By Jeremy McDonald
MCMINNVILLE, Ore.– Day one was a toasty one for the teams in the Greater Valley Conference when they converged on the Track and Field at McMinnville High School Thursday afternoon and evening.
For the Olympians of Sprague, the excitement is there. To piece everything together and truly test their talents against everyone than individually during the Dual Meet Season.
“It’s really, really exciting,” said senior Andrew Weaver. “I saw all the heat schedules already, I know who’s in my heat, I’ve ran against all these guys from the past four years. I know how fast they are but I’m ready to go.
“We’ve been telling them the same thing we’ve been telling them,” said Olympian Head Coach Bremt Charles. “That Track is an unique sport, that the more you help yourself, the more you help the team. So we want them to come in relax and perform and do their best.
“Our goal is to send as many kids as we can to the State Meet, while also performing as well as we can team-wise. But it’s a product of the kids doing their best, and if they do all their best then the team points will take care of themselves.”
For Charles’ message of going hard and trying to PR and though sophomore Halle James didn’t move on past her heat in the 800 meters, James knew she was walking away happy with her third-place finish in the first heat of the 800 meter race.
“It was a fun race, it’s pretty fast speed,” said James. “But it’s fun. I felt like I really pushed myself as fast as I could go and that’s all I could ask for.”
Worried if he would make the final cut for finals after his rough first heat performance when he slipped off his blocks, Weaver breathed a sighed off leave heard his name called in the seventh-position for the finals in the 100 meter race Friday where he’ll race with teammate SJ Oum.
“It feels amazing because, I slipped out of my blocks and I thought, ‘There goes my chance at finals and there goes my chance at running at State’
“But then I heard SJ’s name, ‘SJ made it which means I made it’ so it felt really great. Then me and him met up and were like, ‘Yes we made it!’”
Weaver knows he won’t abuse this second chance of accomplishing his dream of going to State before graduating from Sprague High School
“First thing I’ll use a better block, I’ll be hungry for State so it’ll be a close one for tomorrow,” said the senior speedster.
Day two of the District Meet is slated for 4pm Friday at McMinnville High School. More results will be up on Athletic.net!
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