Sheridan’s Huffman Signs With Bushnell For Track

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.—  Sheridan’s Taylor Huffman has made his decision on the eve of heading to college: Bushnell University. Over the past three years throwing the Spartan graduate had overcame the challenges of a new coach and ankle injuries to get to this point of signing to join the Beacons, remembering a…

Emptying The Tank

  By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald3@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—It was time to empty the tank, finish the Summer off right. For the last time, just the fourth-time this summer on Thursday evening, the Oregon Track Club held an All-Comers Meet.  With the uncertainty of tomorrow, it was all about today to leave it on the track just…

Jefferson’s Grantom Competes One More Time

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.–  It was Jefferson’s Hannah Grantom’s last meet of her prep career. The recent Lion-grad had just started to do the pole vault last year and since had seen a two-foot improvement from her seven-foot-four-inch PR as a Junior and had hit nine-feet-six-inches jumping when the Coronavirus closures hit as…

Competing In Springfield

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.—North Salem’s India Watson experiences with Cross Country and gymnastics had helped steer the Viking Junior into the sport of Pole Vaulting. One sport gave her discipline in Cross Country. Gymnastics gave her the motivation in trying new and exciting things like Pole Vaulting. “Cross Country has given me discipline…

Gates, Williams Compete At All-Comers Meet

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– Mask were required until they lined up at their blocks. After their race, they have to wait in lanes to get a disposable mask before leaving the track. They were split up in heats, no too different from their normal track meets. Lone difference is that they have a lane to…

The Mentalist

SALEM,Ore.– In sports, it could come down to the mental aspect of the game as much as the physical aspect of the sport that you are partaking in. Entering the Meet of Champions as an eighth-grader with Judson Middle School, Jordan Koskondy had strained her left quadricep entering the big meet that was to come….

Striving For The Record Books

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was a season of promise for North Salem Junior Austin Cates. Coming off of a promising summer in which he PR’d at the USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympics with Valley Track Club, a jump of 12-feet-3.25-inch jump to win the State Title and breaking in a new 13-foot…

Knocking Off The Cobwebs

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Cowbells rang across Bush Park Saturday afternoon.  Few in numbers yes, but you would think one of the Salem schools was using the park for a race. Christopher Walken once said on Saturday Night Live, ok demanded, more cowbell during a sketch on the show in 2000.  The idea…

Preparing For The Road Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Abi Swain wanted a challenge this past summer when she took on the challenge of the Steeplechase following the end of her Junior year. The Steeplechase is one of those athletic events in Track and Field that you don’t really see ran if at all in the State of…

Sheridan’s VanZant Commits To Spring Hill College

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SHERIDAN, Ore.–  Sheridan-grad Ronni VanZant felt like her College career was just taking off. Coming off of winning the 3A State Titles in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and Long Jump her Senior season with the Spartans, VanZant felt like she was coming into her own following High School. “Sheridan was…

Awaiting The Opportunity Ahead

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.— It was a weird situation when Silverton’s Riley Traeger was competing at the USATF National tournament last summer at Sacramento, California. Yes, following her second throw at the javelin she led in the event, but the Foxes Senior was frustrated entering her final throw at the competition during that…

Silverton’s McBride-Steiger Joins Linfield Track and Field

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SILVERTON, Ore.– As bittersweet as her this Spring was for Silverton’s Justice McBride-Steiger on the heels of winning State as a Junior, she wouldn’t forget what Head Coach Erik Cross and the Foxes Coaching Staff has taught her as she prepares for her next chapter of her running career at Linfield…