The Eagles return many key athletes from last year

TIGARD — Westside Christian High School has established a strong tradition of success when it comes to its track and field program.

It sure looks like the Eagles have a solid chance to continue with that tradition this year.

The Westside Christian girls are on a three-year run as West Valley League champions.

“We look to be nearly as strong this year,” said Moreland Anderson, who coaches the Eagles along with Scott Ball. “Virtually all of our district champions from last year are coming back.”

The Westside boys also are on strong run of accomplishments, having won the WVL crown the past two years and four of the past six seasons.

“We'll be challenged this year,” Anderson said. “We'll try to be competitive.”

The Eagles girls returns a strong group of competitors from last year's squad that finished third in the team standings at the Class 3A state championships.

Among those returnees is senior Kayla Brase, who is the defending state champion in the triple jump.

Brase is already off to a flying start to her senior season, she she triumphed in the triple jump in the season-opening WVL icebreaker meet with a mark of 36 feet, 6.75 inches, which bettered her state title-winning mark from last year by more than two feet.

“She's always capable of popping a big one,” Anderson said.

Brase will also be competing in the 300 low hurdles and in the relays.

In the sprints, Westside Christian returns senior Ryan Conlin, who has won district titles in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes the past two years. She was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at state last year.

Senior Jessie Mathison returns in the 200 and 400.

“They give us a lot of experience in the sprints,” Anderson said.

In the distance events, Westside returns senior Sarah Curtis, who won district titles in the 800 and 3,000 last year. She'll likely be concentrating on the 800, 1,500 and the 4 x 400 relay this year. Curtis ran to third place in the 800 at last year's state championships.

The Eagle girls should also be strong in both relay events. They return all four runners — junior Micaiah Fischer, Brase, Mathison and Conlin — from last year's 4 x 100 relay team that finished second at the state meet as well as all four runners — junior Lisa Jauch, Brase, Curtis and Conlin — from last year's 4 x 400 relay team that was fourth at state.

The Westside Christian boys also have some strong returnees from last year's squad that also placed third in the team standings at the state meet.

Among those returnees is senior sprinter Jacob Sturtevant.

Sturtevant, who was a star football player at Westview in the fall, is the defending district champion in both the 200 and 400.

Junior Caleb Griffie, who won a district high jump title last year as a sophomore, also returns.

In the javelin, Westside returns junior Evan Harrison, who also won a district title last year.

In the middle distance events, the Eagles will have senior Ryan Krostag back in action. He was a district runner-up in the 800 last year.

Junior returnee Jeremy Howell will lead the Westside hurdles racers.

The Westside Christian teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they compete at a four-team West Valley League meet starting at 3:45 p.m. at Amity High School. On Wednesday, the Eagles will host a six team WVL meet starting at 3:45 p.m. at Tigard High School.

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