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The 2A state track meet has come to a close. It is time to take a look forward to next year.
If there is a team wanting track and field season to start tomorrow, it has to be the Mustang girls of Heppner. After losing out on a state team title to Bandon by just three points, Heppner returns their entire team next year starting with junior-to-be Halle Hisler. The Mustang sprinter finished this season a top five in the 100 meters and 400 meters and is the reigning state champion in the 200 meters. Add in sophomore-to-be Lily Nichols in the distance events and 300-meter hurdles and a second place 4-by-400 relay team, Heppner could use only a field event finish to add some points and take the team title next season at state.
As additional team with high hopes for next season is the Outlaw girls of Enterprise/Wallowa. After wrapping up the state meet in third place in the team standings, like Heppner, the Outlaws bring back a talented squad. Sophomore-to-be Owyhee Harguess opened eyes, winning the 400 meters and placing second in the 800 meters. Junior-to-be Nevaeh James is also back after placing as the runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles. Enterprise/Wallowa will need to replace Maddie Nordtvedt on the championship 4-by-400 relay squad as the senior graduated. Next year’s state track meet could come down to a Mustangs/Outlaws battle.
Weston-McEwen is going to miss Lily Lindsey. After pushing the TigerScots to 14th in the team scores, Lindsey ran her last race at the state meet, finishing sixth in the 100 meters, second in the 200 meters, third in the long jump and taking part in the 4-by-100 relay. The TigerScots will be looking for junior-to-be Kelsey Graham to improve in the 400 meters.
Graduation also takes away Stanfield/Echo’s top finisher, Emily Hancock, third in the long jump. Placing 18th in the team scores this year, a number of student athletes return including junior-to-be Hadley Palmateer after placing sixth in the javelin.
Culver placed 23rd in the team scoring. Returning as a senior Renee Johnson needs some help.
Grant Union has a championship softball squad this year and is only so big. The Prospectors finished 26th in the team scoring and prays junior-to-be Heidi Jackson and sophomore-to-be Aaliyah Judd do not leave next year to play softball. At the 2A level, there are only so many players to go around.
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