Lake Oswego boys track aiming for better things in 2018
The Lake Oswego boys track team is looking up this spring.
Looking to move up in the league standings, step up in competition and beat up some more of the Three Rivers League's boys teams.
"Our boys team will finish about middle of the pack, but we have many individuals that will do well," said Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney. "Right now, we have some athletes from other sports trickling onto the team."
This year's team will be led by junior Collin Bracken (he won the TRL long jump last year and later finished 14th at the Class 6A state meet; he'll also compete in the hurdles and short relay), senior Kameron Harvey in the triple jump and high jump, junior Chris Todd (he was fourth in the TRL triple jump last year and is working his way back from ACL surgery in the summer) in the discus, triple jump and short relay, senior Joe Lantow in the javelin and senior Alex Bassett in the 100 meters, intermediate hurdles, high jump and short relay.
Bracken "is one of the most determined athletes," Kinney said. "We can put him in any event on the track and he would score points. He has a shot to make it to state in all of his events."
Harvey, Kinney said, is "built for triple jump. With his length, he should finish in the top three at district and has a chance go to state in the triple jump this year," while Lantow "has gotten a lot stronger since last season. He has a chance to make it into state this year in the javelin."
Also back with state meet experience is sophomore Casey Filkins; along with Bracken, he was a member of the Lakers' 4 x 100 relay team that finished second at district and competed at state.
Around the rest of the lineup, the Lakers will look to: Todd (100, 200, 4 x 100, discus); junior Bryson Breeze (100, 200, 4 x 100, javelin); junior Jacob Peterson (800, 1,500, 4 x 400); junior Javas Wray (1,500); sophomore Sam Palmer (1,500, 3,000); sophomore Matthew Zimmerman (400, 800, 1,500, 3,000); Lantow (javelin); junior Eli Lewis (javelin); Harvey (long jump, high jump, triple jump); junior Fred Harding (long jump, high jump, triple jump); Bracken (110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, 4 x 100, long jump); Bassett (100, 4 x 100, intermediate hurdles, high jump); junior Peyton Allworth (pole vault, javelin); and freshman Harry Canfield (pole vault, high jump, javelin, high hurdles).
"If we want to be successful, we need some of those athletes who specialize in one sport to come out for track," Kinney said, adding that he expects Tigard and Newberg to battle for the 2018 boys TRL title.