Vikings struggle at SD2 district meet
It was a tough district meet for the Colton track and field teams. After making the trip to Mt. Angel to compete against other Special District 2 (SD2) teams at Kennedy High School on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, there were few marks that brought Colton athletes close to the state meet.
The athlete that came the closest to reaching the 2A state championship was sophomore Destinee Burley. The school record holder in the discus event very nearly qualified in that event, taking third place in the event with a throw of 93'6". That throw was a personal best, and reestablished the Colton record, but was one foot and three inches shy of heading to Western Oregon University. Burley also came up short in the shot put as well, taking fifth place with a throw of 28'6".
"Some of (the athletes) exceeded what I did expect," Colton track coach Teresa Adams said. "Destinee, today in the shot put, took fifth and then Ruby (Becker) in the hurdles took fourth. It was very close, and she'll be on the podium."
The other athlete that came close to the state meet was senior thrower Jaeden Bramblett. With a throw of 110'4", Bramblett took fourth place in the discus.
While there weren't any other Colton athletes in striking distance of state qualification, the team still continued to show improvement even this late in the season. Freshman Zane Dinnell recorded a 2:23.13 in the 800 meters to take 10th place, a personal best by .82 seconds.
In the javelin freshman Sam Shumate and junior Peter Woodward both set personal records with throws of 83'11" and 81'11", respectively.
For the girls' team, freshman Kiersten Frye continued the trend of young athletes continuously improving. Frye ran the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.31 seconds, a personal best. Frye also ran the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.50 seconds, and was a part of the 4x100-meter relay team of Rowyn Lawrynuik, Burley, and sophomore Ruby Becker.
With the track season finished for Colton, Adams has her coaching sights set on the group of freshman that were a bulk of the Vikings competitive crew. Adams wants to build them into a competitive squad for next year.
"We've got a good athletic group of freshman," Adams said. "You know, we're helping them through the events that they're in, and every single one of them has potential. That's wonderful. We're trying to get Ruby a little bit faster over her hurdles, and that will be a positive thing for us. She's one of them, Kiersten of course with her hurdles too. But that freshman group is one we're really going to have to keep."
Full Colton results from the district meet are below:
100 Meters (Prelims)
20. Peter Woodward – 14.81
NT. Sasha Zhang – NT
10. Zane Dinnell – 2:23.13 (PR)
SCR. Caleb Behrens – SCR
20. Sasha Zhang – 26'10"
21. Sam Shumate – 24'9.5"
4. Jaeden Bramblett – 110'4"
13. Sam Shumate – 88'7"
17. Sam Shumate – 83'11" (PR)
18. Peter Woodward – 81'11" (PR)
ND. Jackson English – ND
6. Zane Dinnell – 5'4"
NH. Dominic Combest – NH
ND. Dominic Combest – NH
ND. Dominic Combest – ND
100 Meters (Prelims)
12. Kiersten Frye – 14.31 (PR)
200 Meters (Prelims)
13. Synove Hansen – 37.56
400 Meters (Prelims)
9. Synove Hansen – 1:24.50
8. Grace Dunn – 6:54.02
7. Kiersten Frye – 20.50
4. Ruby Becker – 58.15
6. Becker, Lawrynuik, Burley, Frye – 57.70
5. Destinee Burley – 28'6"
3. Destinee Burley – 93'6" (PR)
6. Rowyn Lawrynuik – 78'10"
16. Grace Dunn – 71'7" (PR)
17. Rowyn Lawrynuik – 67'3"
11. Ruby Becker – 12'7.75"
12. Synove Hansen – 10'7.5"