Our Thoughts…3A Girls State Track

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The Nyssa girls returned to Hayward Field as the defending 3A champions. After the points were tallied, the Bulldogs finished fourth in the team scores this time. Nyssa will enter next season with a new coach and graduation taking a toll on the roster. Field events appear to be a strength with the return of Julianna Bowns, the state runner-up in triple jump. Good showings in the pole vault should continue as Nyssa returns both Ambrie Draper and Brynlee Hartley. Junior-to-be Avonlea Long also is back after placing third this year in the shot put.

Burns finished seventh at the state meet with a team comprised of only sophomores and freshmen. The Hilanders are back next season led by shot put state champion Caitlyn Horrell. Burns appears to be a top five state team next year with Akylah Kaino back in the hurdles, long jump and high jump and Caitlyn Horrel back in the javelin. A young 4-by-400 relay team could also jump to a top five finish at the state meet and Aliyah Adams should improve in the sprint events.

Simply put, the Vale girls need to find points in the field events. The Vikings placed eighth at the state meet pushed by great showings in both sprints and distance events. They scored zero in field. Haylee Cleaver will be back as a favorite for a state championship in both the 100 and 200 meters and sophomore-to-be Addie Saunders will continue to climb the ranks in the distance races. Bella Johnson should be a top five hurdler next season and a relay team that ended up runner-up should again be near the top. Lady Viks just need those few points in the field events to make a run.

La Pine squeezed in the top 20 at 19th and like Vale, the team is young. The strength of the team is in the discus where Gracie Looney finished fourth followed by Adahleigh Anderson in fifth. Senior-to-be Savannah Johnstone returns in the hurdles after a top six finish and Lucy Fisher will be back as a sophomore in the pole vault. La Pine needs to find a distance runner to pick up some points.

One spot behind La Pine was the Pioneer girls of McLoughlin. MacHi’s strength in the javelin event returns with both Madi Perkins and Addy Brown back. Sophomore-to-be Daisy Koklich will be looking to improve into the top 10 in hurdles.Lakeview had a great run in softball this season. The Lady Honkers need to find some help for Elizabeth Goeres next year.

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