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Ranger girls led by trio of sprinters; Senior Jake Berhman returns as boys top thrower from districts

PMG FILE PHOTO - Ranger sprinter Heather Shaver will help Estacada girls track and field seek a repeat as district champs. Estacada track and field is set for another season of competing for gold medals at both the district and state meets, including returning stars across a bevy of events.

The district-champion Rangers girls return a trio of blistering speedsters this season as they look to once again dominate the Tri-Valley Conference.

The three to keep an eye on during the 2022 season are senior Kaitlin Willis, junior Heather Shaver and junior Danica Beguelin. Together they placed highly at both districts and state last season, teaming up for impressive relay performances.

During the OSAA 4A State Track and Field Championships, Willis finished sixth in both the 100 (13.26) and 200 (26.99) at districts she placed first and second, respectively. Shaver took eighth in the state 400 (1:03.01), while in districts placing third in the 200 (27.55, PR) and winning the 400 (1:02.88). Beguelin took fourth in the 300 hurdles (53.27, PR) at districts.

All three should also reprise their roles on the Estacada 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which swept districts and had strong showings at state — fifth in the 4x100 (52.47) and 11th in the 4x400 (4:28.30).

Another to keep an eye on for Rangers track is youngster Alondra Sanchez. The Ranger sophomore finished sixth in the 800 (2:52.59) at districts.

In girls throws junior Abigail Reese and senior Alexis Guarnieri are the top returns after senior stars Mara Eakin and Brooklyn Bresko both graduated. At districts Reese placed sixth in both the shot put (25-04.00 feet) and discus (70-08, PR). Guarnieri finished seventh in the javelin (83-09, PR) at districts.

For the Rangers boys it is a trio of senior athletes who will lead the way.

Senior Jake Berhman enters the season as the presumptive conference favorite in both the shot put and discus after he finished runner-up in both events at districts behind outgoing senior teammate Isaiah Schaffer. Now Berhman looks to be the heir apparent for Estacada throws, set to try improving last year's placements at state — seventh in discus (120-11 feet, PR) and eighth in shot put (42-03.50).

Senior Angel Lopez is the reigning Tri-Valley boys high jump champ after winning the meet by clearing 5-09.00 feet, a personal record. In state last year he failed to clear the bar, so the springy jumper has a clear goal for the coming season.

And senior Mason Bouck will look to build upon his performances at districts last season. He finished 10th in the 1500 (5:17.27) and placed ninth in the 3000 (11:47.51, season record). Bouck also competes in the pole vault, finishing sixth (8-06.00 feet, PR) at districts.

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