The Emotional Relay

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Track is an emotional sport.  It’s where all the blood, sweat, tears you put in really does pay off.  Where the hard work and sacrifice when you punch in during practice pays off come payday on meet day. It was the District Meet Cascade’s Ashley Fraser’s freshman year in…

Living In The Moment

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Some call running their form of therapy.  Their form of meditation.  A moment of clarity washes over those people and it’s refreshing. For Cascade Sprinter Ashton Williams, it’s no different.  But when it comes to lining up for a 100-meter, 200-meter dash, that feeling amplifies. “Before the start of…

Saunders-Tyquiengco Signs With Lane

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It was weird to think about now as South Salem’s Justin Saunders-Tyquiengco has only had one year of competitive Cross Country under his belt.  But he made the most of it. Having trained with the Saxon squad before his Junior season, Sanders was part of the South Salem squad…

Reflecting Time As A Panther

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  I remember seeing River Thompson last year as a Senior with the Oregon School of the Deaf.  About my height, five-foot-sixish, maybe closer to five-foot-eight.  Red-dyed hair and glasses.  But damn that kid was physical. Going up against the Washington School of the Deaf in the rivalry game in…

The Two Amigos

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com GERVAIS, Ore.–  The friendship between Gervais’ Auggie Guido and Brian Limage is described as a brotherhood between the two Cougar Seniors. “He is my brother no matter what I got his back,” Guido said. “Auggie is like my brother. I’m older so my little brother,” joke Limage, who is two months…

Cascade’s Gates PR’s In Alabama

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– It’s been since August 27 since Cascade’s Emma Gates last competed in any kind of event.  Running or Jumping.  That was when she PR’d in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in Springfield in the All-Comers Meets. As for jumping, it’s been since her freshman year when she won the…

Hard-Working Henkel Signs With Idaho

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.— His finish of his 800-meter race as a sophomore had propel the young runner in West Salem’s Evan Henkel when he edged Gresham’s Joel Yasin for second-place in the 6A 800-meter run finals. Coming down to the last fifty-meters, he dug deep sitting in third-place, and went into over-drive. …

OSAA Pushes Back Start Of Sports To February

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com The OSAA met Monday morning to explore the options ahead for the upcoming athletic calendar. They voted to push the athletic calendar to February, a tough move Peter Weber said in the press release Monday afternoon. Cutting the season’s down to six-weeks apeice. Fall sports will start…

Proving Herself

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com ALBANY, Ore.–  In the crazy year that is, West Albany Senior Emily Stefan took whatever opportunity she could take to get back onto the track.  A full track season would have been great, but four meets were better than none for the Boise State-commit over this past Summer in Springfield at…

Making The Most Of The Time Given

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.— Friday was just another day in helping the Canyon for Regis’ Sara Vetter.  Working with a teacher from Santiam High School up in Mill City setting up backpacks full of essential materials for people on the mend from the recent Wildfires from September. The backpacks were just one of…

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…