With spring break in the rear view, Hood River Valley High School track and field is transitioning from its early season outlook to a more focused mindset of preparing for the all-telling Columbia River Conference championships, just six weeks away as of this weekend.
The team competed twice this week, Tuesday at Pendleton and Friday at Mt. Hood Community College. Friday’s meet, the East County Classic, hadn’t been run as of press time for this issue. Tuesday’s meet was meant to be a full dual between the two CRC teams, but Pendleton didn’t enter its varsity lineup, which has a larger meet Friday as well.
Against Pendleton’s JV/freshman field, and a small number of athletes from 2A Grant Union High, the contest was essentially an intrasquad meet for the Eagles, who claimed top positions in nearly every event of the day.
“The meet basically was a good opportunity for our younger athletes to see where they are at in their training, and for our more seasoned athletes to get some opportunity in some other events,” coach Donnie Herneisen said on Wednesday. “Friday’s meet at Mt. Hood Community College will be our first official test against some very good competition.”
Although still early in the season, several performances this week provided inklings of good things to come as the season, and individual athletes, progress.
“Many of our kids are starting to put up really high-quality marks,” Herneisen added.
Among those high marks, several HRV athletes posted CRC-leading results (thus far in the season) at the meet, and out of those a few are among the top marks in the state. At the top of the list is sophomore strongman and defending state discus champion Sebastian Barajas, who posted the top 5A result of the season in the event with a distance of 153-9 — seven feet ahead of the closest competition. Barajas’s 48-8 distance in the shot put the same day is the third-best at the 5A level, with The Dalles’ Lio Tunai a cut above the rest at 52-7.
On the girls side, the 4x100 relay team of Mayla Anderson, Kassidy Davidson, Zoe Peterson and Jestena Mattson posted a 5A No. 2 result Tuesday — a CRC-leading time by nearly five seconds. Mattson, also a defending state champion, holds the state’s fastest 5A 100-meter time (12.57), which she posted at the first meet of the season.
Other CRC top times posted Tuesday came from Wyatt Webber in the 100-meters (11.68), Parker Irusta in the 400 meters (52.86), Patrick Crompton in the pole vault (13-6), the boys 4x100 relay team of Parker Irusta, Tyrone Stinzi, Wyatt Webber and Will Robinson (45.52), Mattson in the 400 meters (1:01.97), Sascha Bockius in the 1,500 meters (5:02.7) and the girls 4x400 relay team of Sascha Bockius, Denali Emmons, Sophia Marble and Kassidy Davidson (4:27.66).
Girls event winners
(Top CRC times as of April 2)
100 meters: Zoe Peterson, 13.58 (top CRC: 12.57)
200 meters: Emily Viuhkola, 29.17 (top CRC: 26.7)
400 meters: Jestena Mattson, 1:01.97 (top CRC: 1:01.91)
800 meters: Anna Schlosser (2nd), 2:41.52 (top CRC: 2:29.98)
1,500 meters: Sascha Bockius, 5:02.7 (top CRC: 5:02.7)
300m hurdles: Marlie Bloomster (2nd), 55.03 (top CRC: 52.63)
4x100 relay: Mayla Anderson, Kassidy Davidson, Zoe Peterson and Jestena Mattson, 50.8 (top CRC: 50.8)
4x400 relay: Sascha Bockius, Denali Emmons, Sophia Marble and Kassidy Davidson, 4:27.66 (top CRC: 4:27.66)
Shot put: Lauren Winans, 31-09.5 (top CRC: 36-8)
Discus: Maddie Collins, 78-09 (top CRC: 106-7)
High jump: Marlie Bloomster, 4-08 (top CRC: 5-3)
Pole vault: Zoe Peterson, 9-0 (top CRC: 10)
Long jump: Kassidy Davidson (2nd), 14-0 (top CRC: 16-4.5)
Boys event winners
(Top CRC times as of April 2)
100 meters: Wyatt Weber, 11.90 (top CRC: 11.68)
200 meters: Parker Kennedy, 24.84 (top CRC: 23.83)
400 meters: Parker Irusta, 52.86 (top CRC: 52.86)
800 meters: Ricardo Castillo, 2:12.53 (top CRC: 2:10.30)
1,500 meters: Quinn Fetkenhour, 4:44.25 (top CRC: 4:19.90)
3,000 meters: Jesse Wiley (2nd), 15:19.40 (top CRC: 9:19.20)
100m hurdles: Parker Kennedy, 17.03 (top CRC: 16.24)
4x100 relay: Parker Irusta, Tyrone Stinzi, Wyatt Webber and Will Robinson, 45.52 (top CRC: 45.52)
4x400 relay: Jacob Bromham, Owen Ramsey, August Levine-Grossman and Jorge Cuevas, 4:00.87 (top CRC: 3:38.90)
Shot put: Sebastian Barajas, 48-08 (top CRC: 52-7)
Discus: Sebastian Barajas, 153-09 (top CRC: 153-09)
Javelin: Sebastian Barajas, 129-09 (top CRC: 162-9)
High jump: Parker Kennedy, 5-08 (top CRC: 6-6)
Pole vault: Patrick Crompton, 13-6 (top CRC: 13-6)
Long jump: Parker Irusta, 19-10 (top CRC: 20-8.5)