By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The Whiteaker Middle School track and field team had high hopes headed into the All-City Middle School meet last month, but few expected them to perform as well as the did.
When all was said and done, the team took first in combined scoring.
“It was the kids making personal record after personal record, all the way down the line,” said Scott Coburn, Wolverine head coach.
In addition, the school crowned four new district champions.
Seventh grader Brendan VanVoorhis took first in the 100-meter with a time of 12.98, and eighth grader Austin Brown had a banner day claiming a championship in the long jump as he sailed 18-08.50 on his first attempt. The jump eclipsed recent Whiteaker grad Daniel Brattain’s school record.
Leilani Salang topped the podium in the 100-meter for the seventh grade girls recording a time of 14.54, and eighth grader Madison Cloyd did the same for the eighth grade girls with a time of 14.20.
The boys also got a boost from eighth grader Kyle Flores, who ran a new personal best in the 100-meter hurdles, 16.32, and took second.
“We all knew that Lucan Hargraves was the strongest contender, but Kyle was right behind him,” Coburn said.
While certain athletes set themselves at the head of the pack, it was truly a whole-team effort, Coburn said, “Hannah Kannier was solid for us all year. Karli Scoggins ran a multitude of races for us and still placed in every event. We also had some good additions this year in the boys in Dylan Putnam and Yishai Meas, both placed.”
Other placers for the boys were: Brown, fourth in the eighth grade 100-meter with a time of 12.45 and third in the 200-meter with a time of 22.44; Darrien Benjamin, second in the sixth grade 100-meter; VanVoohis, third in the seventh grade 400-meter with a time of 59.22; Putnam, fourth in the eighth grade 400-meter with a time of 59.80; Angel Goemaere, second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.40; Brown, Meas, Putnam and Bryson Canchela, third in the 4×100 with a time of 47.85; Benjamin, Lucas Garvey, Johnathan Williams and Jacob Cremer, second in the 4×100; VanVoorhis, Tanner Gordon, Goemaere and Hayden Sater, fourth in the 4×400 with a time of 4:15.20; Chilo Greenwood, third in the shot put with a heave of 28-08.25; Coben Christensen, second in the eighth grade discus with a toss of 110-06.50; and Tanner
Gordon in the high jump clearing 5-02.
For the girls, other placers were: Kannier, second in the 100-meter with a time of 14.23 and third in the 200-meter with a time of 30.51; Madi Hingston, second in the 100-meter hurdles; Cloyd, Kannier, Megan Ronnow and Alicia Capuchine, second in the eighth grade 4×100 meter with a time of 54.50; Christina Nakamura, Salang, Shaylee Williams and Alexa Strand in the seventh grad 4×100 with a time of 56.29; Baylee Torres, Selbie Christensen, Paige Downer and Sophia Salinas, second in the sixth grade 4×100 with a time of 58.43; Cheyenne Kadin, third in the shot put with a throw of 25-08.25; Ashley Moisan, third in the discus with a toss of 74-06; and Hingston, third in the long jump sailing 13-02.75.
The boys won their division with a score of 133.5 points besting their closest competition, Leslie Middle School, by 13 points. The girls took second place with 122 points. Combined, the teams beat Straub Middle School for the All-City title 255.5-239.5.