks Scappoose can score 30-40 plus points at state this season. It’s not impossible for them to win it this year, but other teams also have some strong individuals that will score a lot of team points. He rightfully points out that with the depth Scappoose has, they could go head-to-head with any other team in the state in any classification and win.

The Tribe girls didn’t quite have the meet the boys had, but they will score some points at state. Most of them will come from Charlie Davidson. She was second in the 1,500 last season after winning it her freshman year. She finished third in the 800 last season. She handily won both those events at district. The 4x400 relay team also qualified with a second place. Davidson anchored the team with Haley Wight, Abby Kessi, and Eleanor Jones making up the rest of the team. Carly DiPietro qualified with a second in the pole vault, and slipped into a triple jump berth when the leader withdrew for other events.

St. Helens didn’t have a spectacular showing at the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet, but had some kids qualify with good showings. Thomas Hughes and Kendrick Alvarez went 1-2 in the high hurdles and then reversed that for the 300 intermediate hurdles. Nate Reed won the discus with a career-best throw, and had another career best to take second in the javelin.

Only two St. Helens girls are headed to state. Kylie Reinholdt won the long jump and had a close second in the triple jump. She almost made the high jump too, but cleared the bar only on her last attempt. Three other girls cleared that height, but none the next height and Reinholdt lost out having more jumps. Patience Marshall also makes the trip with a second-place showing in the 800.

All in all it was a good weekend for all the track teams. While not everyone is going to state, or placed high, there were a number of personal bests.

The state meet starts this Friday and continues through Saturday for the 4A and 5A teams. The weather is supposed to clear. I think it’s going to be a fun meet to watch.

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