Our Thoughts…2A Boys Track

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The Weston-McEwen boys returned home second only to champion East Linn Christian after the state 2A track and field meet came to a close. Fielding a large team at Hayward Field, a number of these same athletes are poised to return next year. Weston-McEwen does see distance runner Alex McIntyre depart to graduation but will again be strong in the hurdle events as Anthony Nix and Sebatian Roggerio return, both top 10 finishers at this year’s state meet. Nix also placed second in the triple jump. The TigerScots also see returning athletes in the field events making this team an early favorite for next season.

Culver finished the state meet tied for fifth in the team standings. The loss of state champion Peter Miranda will put a dent in the team scoring but Culver does see the return of sprinter Trent Reese and a 4-by-100 relay team that finished second at state. Culver only needs to find a field athlete and will again be back in the top five.

The combined squad of Enterprise and Wallowa placed seventh in the team scores with 37 points. Due to graduation, the Outlaws will be without state champion Lute Ramsden for the 400 meters and also lose Weston Wolfe in the hurdles. Both were also part of a championship 4-by-400 relay team. Ransom Peters and Andrew Nordtvedt will need to find some new teammates.

One spot behind Enterprise/Wallowa was Heppner behind state champion Trevor Nichols. The Mustang distance runner supplied the majority of the team points for Heppner. Mustangs need to be looking for some field competitors to make up for the missing Nichols points.

Stanfield-Echo, with 11 points, finished 22nd. Next season could be the time for junior-to-be Pablo Galindo to break into the top five in the distance events.

Jaton Black will be back for the Irrigon squad after the Knights finished 24th in the team standings. The Knights will be without top five pole vaulter Jozen Byers due to graduation but need to find a few more like Black, a top four finisher in the 300-meter hurdles.

One spot behind the Knights was Grant Union in 25th. The Prospectors return a 4-by-400 relay team that should improve from a 12th place showing and Landon Boyd will be back as a senior in the hurdles. Riddick Hutchison, a third-place finisher in the pole vault, will be missing after his graduation.

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