The Horizon teams look to battle for top spots in the WVL

TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian High School track and field teams are looking to have the right mix this year.

And the Hawks are hoping that mix will lead to success in the 2013 season.

“The girls team has a great combination of senior talent and freshman/sophomore potential,” Horizon Christian coach Scott Olson said.

The Horizon girls look to be especially strong on the track this DAN BROOD - RECORD SETTER -- Hannah Cesario has already set a new school record in the 1,500 meter run this season.

The team boasts a strong group of sprinters, including senior Sasha Iliyn, senior Mary Auxier and senior Kate Schifferdecker. Iliyn placed sixth in the 200-meter dash at last year’s West Valley League district meet and she was seventh in the 100.

In the distance events, Horizon Christian will have sophomore Hannah Cesario, who is the defending district champion in the 800, senior Keira Jones and sophomore Lael Bridge.

In the hurdles, the Hawks have senior Brenda Crawford and senior Alissa Adent. They both placed in the finals of the 100 high hurdles event at last year’s district meet.

Horizon’s jumping crew will be led by sophomore Grace Phillips, who will compete in all three jumping events. She earned a bid to the Class 3A state championships in the high jump last year.

Schifferdecker will also compete in the jumps.

Horizon looks to have plenty of depth in the throwing events with sophomore Lainey Houston (shot put, javelin), sophomore Sarah Loomis (javelin, discus), sophomore Anna Petrone (shot put, javelin), sophomore Haley Rott (discus), sophomore Heather Leitz, freshman Breanna Adent and freshman Sierra Walsh.

The Horizon Christian girls also look to be strong in both relay events.

As for the West Valley League this year, Olson sees the Westside Christian and Dayton teams as the possible favorites.

The Horizon Christian boys team also looks strong going into the season.

“They’re similar to the girls, only they’re solid in all four grades,” Olson said. “A great upper class will mentor a great group of young kids.”

Among the top competitors for the Hawks is senior Grant Phillips, who will lead the team’s group of throwers. Last year, Phillips placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the WVL district meet.

Senior returnee Dallas Davies also placed in both the shot put and discus at district last year. Other throwers include junior Brian Satterwhite (shot put, javelin), junior David Shelby (shot put, discus), sophomore Austin Forrester (javelin), sophomore Michael Weber (javelin), freshman Sean Satterwhite (javelin), freshman Jack Shelby (shot put, discus), freshman Josh Spear (shot put, discus) and freshman Christian Madrigal (javelin).

In the sprints, Horizon will be led by senior Tyler Forrester, who was fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 at district last year.

Other sprinters include senior Calvin Anderson (100), senior Michael Loomis (200, 400), junior Parker Belan (200, 400), junior Gabe Nielsen (100), junior Mitchell Iliyn (100, 200, 400), sophomore Ryan Hobbs and freshman Matthew Leong (100, 200).

In the distance events, the Hawks will have sophomore Sam Davies, who placed fifth in the 800 at district last year. He’ll also be running the 1,500 this season. Junior Ben McMonagle and Austin Forrester will also compete in the 800.

In the hurdles events, Horizon will have junior Blake Phillips, who was third in the 110 high hurdles at district a year ago. Nielsen also looks to be one of the top returning hurdlers in the league.

Anderson looks to be one of the top returning jumpers in the league. He’ll be competing in all three jumping events.

The Hawks will also have Blake Phillips, Gabe Nielsen, Leong, Austin Forrester, Weber and freshman Sandis Chhay competing in the jumps.

Olson expects the Horizon boys to battle with Westside Christian, Dayton and Amity for the top spot in the West Valley League this year.

The Horizon Christian teams were scheduled to compete in a West Valley League meet held Wednesday at Tigard High School. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.

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