By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Last year was quite successful for the McKay Track and Field team.
They qualified the 4×100 team of Zack Hammack, Avori Miranda, Damian Rios and Israel Garza for State as well as Garza competing individually in the 100 meter and 200 mete races in Eugene. And that was on the guys side.
On the girls side, 2016 graduate Andrea Finnemore finished fifth in the State of Oregon in the Long Jump event.
Setting a standard for a Scots Guys team that finished fifth in the Greater Valley Conference and a girls team that finished ninth to improve upon entering 2017 right?
“It set a great foundation for us,” said Head Coach Curt Everetts. “We have a huge big group of kids, we’re only just expand on those numbers from last year. We’ll like to double or triple the amount of kids that we sent to State last year.”
Amongst all the new faces in the mix like freshman Steffani Rodriguez; you have familiar faces like Avori Miranda, Garza, senior sprinter Cecilla Munoz, etc who are returning to help support and bring up the youngsters up to speed to build off from this foundation set from last season.
You saw this when senior thrower Leo Silva helping a teammate towards the end of the rainy Tuesday practice as their coach was busy helping other athletes around the shotput ring Tuesday afternoon.
“Our coach is busy so I have to take charge and go out there and some people are left out and I’m trying to help out the best that I can,” said Silva.
Silva, who admits he’s undersized as a thrower, hopes to lead by example for the younger guys as he finished sixth in the Javelin (151’11”) and 12th in the Discus (111’8) at the GVC District Meet at McMinnville High School last May as a junior and is expected to contribute again this year for the Scots in the Field events.
“Just put the pace of hard work and show them what it takes to get here, how to throw far,” said Silva on how he can show by example for the other throwers. “I’m kind of undersized so I got to push myself.”
With all this potential that they have with the new and returning members from last year’s squad, there’s confidence that this squad can surprise some people this upcoming season.
“Really exciting, I think we’re going to improve on both sides, the boys and the girls,” said Everetts. “We could easily be in the Top 3 for the boys side and we can compete for the middle of the league for the girls side which is a big improvement from last year.”
Their first meet of the 2017 campaign will be on March 15 with their Icebreaker event with the events starting at 3:45pm and the running events to start at 4pm at McKay High School.
Other notable events will be there two other home events on March 22 (versus McNary and Sprague) and April 26 (vs South Salem) with Districts (May 10, 12) at West Albany High School.
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