By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– It’s been a journey back to this point for Emily Scanlan.
At State last year, a accidental trip on the last hurdle pushed her to eighth-place in the State; mix in a recovering knee injury and we were back to District in 2017 for her sophomore season and a 100 meters of hurdles in front of her.
Scanlan came out of the blocks and slowly pulled away from the field in her 16.45 second win of the 100 meter Hurdle race.
It’s been a long time coming for Scanlan from last time she raced at State until now as she qualifies once more for the big times in Eugene at the end of next week.
“Well I’m really appreciative of my friends and family that have been really supportive for me because it’s been tough, not just physically but mentally battle,” describes Scanlan on the win. “I’m really happy that I was able to finish first in Districts with the main event that I love.
“I think it’s a really big blessing that I’m really thankful that I’m able to make it again, especially battling my knee injury, so I’m really thankful,” said Scanlan.
As she now prepares for the State race again as a sophomore one thing is for sure:
“Don’t fall on the last hurdle,” smiled and laugh Scanlan. “Run fast and give it your all.”
Scanlan too qualified for State for the High Jump with a leap of four-feet-eight-inches.
Also on the track side of things, Basketball and Track teammate Mar Verastegui worked all season long to get to this point of districts.
She battled and competed at the Meet of Champions, the Wilsonville Invitational, the Stayton Twilight to get to the point of qualifying for State with a 15-feet-nine-inches as the sophomore looks to use this opportunity to build for next year’s success.
“Obviously dreams come true,” said Verastegui. “I don’t know, I’m excited, more for next year to better myself to have a bigger chance at State. But I’m just excited just to go, I’m just going to go out there and see what happens.”
For much of the event however, Verastegui was in the lead with that 15-feet-nine-inch result, but there was a slight moment of frustration when Philomath’s Maggie Ross got that one inch to beat Verastegui for the District Title.
“It was just for a split second of, ‘ah man if I would’ve done something a little bit different to win it all’, but I was still in excitement and shock of going to State that it didn’t really matter,” Verastegui said on the issue.
Ulises Vargas qualified for State in the Long Jump (District Champion), Triple Jump (District Champion)
Photos By Jeremy McDonald