2018 Spring Sports Previews: Molalla track & field
Head coach: Sheron Farner
2017 season recap: Molalla had perhaps one of their best track and field seasons ever last year as they took home three state titles: Desirae DesRosiers in the 300 meter hurdles, Rachel Bring in the discus throw, and Mont Child in the shot put. Bring also took third in the shot put, DesRosiers took third in the long jump and the 100 meter hurdles, and Child took second in the discus throw. The boys' 4x100 meter relay team also earned a podium finish in third place, and three of the four return this season: Michael House, Treyton Bierly, and Tanner Nauta. Anna Farner also earned a podium finish as she took sixth in the 200 meter dash, setting a personal record at 26.53 seconds, and tied for ninth in the high jump. Matt Borowczak found a spot on the podium as he took eighth place in the 1,500 meter run, along with a tenth place finish in the 3,000 meter. The girls' 4x100 relay team also finish strong with a third place finish, and three of their runners return this season as well: Emma Andrews, Farner, and Hannah Henderson. Katie Sandberg took seventh in the shot put, and Berkely Olsen took seventh in the discus throw.
Key departures: Girls – Desirae DesRosiers (state champion), Rachel Bring (state champion); Boys – Mont Child (state champion), Matt Borowczak (state qualifier), Gavin Thrower (state qualifier)
Key returners: Boys – Treyton Bierly, Michael House, Tanner Nauta, Marcus Simpson; Girls – Anna Farner, Emma Andrews, Hannah Henderson, Katie Sandberg, Meghan McGrath
Season outlook: The Indians lost a lot of seniors last year that will be nearly irreplaceable, as three of them had multiple state titles to their name, and a majority of their state qualifiers were all seniors. But they do have a good amount of returning and up-and-coming talent, including freshman Kaityn Curry, who competed in the middle school state track meet last season in the hurdles, so she'll likely be looking to continue to develop those skills as she begins her high school career. Freshman Holly Rae also competed as a distance runner at last year's middle school state track meet, so she will likely be a weapon for the Indians this season on the distance side. The boys will look to Tanner Nauta, Michael House, and Treyton Bierly for their short-distance events, while Marcus Simpson will continue his success at the high jump. Anna Farner, despite a recent knee surgery, will likely see success again her senior season in the high jump and 200 meter dash, while fellow Country Christian teammates Meghan McGrath and Katie Sandberg will look to continue to work on their throwing and hopefully qualify for state.
First meet: Molalla opens the season at the Pleasant Hill Icebreaker on Wednesday, March 14