Timberwolves ready to get going again
TUALATIN — Sure the Tualatin High School girls track and field team graduated some major contributors from a year ago.
But, with the talented, deep Timberwolves, that doesn't seem to matter.
They look ready to keep up the pace in the 2018 season.
"We graduated a lot of key members," Tualatin head coach Hashim Hall said. "But we're looking for the girls to step up."
The Tualatin girls also return some key competitors from last year's squad that finished in second place in the team standings at last year's Three Rivers League district championships.
Among the key returnees is senior Makenna Bailey, who should lead the way for the Wolves in the sprints this year. She could run anything from the 100 to the 400-meter dash, as well as the relays.
Last year, Bailey finished in third place in both the 200 and the 400 at the TRL district meet. She went on to place third in the 400 at the Class 6A state championships with a time of 57.55 seconds.
Leading the way in the hurdles events for the Tualatin girls will be senior Rachel Krill. Last year, Krill took fifth place in the 100 high hurdles, and seventh in the 300 low hurdles, at the district meet.
"She's steadily getting better," Hall said. "She's hoping for a good finish at district this year."
Pacing Tualatin in the distance running events will be sophomore Kaitlyn Gearin, who led the way for the Wolves during the cross country season this past fall.
"She's looking very promising," Hall said.
In the throws, Tualatin will be led by senior Alyssa Workman in the discus and shot put.
"She's one of the best," Hall said.
Last year, Workman took third place at district in the discus event and then moved to claim second place in the discus at the Class 6A state meet.
Senior Maija Girardi will likely lead the way for the Wolves in the javelin.
"She's steading improving," Hall said of Girardi, who was eighth in the javelin at district last year.
In the high jump, Tualatin returns sophomore Savannah Taft and junior Corona Parker, who placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in that event at district last year. Senior returnee Teagan James will compete in the long jump and triple jump.
"We've got a lot of new girls," Hall said. "But, we're going to try and repeat some of the efforts that we've had in the past."
The Tualatin boys return some key competitors from last year's squad that finished in third place in the team standings at the TRL district meet.
The Wolves look to be potentially very strong in the throwing events.
The team returns junior Nano Kis in the shot put and discus. Last year, Kis won a TRL district title in the discus with a throw of 143 feet, 4 inches. He went on to place sixth in the discus at the Class 6A state meet.
"We've got other shot putters who are showing promise," Hall said.
In the javelin, Tualatin returns junior Jalen Hale, who placed fourth at last year's district meet.
In the sprints, the Wolves will have juniors Jake Anderson, Kwabena Lynn and Dominque Loggins. Last year, Anderson placed fifth in the 100 at district.
Senior Adam Klein will lead the way in the district running events. He's the defending TRL champion in both the 1,500 and 3,000. He went to to take third place in the 3,000 at last year's Class 6A state meet.
Senior Ranger Valdes is back for Tualatin in the pole vault.
"We want our kids to improve," Hall said. "Our coaches are awesome and super motivated."
As for the Three Rivers League this season, Hall sees plenty of tough competition ahead for his Tualatin teams.
"For the girls, Sherwood's throwers are amazing. Lake Oswego is great in the sprints and jumps, and Tigard is always good," he said. "For the boys, Newberg is super-well coached and they have some talented returning athletes. Tigard also has some really good kids. Our boys are also pretty good."
The Tualatin teams will open their league schedule on April 4, when they face Canby and Tigard in a league double dual meet to be held at Tigard High School.