By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Tevita Maake didn’t crack the state’s top ten shot put throwers last week, but one more seven-foot personal record (PR) would put him in the top five.
Maake launched the shot put for a mark of 46-08 in competition at the meet with North Salem High School last week. He won the event and soared past his prior best of 39 feet in his first season as a track and field athlete.
“We have a good coach who gives us a lot of advice,” said Maake, a junior. “Now I want to get past 50 feet this season.”
Both the boys and girls varsity teams won their side of the meet with the Vikings. The final score for the boys was 85-60. The girls won 77-68.
The Lady Celts have their sights set on another Central Valley Conference title, said senior Ashlee Koenig.
“I think the team is in a really great place after winning last year and we have a confidence in each other that some other teams don’t have,” she said.
Koenig was part of the winning 4×100 relay team that included Daysha Simms, Alyssa Looney and Danielle Duran. She also topped the podium in the long jump with a mark of 15-10.
“My goal this season is to get the record for the girls long jump. It’s 17-4 now, but last year I went from 14 feet to 16 feet. I’m striving to make another leap like that,” she said.
Other winners for the girls were: Looney in the 100 meter in 13.4; Simms in the 200 meter in 26 seconds; Duran in the 400 meter in 1:01.8; Aisha Amaitsa in the 1,500 meter in 5:20.8; Duran, Sydney Hunter, Hali Thurston and Simms in the 4×400 meter relay in 4.11; Kyla Duncan in the discus with a mark of 100-05; and Jasmine Ernest in the javelin with a mark of 101-03.
The Celtic boys depth in sprinting helped the team turn in top performances in relays and short races, said junior Kyle Torres.
“Most of our sprinters would be on the varsity team anywhere else in the league,” he said. “We’re lucky to have that.”
Torres won the 100 meter in 10.9 and helped the 4×100 relay team to victory in 43.2 seconds. The relay team includes Anthony Nguyen, Austin Brown and Garrett Hittner.
Other winners for the boys were: Brown in the 200 meter in 23.8; Adrian Fernandez in the 800 meter in 2:03.9; Daniel Brattain in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.9, the pole vault clearing 12-06 and long jump with a mark of 21-00; Brown, Brendan Van Voorhis, Evan Rummerfield and Brett Hildebrand in the 4×400 relays in 3:37.4; Coben Christenson in the discus with a mark of 117-11; and Perry Groves in the high jump clearing 6-00 and triple jump with a mark of 41-01.
At the Oregon Relays in Eugene Saturday, April 19, Amaitsa claimed a three-second PR in the 800 meter with a time of 2:25.07; Van Voorhis topped the podium in the freshman 100 meter with a time of 11.52, and the boys 4×100 team of Brown, Brett Hildebrand, Nguyen and Hittner took third with a time of 43.16.