By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Following their team third-place finish in the Oregon West Conference Track and Field Districts and fifth in the girls side in 2016, the Stayton Eagles hope for the similar if not better success on the guys side and a improvement on their girls side in 2017.
“On the boys side, I think we have a decent shot at that top…we were third last year, it’ll be nice to be in the Top 2,” starts Head Coach Erin Holm. “Girls, we’re just small. We got 16, 17 girls, I hope we can be in the Top 3 with them (this year).”
Small is the best way to describe the Eagles team in 2017, Holm has his kids doing three, sometimes four events to try to compile as many points as they can while competing in as many events as they can with the numbers that they have.
“They have no problem with more events,” said Holm. “They know that’s kind of expectation, they want to be in as many Varsity races as they can be in and they want to score as many points as a team as they can.
“There really supportive team-wise knowing that you don’t need as many bodies, you just need bodies.”
“We’re a really fast team this year and we have a couple of long distance that are really good. There tops in our league and maybe tops in the State,” said Levi Summers, who finished third in the High Jump (5’10) and third in the Long Jump (18’5). “Casey Pugh is really good, from Cross Country.”
Casey Pugh leads the guys side in distance, but in the Relay Meet they were hosting, Pugh was also throwing Javelin; finishing second behind Cascade’s Justin White with a throw of 130’0′.
On the relay side of things, the 4×100 teams of Jacobe Croff, Jarred Boedigheimer, Jacob Classen and Jerry Daniels along with the girls team of Beth Lucas, Olivia Casarez, Bridget Spencer and Noelia Sandoval took the top spots as Stayton took eight of the relay races Tuesday.
In the jumps, Stayton had three boys finish in the Top four in the High jump and held places two through six in the long jump in the meet. Jarred Boedigheimer took the High Jump (6’0) as Tre Swinger took the Triple Jump (39’6).
On the girls side, Halli Gissel took third in the Javelin (90’5).
Few Pictures From The Relays