West Linn gets ready for more district track on Friday
The preliminaries are over.
For the Three Rivers League's best track and field athletes, the time is now.
The 2018 TRL District Meet opened Wednesday with a handful of field event finals and the 3,000 meters championship, and continues with more championship finals Friday at Linfield Community College in McMinnville. Field event finals begin at 3 p.m. Friday and running event finals at 5 p.m. Friday.
For West Linn's best athletes, district marks another chance to test themselves against the TRL's best and potentially win a berth to the Class 6A state meet. The top two finishers in each event will qualify for state, along with any individuals or relay teams that meet state qualifying standards. The Class 6A state meet is set for May 18-19 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
"The Lions are very young this year and we are looking to compete very well at the district meet," said West Linn coach Joe Cerny. "The Lions will give it our best effort on (both days)."
Among those West Linn athletes with the best chances at advancing to the state meet are:
Boys: Senior Justin Gould in the pole vault (he's currently first in the TRL); senior Justin Babcock in the discus (he's second in the TRL; he's also fourth in the shot put); freshman Cody Pierce in the high jump (second in TRL); and junior John Wetzsteon in the 3,000 (third in the TRL; he's also fourth in the 1,500).
Girls: Sophomore Moya Moses in the 3,000 meters (she's currently fourth in the TRL); freshman Makayla Long in the discus (fourth in the TRL); and senior Raina Hines in the 800.
That said, even longtime coach Cerny knows that it's tough to predict what will happen.
"What I like about district is that there is always a surprise," he added.