By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– There was something about Friday afternoon and night at Regis High School that got the ball rolling in the right direction with Districts on the horizon.
The Salem Academy Boys were on a absoulte mission, but that’s to be expected with big names like Morgan Strunk leading the way in the field and the ‘Headband’ relay teams on the track as the Crusaders tallied 95 team points, nearly a full 40 points ahead of second-place Stayton.
“It was super fun. The atmosphere at the twilight meet for the 4×4 is like none other and it was a ton of fun for all of the guys,” said the speedy Wilson McLean. “Taking first just made it that much better. It’s really nice to kinda cap off the season with a win and a confidence booster going into Districts.”
Speaking of the relays, both in which Salem Academy won, but it was the 4×100 team that made the Handband gang work as they beat second-place Scio and third-place Regis by just hundredths-of-a-second.
0.20 sepearted the Crusaders and the thrid-place Rams at races end.
“Well we got a little bit lucky because Regis didn’t have their fastest team, but they still come to compete everyday no matter what so that’s just good compeiting against them and that feeling of, ‘these guys are going to come and make sure we’re not going to get anything easy’,” said the 4×100 meter anchor leg Sam Kenyon.
“But, you got (Scio’s) Trey Reed, he’s insane, he’s an animal. So, nothing’s easy at this point and nothing’s going to be easy for the rest of this year. But yeah it felt pretty good.”
On the girls side, they’ve embraced this idea of being the ‘Underdog’ all year with names like Hallie Baker, Krista Mulkey and Lauren Kendall to name a few leading the way for the Lady Crusaders.
“We’re definitely the underdogs, especially our girls side of the track team,” said Baker. “So I think if we can get some strong performances from Stacia (Panther), Krista, Lauren, me and a couple of other girls,” said Baker. “I’m really excited , it’s crazy that Track is winding down, but I’m really excited.
Speaking of Kendall as the sophomore PR’d in the 1,500 meter race and finished tied for 12th with teammated Sarah Kenyon, will look to carry the momentum into Districts at Scio next week herself; but is excited to see what their 4×400 team can do following their fifth-place finish at the Meet of Champions at Willamette University last weekend.
“I’m really excited, especially our 4×400 team, we’re doing very well this year, it’ll be really exciting to see what we do,” said Kendall.
Though the Girls team didn’t compete at Regis as the Boys 4×400 team did what they do best with their handbands, they know they’re ready to roll.
“We’ve been stunning the league I guess you can say, since Day one,” said McLean. “Our 4×4 is on track right now, feel better than ever. 4×1, on track as well too, which is good. We’re placing up for Districts right now and it’s looking real nice.
“I’m really excited to get to next Thursday and Friday because I think we’re all going to have a really big meet.”
Kendall kept it simple in her response on how they can stun the league next week.
“Do what we do, we’re just going to all the Glory to God and go as hard as we can,” she said.
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Photos By Jeremy McDonald