This May, the St. Helens track program will host the Northwest Oregon Conference championship meet, an honor and a big opportunity for the Lions to show and prove.
If their returning stars can stay healthy, specifically on the boys' side, it could be a speed-infused spectacle to behold.
Lion senior sprinter Logan Page is the defending NWOC champion in the 100 and 200 who also helped St. Helens' 4x100 relay finish fourth. The fastest man in the NWOC backed his two district titles with a third-place finish in the 200 and a fourth-place finish in the 100 at the Class 5A state championship meet. Senior cross-country star Waylon Nichols is a force on the oval as well, where he took second in the 1,500 and third in the 3,000. Nichols ran a personal best at the 5A state meet and took 12th overall. Senior hurdlers Tanner McTeigue and Kyle Parnell placed fourth and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles. Parnell took seventh in the 300 hurdles. McTeigue took fourth in the triple jump sixth in the high jump. At state, McTeigue took sixth after clearing six feet for a new personal record. Junior Gabe Hughes placed third in the discus and 12th in the shot put. Hughes qualified for state as well, where he placed 12th. Junior Jakob Robbins was fourth in the javelin and senior Jeremy O'Meara cleared 12-03 in the pole vault to place third. O'Meara also clinched a berth at the 5A state meet. Junior Nathan Huck placed eighth in the long jump for the Lions who placed fourth overall at the district championship with 84 points. They'll have five state qualifiers on the roster, all of whom are entering their senior seasons and possess district championship ambitions and beyond.