Heading into the 2022 Oregon high school track and field season, there are plenty of talented Mt. Hood Conference athletes to keep your eye on as they look to build upon record-setting performances in the final two meets of last year.
The conference best shined in their performances at the Mt. Hood Conference Championships and the OSAA 6A Track and Field State Showcase last spring, in which personal records were set and medals were earned.
For the girls Barlow will look to repeat as conference champs with returning stars in multiple events. Meanwhile, the boys Central Catholic returns a dominant group of runners that scored big in the state meet.
The 2021 MHC Championships were won by the Barlow girls (156 points) followed by Central Catholic (131) and Clackamas (106). For the boys Central Catholic took first (174) followed by Barlow (107), Sandy (106) and Clackamas (104).
And while normally these lists are limited to 10 athletes, there were too many talented kids to recognize. So here are the 31 boys and girls track and field athletes to watch this coming season, along with their performances at the end of last year:
Micah Perry, Barlow junior — won state 110 hurdles (14.62) and took fourth in the long jump (21-06.00 feet, personal record).
Xavier Simpson and Stryder Todd-Fields, Central Catholic senior and junior — both sprinters ran well at state last season in the 100. Simpson took second (10.98) and Todd-Fields finished fourth (11.09).
Julian Kingery, Central Catholic senior — third in state 800 (1:57.10).
Elias Martinez, Sandy senior — sixth in state shotput (48-11.50 feet, PR). Martinez is the top returner from a talented group of Sandy boy throwers.
Wesley Shipsey, Central Catholic junior — sixth in state 3000 (8:26.98) and ninth in the 1500 (3:54.66).
Benjamin Moffett, Clackamas senior — sixth in state javelin (172-11 feet).
Ian Patton, Clackamas senior — seventh in state long jump (20-08.00 feet, PR).
Lander Marak, Sandy sophomore — ninth in state discus (129-07 feet, PR).
Dakota Pillster, Barlow senior — won MHC long jump (19-07.00 feet, PR).
Hudson Pate, Barlow senior — second in MHC high jump (5-08.00 feet).
Mason Williams, Clackamas senior — second in MHC 300 hurdles (44.97, PR); third in 110 hurdles (17.49).
Braydon Lee, Barlow junior — third in MHC 800 (1:59.93, PR).
Aidan Follett, Reynolds senior — fourth in MHC 300 hurdles (46.53, PR); fifth in 110 hurdles (19.26, PR).
Spencer Brozstek, Sandy senior — fourth in MHC 400 (53.36, PR) and sixth in 200 (24.40, PR).
Nicholas Mendez, Centennial senior — fifth in MHC 1500 (4:29.35)
Dylan Stevenson, Reynolds junior — fifth in MHC 3000 (9:51.73, PR).
Anthony Dickson, Reynolds junior — fifth in MHC javelin (138-11 feet, PR).
Sydney Brewster, Sandy junior — third in state discus (133-06 feet); fourth in shot put (38-11.50 feet).
Elliott Bush, Central Catholic senior — fifth in state javelin (125-09 feet).
Grace Lam Tiang, Barlow senior — seventh in state javelin (115-02 feet, PR); 10th in shot put (34-00.50).
Delaney Neal, Clackamas senior — eighth in state high jump (5-00.00 feet).
Ella McGillis, Central Catholic sophomore — ninth in state 1500 (4:44.07, PR).
Emelia Puerta, Clackamas junior — won MHC 200 (26.81); won 400 (59.75).
Alina Bosyuk, David Douglas junior — won MHC 100 hurdles (17.31); won 300 hurdles (49.89, PR).
Alina Estrada, Barlow senior — won MHC high jump (4-10.99 feet); second in 100 hurdles (17.77, PR); second in 300 hurdles (52.01).
Allie Perez, Barlow junior — won MHC triple jump (30-10.50 feet, PR); fourth in long jump (14-04.00 feet).
Naomi Coffee, Reynolds sophomore — second MHC long jump (15-00.00, PR); fourth in 100 (13.92).
Sophia Lopez, Reynolds senior — second MHC discus (96-09 feet).
Aliyah Duran, Gresham senior — sixth MHC javelin (86-05 feet).
Zoi Hicks, Centennial sophomore — sixth MHC 100 (14.15, PR); ninth in 200 (29.76, PR).
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