Celtic track teams back for another go

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Celt Antoine Walder clears the rope in a high jump practice Monday, March 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Antoine Walder clears the rope in a high jump practice Monday, March 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By Evan Rummerfield
For the Keizertimes

Spring sports are in full swing.

More than 100 McNary track and field athletes are now practicing as of March 3. Last year, the boys placed second at the district meet, and the girls ran away with first place – a district title.

Fifteen boys that competed at the varsity district meet last year are returning – 10 of whom are district placers (a placer is an athlete that made it into top eight for an event). Thirteen varsity girls are returning, and seven of them placed at last year’s district meet.

In total, six boys and two girls with state meet experience are returning.

Garrett Hittner, a senior, placed second at the district meet in the 100 meter and third in the 200 meter. He advanced to state in the 100 meter.

Anthony Nguyen, as a freshman last year, placed third in the 100 meter and sixth in the 200 meter at the district meet.

Kyle Torres, a current junior, at the district level placed fifth in the 200 meter and fourth in the 400 meter.

Austin Brown, another returning sophomore, got sixth in the 400 meter.

Last year’s 4×100 meter relay consisted of Hittner, Nguyen, Torres, and Brown. They placed second and then advanced to the state meet.

Three of the four runners on the 4×400 meter relay team are back (Hittner, Torres and Brown).  At the district meet they got third place.

Evan Rummerfield as a junior last year placed fifth in the 800 meter.

Adrian Fernandez as a junior last year placed sixth in the 3,000 meter and seventh in the 1,500 meter.

As a junior Daniel Brattain placed first in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles; he also took eighth in the javelin. At the state meet, he placed third in the 110 meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 meter hurdles.

At the district meet Chance Hopkins, a senior this year, placed eighth in the 110 meter hurdles.

Tristan Naughton, a junior, got fifth in the shot put at the district level.

Perry Groves, at the district meet placed fifth in high jump and third in the long and triple jump. He qualified for the state meet in long jump and placed eighth at the meet.

Daysha Simms-Garcia, a senior, won district titles in the 200 and 400 meter races. She took fifth in the 400 at the state meet.

As a freshman, Danielle Duran last year placed second in the 400 meter and advanced to state.

Simms-Garcia and Duran are the only returning legs on the girls relay teams. Last year, both the girls 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter team placed first at the district meet.

Aisha Amaitsa as a junior last year got eighth in the 800 meter.

Jasmine Ernest as a sophomore placed seventh in Javelin.

For pole vault, senior Emily McNichols took seventh last year.

Senior Kalah McVay, another pole vault athlete, placed eighth at the district meet.

Ashlee Koenig, a senior, placed seventh in the triple jump.

All of these athletes plan to build off of last year’s successes even though the season lost a week of practice because of a state level change in rules and regulations.

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