Horizon Christian track teams are ready to run
TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian High School track and field teams look to have plenty of depth, and plenty of talent, heading into the 2018 season.
On the girls side, the Hawks look to have the elements covered.
"We have a strong team, with a number of strong competitors," Horizon Christian coach Scott Olson said.
On the track, seniors Gracie Cesario and Megan Black will be leading the way in the middle distances. The sprint team will be led by junior Jaycie Forrester, freshman Alyssa Smith, junior Callie Nashif, junior Meredith Van Allen, junior Maddie Jones, sophomore Naomi Ford and sophomore Sydnie Johnson.
Senior Taylor Rothstein returns in the javelin. She was fifth in that event at last year's West Valley League district meet. Forrester and junior Alyssa Rose return in the high jump. Forrester was third in that event at last year's WVL meet. Nashif and Van Allen will compete in the triple jump.
Smith should make an impact in the long jump and hurdles.
"She is going to be a great one," Olson said. "She should be one of the top hurdlers in the league as a ninth-grader."
Other throwers for the Hawks include juniors Becca Classen, Megan Coday and Grace Burgess.
The Horizon Christian boys should feature a lot of depth on the track.
The sprint team for the Hawks should include junior Jack Maas, senior Kenny Avena, senior Trent Johnson, junior Travis Schiele and sophomore Seth Cain.
"That group will form a formidable 4 x 100 relay team as well," Olson said.
In the 400, junior Zach Schreiber will lead a strong group, which includes junior Elliot Welborn and sophomore Grayson Lagore. In the 800, junior Tucker Olson looks to be one of the best in the league, and has a strong group with him in Schreiber and senior Noah Logan.
In the distances, Horizon has Tucker Olson, sophomore Kenta Yoshii and freshman Micah Clements in the 1,500, and Yoshii, Clements, junior Carter Barrett and senior Soren Lindseth in the 3,000.
Maas and Tucker Olson could be among the league leaders in the long jump. Cain and freshman Justin Panaitescu will also compete there. Sophomore Ryo Arikawa and junior Elliot Adams will lead the way in the triple jump.
In the javelin, Horizon will have junior C.J. Panaitescu, who placed fifth at district last year, and fellow juniors Josh Thompson, Sam Stetzel and Will Shelby. In the shot put and discus, the Hawks have Thompson, Shelby, Stetzel and sophomore Jacob Robertson.
As for the West Valley League this year, Scott Olson sees the Taft boys and Amity girls as the team favorites.
"Both of our teams should be competitive in league," he said.