By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It was just a few short years ago when McNary’s Caitlyn Kiefiuk-Yates was one of the most dominate runners in the Salem-area when it came to Track and Field with All-City accolades as a seventh- and eighth-grader before coming into McNary High School last season as a freshman.
Even as a freshman, Kiefiuk-Yates showed flashes of what she was able to do in the 100 meter hurdles with three dual meet wins and a Top 5 finish at The Willamette Falls Invitational and a 22nd place finish at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays as she finished sixth in the Greater Valley Conference in the 100 meter hurdles last season.
“Last year was exciting to do that well and I hope to keep improving, get better,” said Kiefiuk-Yates as she wrapped a 14-feet-two-inch performance in the long jump at the Titan Track Classic and preparing for her hurdles race later on. “I like competing at hurdles at big meets because it pushes me to do better.”
In the 100 meter hurdles, Kiefiuk-Yates was frustrated about how she finished but knew that it was a good learning experience for her moving forward with the rest of the season in front of her.
“I think I hit a lot of hurdles in that one and so I definitely don’t want to do that. But I definitely need to focus on running in line and I was hitting the girl next to me a little bit and that distracted me,” said Kiefiuk-Yates after finishing ninth in the meet. “It definitely made me feel more motivated to go faster and try to reach them, catch them. It energizes you more because you don’t think about being tired and just thinking about just catching them.”
Other notables from Friday’s meet include Kailey Doutt finishing first in the 800 meter dash while sister Leah Doutt finished tenth in the 100 meter dash. Lucas Garvey was eighth in the 400 meter dash.
Tim Kiser was fourth in the discus with a toss of 130-feet-11-inches and Sabella Alfaro PR’d in the javelin in her second-place finish with a 110-foot-seven-inch toss. Paige Downer was fourth in the Pole Vault and Victor Zavalal PR’d in the javelin as well with a fifth-place toss of 157-feet-seven-inches.