By Jeremy McDonald
MT. ANGEL, Ore.– The strong tradition of Blanchet Catholic Girls Track and Field continued it’s reign on the Conference once more Friday to close out the 2018 PacWest Conference Track and Field Meet.
With District Titles from Emily Collier (800 meter, 1500 meter races) Trinity Phipps (100 meter and 300 meter hurdles, Long Jump), Kalea Salang (Shot Put, Discus ) along with three, four individual winners to go with the two relay teams, the Lady Cavaliers posted a team score of 212 bring home some more hardware.
“It’s pretty cool, we’ve always had a strong team,” starts Salang, who PR’d in the Discus with a 123-feet-four-inch throw. “I don’t know how many years in a row it is, I think one of my teammates or ninth year-in-a-row of getting a league title but it’s like Blanchet tradition, I mean we don’t even have a track. We have a 80-meter short track and two throwing pits, so it’s pretty cool that we’re putting in the work and it pays off.”
Salang, who won Female Field Athlete of The Year for the Blanchet squad, said winning the honor was something special.
“It’s pretty awesome, I wasn’t not expecting that at all,” said Salang. “I think my sister (Leilani) won this last year and it’s pretty cool that I’m following her footsteps and also creating my own path. Making a name for myself too, but it’s pretty cool. I feel pretty honored to get this because there’s a lot of great athletes in our league for sure.”
On the guys side, Zachary Gwyn (400 meter), Andrew Hill (800 meter) finished third in their respective races as Gwyn qualified for State in the 300 meter hurdles with his second place finish Friday. Bredan Tobias too qualifed for State with a second-place finish in the Discus with a PR of 124-feet-9.5-inch throw. Thomas Smith was second in the Pole Vault as Smith too qualifies for State.