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Check out our spring sports preview of the Colton High School track & field team

PIONEER FILE PHOTO  - Colton senior Evan Rasor bursts out of his starting block during the 400 meter dash finals of the 2017 state championship meet at the University of Oregon last season. Rasor took two silvers and one bronze at state last year. Head coach: Teresa Adams

2017 season recap: Colton posted a solid season last year, qualifying two athletes for the state meet at the University of Oregon, where they won four medals. Evan Rasor took two silvers and one bronze at the state meet, setting personal records in all three events. Rachel McCoy also qualified for state in both hurdling events, taking fourth place in the 300 meter hurdles.

Key departures: Rachel McCoy (2017 Class 3A fourth place in the 300 meter hurdles)

Key returners: Evan Rasor (2017 Class 3A second place in the 100 meter dash, second place in the 400 meter dash, and third place in the 200 meter dash); Wyatt Earls, Javontae MaesPIONEER FILE PHOTO  - Colton sophomore Wyatt Earls flies through the air during the long jump at the Vikings' home track meet last season.

Season outlook: Evan Rasor is the man to beat in the 3A field this year as he dominated his events all season and took three podium finishes at the state meet, setting new personal records in all three of his events. Rasor will be most poised to win the 400 meter dash, an event he especially excels at. He will no doubt be earning his fourth trip to the state meet this May, and we can expect him to take the top of the podium in at least one event. Wyatt Earls will be a weapon for the Vikings as well in the 100 meter dash and the long jump, along with Javontae Maes. They boys will likely be looking to form a strong set of relay teams, and the top prospects for doing so include Rasor, Earls, Maes, and senior Kris Bjorn. Junior Sidney Poet had a solid season last year in her throwing events, particularly the javelin, and sophomore Mya Fulmer will look to add to success seen last year as a freshman in the high jump.

First meet: Colton opens the season at Molalla on Thursday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.

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