By LANCE MASTERSON
Of the Keizertimes
As seniors Megan Hingston, Lauren Brouse and Amy Jones go, so goes the Lady Celts varsity track team at this year’s district finals.
“It’s going to be hard to see them go,” said McNary Coach Kelley Borresen of the trio. “They’ve been varsity contributing members since the time they were freshmen. I think they’re all positioned to have a real successful district meet, and it’s exactly what I hope for them.”
The finals, which began yesterday (Thursday, May 20), conclude today. They are at Sprague High School with field events starting at 3 p.m.
The top two finishers from each event automatically advance to next week’s state meet in Eugene.
Hingston is seeded first in the 110m hurdles and shot put, second in the 300m hurdles and fourth in the javelin. She will battle Kelsey Moe of South Salem, who is seeded second in the 110m and first in the 300m hurdles.
Depending on what happens at district, it’s possible Hingston will end her high school career having qualified for six different events at state: both hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin.
“That’s an incredible statement, for one person to make,” said Borresen.
Brouse is the top seed in the 200m and 400m while Jones has the fastest time in the 800m.
Brouse and Jones will pool their talents in the 4X100 and 4X400 relays, both of which have the fastest times heading into districts. This is Jones’s first year on the 4X100.
“The team has had fast sprinters in previous years,” said Jones. “So now they’re pulling a distance runner up for the 4X100 relay … It’s definitely a different race, just because it’s over so quickly. The shortest thing I do is an entire lap. So I feel as soon as I start. I’m done.”
Brouse, who has been one of the district’s top 400m runners since her freshman year, and is a sprinter to boot, is quite familiar with both distances.
“The 4X4 has my heart,” said Brouse. “I love that race, just because it’s a team effort., and for the past three years our girls have taken first. It’s kind of a thing here.”
Senior Rachel Fast and sophomore Averi Wing are also on the 4X100, which enters district tied with North Salem for the top seed. Wing and freshman Laura Donaldson are on the 4X400.
Jenna Quesnal, a junior, leads the CVC pack in pole vaulting with a qualifying mark of 10-0.
Chelsea Scott, a senior, is seeded third in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
While chock full of potential district champions, the Lady Celts are thin elsewhere in their ranks.
“I expect us to be in the top three,” said Borresen. “I think we’re going to have a difficult time catching South (Salem), although that’s not impossible … But are numbers are limited. In years past we’ve had kids who could pick up seconds, thirds, and we’re a little short on that this year.”