By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– The last time Sheridan didn’t send an athlete to the State Track Meet was 2004, but Caden VanScoyk made sure that their streak continues as the Junior qualified for the Big Dance in the 400-meter and 200-meter races this upcoming Saturday.
“It feels great. It feels like leadership, like later on people can look up to. It’s awesome going to state, it’s like a wonderful feeling and I can’t believe it,” smiled VanScoyk.
VanScoyk felt great in his heat of the 200-meter dash at Regis High School Saturday, finishing second to Delphian’s Anthony Popa who won the District Title in 23.25 seconds to his Sheridan counterparts’ 24.94.
“Just going out there competing, all-in-all it felt great,” VanScoyk said of the 200.
VanScoyk and teammate Jesse Wolfenbarger PR’d in the 400-meter race that went Salem Academy-Sheridan one-through-four. VanScoyk with a second-place time of 56.84 and Wolfenbarger in fourth at 57.60 in a fast field that had seven runners finish under a minute.
In the Long Jump, all roads led through competing with powerhouse Jefferson. Yes Caesar Sepulveda had graduated back in 2019, but Leon Romo took his spot as a top jumper in the District. And despite having to bow-out of the competition due to injury, Romo did have a jump of 20-feet-8-inches to win the event with Warren Wheeler (18-feet-10-inches) and VanScoyk (18-feet-9-inches) going two-three.
Stepping up their game as both PR’d to match their Lion counterpart as VanScoyk is hoping for an At-Large bid in the event.
“He’s an excellent jumper,” VanScoyk said of Romo. “And you see that and it makes you want to push yourself ten times harder to do (better). He’s a heck of an athlete and it sucks he got hurt though.
Technique will be crucial for VanScoyk in the Long Jump moving forward. But at least he’ll have another week to work on his craft.
Wolfenbarger was fourth in the 100-meter, helped the 4×400 relay team to a third-place finish in Districts and was part of the 4×100 meter relay team that finished fifth.
On the girls side, Junior Haylee Johnson placed eighth in the High Jump with a four-foot PR jump. Freshman Zoe Kennedy was ninth in the 400-meter race (1:20.50 PR), 12th in the Long Jump (11-feet-10.5-inch PR), 13th in the 200-meter dash and 17th in the 100-meter dash.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald