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…

Lewetag Preparing For Next Level

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  Hailey Lewetag’s dominant 800 meter State Title win as a Junior at North Salem was a picture perfect way to end her Junior Year with the Vikings. Coming into her Junior year, she knew she had the potential to be a college runner following her eighth-place finish as a…

Getting Better In Every Facet of The Game

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.—  They always say that pressure makes diamonds.  Iron sharpens Iron. For Brandon Reaves, being exposed to the competition of the National level was crazy for sure.  But it was definitely a good learning experience. “Nationals was like a wrench in my stomach the day that it came. I wasn’t…

VTC’s Virtual Run, Throw, Jump Competition

SALEM, Ore.–  The Valley Track Club has kicked off the first-annual Virtual Run, Throw, Jump competition, inviting all Middle School and High School athlete’s to sign up and join the competition for prizes. Open to all Middle School and High School athletes, the purpose behind it is to keep the Track and Field Community uplifted…

Perrydale’s Deters Signs With WOU For Track

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com PERRYDALE, Ore.– The greatness and career of one Amity Deters will continue once things get back to normal across the landscape. After a successful career in which the Perrydale athlete broke school records in the Triple, High and Long Jump, etched her name into the record books with the 4×100 meter…

Lyness’ Hard Work Leads To Western Oregon

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com MILLS CITY, Ore.–  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to get an opportunity to the collegiate level.  At any level.  Fromm Junior College to Four-Year Colleges. At a smaller school like, say 2A like Santiam, you’ll have to step up your game even more to get a chance….