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HRV track springs into action

After successful 2012 season, Eagles track and field working to continue winning ways

taking charge, HRV track athletes Jestena Mattson won events in a home meet Wednesday afternoon at HRVHS.

taking charge, HRV track athletes Jestena Mattson won events in a home meet Wednesday afternoon at HRVHS. Photo by Adam Lapierre.

Current conference leaders

Cesar Rodriguez: 100 meters, 200 meters,

Jestena Mattson: 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meter, high jump

Lydia Gildehaus: 800 meters

Ricardo Castillo: 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters

Girls 4x100 relay: Zoe Peterson, Kassidy Davidson, Anna Schlosser, Jestena Mattson

Girls 4x400 relay: Anna Schlosser, Lydia Gildehaus, Kassidy Davidson, Jestena Mattson

Boys 4x100 relay: Wyatt Webber, Parker Kennedy, Connor Normand, Cesar Rodriguez

Boys 4x400 relay: Chase Young, Cesar Rodriguez, Wyatt Webber, Parker Irusta

Collete Zack: Long jump

Mason McDowell: Pole vault

HRV vs Reynolds/Columbia (top three)

Boys

100 meters: Wyatt Webber, 1st; Cesar Rodriguez, 2nd

200 meters: Tristan Garza, 3rd

400 meters: Parker Irusta, 3rd

800 meters: Chris Cardenas, 3rd

1500 meters: Ricardo Castillo, 3rd

3,000 meters: Ricardo Castillo, 3rd

4x100 relay: Wyatt Webber, Parker Kennedy, Connor Normand, Cesar Rodriguez, 1st

4x400 relay: Chase Young, Connor Normand, Cesar Rodriguez, Wyatt Webber, 1st

Shot put: Eli Fults, 1st; Sebastian Barajas, 2nd

Discus: Sebastian Barajas, 1st; Eli Fults, 2nd

Pole vault: Mason McDowell, 1st; Parker Kennedy, 2nd

Long jump: Wyatt Webber, 1st; Parker Irusta, 2nd

Girls

100 meters: Kassidy Davidson, 3rd

200 meters: Nina Barone, 2nd

400 meters: Jestena Mattson, 1st; Anna Schlosser, 2nd

800 meters: Lydia Gildehaus, 1st; Lauren Robinson, 2nd

1500 meters: Sophia Marble, 3rd

3,000 meters: Frida Mata, 1st; Denali Emmons, 2nd

4x100 relay: Zoe Peterson, Kassidy Davidson, Anna Schlosser, Jestena Mattson; 1st

4x400 relay: Anna Schlosser, Lydia Gildehaus, Kassidy Davidson, Jestena Mattson, 1st

Discus: Rachel Lahti, 2nd

Javelin: Laura Waller, 1st

High jump: Jestena Mattson, 1st; Zoe Peterson, 2nd

Pole vault: Zoe Peterson, 1st

Long jump: Kassidy Davidson, 3rd

Triple jump: Collette Zack, 3rd

Aloha Ice Breaker HRV varsity highlights (top five finishes)

Boys

100 meters: Cesar Rodriguez, 2nd; Wyatt Webber, 4th

200 meters: Cesar Rodriguez, 2nd

400 meters split relay:

800 meters: Parker Irusta, 4th

1,500 meters: Ricardo Castillo, 3rd

4x100 relay: Cesar Rodriguez, Parker Kennedy, Wyatt Webber, Connor Normand, 1st

4x400 relay: Chase Young, Cesar Rodriguez, Wyatt Webber, Parker Irusta, 2nd

Shot put: Eli Fults, 2nd; Sepastian Barajas, 4th

Discus: Sebastian Barajas, 1st; Eli Fults, 2nd

Javelin: Parker Kennedy, 1st

Pole vault: Mason McDowell, 1st

Long jump: Wyatt Webber, 1st; Parker Irusta, 3rd

Triple jump: Jose Quintana, 4th

Girls

100 meters: Jestena Mattson, 1st; Anna Schlosser, 2nd

200 meters: Jestena Mattson, 1st; Sophie Grace, 3rd

800 meters: Lydia Gildehaus, 1st

1500 meters: Denali Emmons, 4th

3,000 meters: Lauren Robinson, 4th; Delaney Barbour, 5th

4x400 relay: Nina Barone, Jestena Mattson, Anna Schlosser, Georgia Orgain, 1st; Kassidy Davidson, Lydia Gildehaus, Caitlyn Fick, Grace Grim, 3rd

Shot put: Laura Waller, 5th

Javelin: Laura Waller, 4th

High jump: Zoe Peterson, 1st; Georgia Orgain, 2nd

Pole vault: Zoe Peterson, 2nd

Long jump: Collete Zack, 3rd

Triple jump: Collete Zack, 5th

Following in the footsteps of last year’s standout Hood River Valley High School track and field team, which brought home 10 district titles, two state championship titles and top-10 state finishes in 12 events, is going to be a big task; but the next batch of Eagle athletes is hard at work trying.

With two meets already past — including one at home Wednesday under downright nasty wind and rain — the team is seeing fresh faces, as well as returning standouts from last season, rise to the ranks of the league’s best. Topping the list of girls to keep an eye on, sophomore Jestena Mattson seems to have picked up where she left off last season: at the top of her class. The returning state 100-meter champion and 200-meter runner-up has finished first in every event entered so far this season and currently leads the Columbia River Conference 100, 200 and 400 meter events and the high jump.

Teammates Anna Schlosser and Zoe Peterson return to the lineup as state placers and girls to watch out for in running events this season. Along with her role in the girls 4x100 meter relay third-place finish at state, Peterson also placed seventh in pole vault and looks to fill the void left behind in that event by last year’s state champion from HRV, Olivia Campbell.

Senior Lydia Gildehaus is currently leading the MHC in 800 Meters and is likely to be a top finisher favorite in that event as well as the 1,500 Meters. New names to add to the list of girls to watch are sophomore Sophie Grace and freshman Kassidy Davidson.

On the boys side, Eli Fults, Patrick Crompton and Wyatt Webber return as state placers (Fultz, fifth in the shot put, Crompton ninth in pole vault and Webber ninth in long jump) and will be expected make a return trip to the big show in Eugene in May. Teammates Cesar Rodriguez, Ricardo Castillo and Sebastian Barajas will be athletes to watch as the season progresses. Rodriguez, a senior, currently leads the CRC in the 100 and 200 meter events and Barajas, a freshman, has won both discus events entered this season and is giving Fults a run for his money in shot put.

“It’s going to be difficult to replicate the team success of 2012, but our individuals should do very well again,” coach Donnie Herneisen commented. “Due to the structure of our league, we are always battling for second place, as Hermiston seems to run away with the league title every year. We will be relying on our talent and depth in the sprint areas to manufacture points both in the league and at state.

“We’ve lost some of our depth in the sprints from the last two years, but should do well in getting many individuals and relays to the state championships. We have won the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, as well as both relays, in the conference for the last two years, but some of those races will be a dog fight this year.”

This year’s district meet is scheduled for May 17-18 at HRVHS. League standings and previous results don’t count toward state berths; only the top two finishers at districts move on to state, held the following weekend in Eugene.

“The district championship meet is the only competition that really matters in the end,” Herneisen said before districts last season. “For that reason, it’s very exciting, and very nerve wracking. One slip up, one dropped baton, one false start and your season is over.”

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