By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.–With Districts just days away, the Stayton Eagles Track and Field team didn’t go far for their final tune-up before Districts.
Like, right next door close to Regis High School.
The Eagles 4×100 team started the day in the first heat that featured 3A powerhouse 4×100 teams in Scio and Salem Academy and 2A powerhouse in the Rams, even though Regis didn’t have their anchor-leg in the heat.
But with the Loggers, Crusaders and Rams finishing one-through-three respectively, Stayton was fourth with a run of 45.63 to finish up the ‘preseason’ of sorts with the Big Dance Friday at Cascade High School.
“We made some adjustments on the 4×1 team, we had a new guy come in today, just to see how it is, this is our last meet until Districts so might as well try out as many things as possible to see if we get any time down at all,” said Jacob Classen. “But it’s great competition at this meet and we’ll use that build momentum into next week.”
Bradyen Ballard stepped in for Jarred Boedigheimer in the second leg in the last minute to add a little spice to the fun at the 26-or so team meet Friday and contributed pretty well.
“Yeah he joined in, our regular second leg wasn’t here when we were warming up and he jumped in, he was the next man,” said Classen. “He did good, I can’t say he did better than Jared or not cause usually I don’t know, but he did good though. He did good filling in at the last minute.”
Racing alongside them at Regis, was Eagles Jacobe Croff’s Soccer teammate in Courage Minten. Minten, a Regis student, plays soccer at Stayton due to the Rams not having a guys soccer team while competing on the Track team at Regis.
Minten’s second leg helped the Rams take third in the 4×100 race that saw the Top 3 within 0.20 of another and competed at the 100 meter race.
“The 4×1, we did good, we had good handoffs and we need to be faster a little bit (more),” said Minten after his 100 meter race.
“I think I did great,” Minten continued about his 100 meter race. “I just had a little bad start and I think I did great.”
For the freshman going into the District Meet at Scio High School Thursday and Friday of this upcoming week, he’ll take a few things away from this meet to learn and work on moving forward.
“I think in the 100 I need to work a lot on my starts, work on my arms, because I have problem’s with my arms a little bit,” said Minten. “On the 4×1, work on more handoffs and I think we’ll do great at districts.”
As the meet continued, a lot of PR’s happened across the board, but nothing as sweet as the Eagles Sadie Mak’s 1500 PR that the senior been trying to work on since her freshman year.
Her previous PR was 5:59.16 during her first prep season at the three-team dual meet with Central and Philomath, but three years later, on her twilight of her prep career with Districts on the horizon, Mak worked some mak-sic (a play on words with magic), as the senior finished the 1,500 meter race with a 5:56.48.
“It feels good,” said Mak with a smile. “My freshman year I did a 5:59 and it took me four years to finally beat it so I’m really happy.”
Some notables from Stayton include Olivia Casarez finishing second in the 300 meter hurdles, Beth Lucas finished fourth in the 300 meter Hurdle race as well as the Lady Eagles 4×400 team too finished second at the Twilight.
Regis’ freshman Kylie Fisk finished seventh in the 100 meter, 200 meter and helped the Lady Ram 4×100 team finish sixth in the meet.
On the guys side, Stayton’s Ben Kirby finished third in the 3,000 meter run. Regis’ Brendan Woodcock finished third in the 200 meter dash while Ethan Lulay finished fourth in the 100 meter dash. Ryan Boyd finished third, PR-ing in the 110 meter dash in 16.50 and PR and took third in the 300 meter dash.
For full results visit: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288773#103
Photos By Jeremy McDonald