By Jeremy McDonald
YAMHILL, Ore.– Kaelyn Worst has been on a whole new level this year on the field.
Javelin has been something that has been her thing as the Junior enters her third-year throwing 600-gram javelin pole as she gets ready for her throws at the Oregon West Meet at Yamhill-Carlton Tuesday in what has been one of the most perfect days of the season to compete.
“It was hard going from my freshman year because I started Javelin because I was hurt,” starts Worst. “Then I got better every, single meet so it was really exciting and then last year, I just started to plateau I guess.
“But then this year, I just started to get back to it, so I just think I need to get some more practice, every one has their bad days.”
Tuesday’s meet wasn’t her best showing in the tricky course at YC as she threw 106-feet-8-inches, good enough for second in the meet, after PR-ing the last two weeks that including a 122-foot-three-inch toss at the Canby Invitational.
That 122-foot throw was good enough for second in the meet as well in the Javelin as she finished ahead of kids from 6A’s Clackamas, Sprague, Grant and 5A’s Crescent Valley around her in the Javelin.
But hey, even the best can afford a bad day once in a great while, and Worst knows that the worst is behind her as she’ll use practice to improve upon her Javelin ability inlude to the big John Oliver Invitional in Wilsonville Friday
“Just knowing that everyone has their bad days and that you can always come back from that, sometimes you take two-steps back and not one-step forward but maybe three-, or four,” said Worst.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Faith Craig finish second in the race, but was dominate in the 300 meter hurdles with a 51.69 time as the junior tried to find her pace without teammate Nyah Collins taking part in the race due to rest for Friday.
But also too, this meet will help with Friday’s Invitional and for Districts and possibly State ahead.
“I usually keep pace with Nyah so it was a little bit different being by myself in that sense,” said Craig. “I had to keep going, coach was on the corner cheering me on so I thought, ‘Ok, I have to keep running’. Then at the end the crowd started cheering so that help motivate me as well.”
“The more hurdles I go over, the more I learn what I need to do differently or how I’m doing. (Just) more practice.”
Shane Schnepp, who competed all over the place Tuesday including helping the 4×100 meter team take first, adds that Friday’s meet adds a little more pressure on them to do well that’ll pay off come Districts.
“It should help us a lot,” said Schnepp. “Because going from all the tough competition from 5-, 6A, it’s more students, normally better team stuff. When you come down to the 4A stuff, we should be good because we’re used to competing against bigger schools.”
As the meet came to an end with the 4×400 relays, both won by Cascade, it was the boys who had Brandon Martin build a sizable lead that the Cougars never let-go of during the four-lap main event.
“I’m just glad that…we practice for this,” Martin said out of breath. “That’s what we practice to do, we practice to come out as hard as we can and against good competition. It’s always a fun time going up against good competition because we’re ready for it.”
And for Martin, Schnepp, Craig and Worst; the competition Friday will be indeed tough. Espically in the relays with the tough 4×100 and 4×400 team in Salem Academy headlining the relays and teams like Central, the Crusaders to name a few.
“This is definitely a good meet to kind of thing to start things up,” said Martin. “There’s going to be big things that are going to be happening this coming Friday at Central so I can’t wait.”
Field events start at 3:30 and track events at 4:15pm Friday afternoon at Central High School in Independence.
Martin would win the 100 meter dash (10.88), 200 meter dash (22.90), Schnepp won the Triple Jump (36’8″). Kanoff won the 100 meters (13.15) as the Girls dominated the points with 92 with Yamhill-Carlton second with 47.5 points.
For Full results visit: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=307443#201
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