By Jeremy McDonlad
STAYTON, Ore.– It was an unique ‘true’ first season for 2015 Regis-grad and Head Coach Erica Stuckart. Condensing what would be nearly a three-month season into half the time with the six-week season that she and her coaching staff were given with the Coronavirus Pandemic going on.
“They came ready to play this season. Last year a lot of them knew what it was like not to have a season and they knew what this year meant to them. It was to come out, have fun and balance having fun and working hard and keeping spirits high that provided us with a great season,” Stuckart said.
The Rams sent 11 girls to the 2A State Meet on May 22 and all of them contributed towards the State Title that they were being honored for on Wednesday evening at Regis High School.
There was a banner. Their trophy. Shirts were printed, each designed with the athlete’s last name on one of the sleeves. A complete team effort. From coaches to the athletes out competing had helped the Rams edge Faith Bible by 13 team points, 60-47.
The girls, one-by-one, got their All-State Honors. Fourth through eighth-place got State Honorable Mention. Third-place was third Team and so on up as the lone State Winner was Whitley Stapp in the High Jump, a jump of four-feet-11-inches.
“I think we all got along very well,” said Stapp of the team.
“Working together as a team. Even though we got separate events, just kind of working together and giving each other pointers on how to fix certain things,” adds Daisy Hernandez.
Hernandez was part of the 4×400 meter relay team and was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at the State Meet with the squad gathered around for a picture with their new State Banner on the track. Adding to their collection of State Championship banners from the past as they took a victory lap with it around the Regis High School track at the end of their recognition ceremony.
Stepp was fourth in the Long Jump, was part of the third-place 4×100 meter relay team, second in the Triple Jump. Sara Vetter (100-meter hurdles, Javelin, Pole Vault) and Julia McLoughlin (1,500 meter and 3,000-meter) as multi-event State placers. Lauren Crowell (100-meter hurdles). Hernandez (300-meter hurdles), Peyton Stuckart (Triple Jump) and the Regis 4×100 meter relay all placed in the Top 8 at State.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald