Track and field falls again, but continues to improve in early season

McNary track and field was at home for the first time this season on Wednesday, hosting a dual meet against Sprague High School, but their overall struggles continued. The men lost 80-65, while the women fell 79-41. 

Despite the loss, it was a stronger showing for both mens and womens teams. Last Tuesday, April 5, the men lost to South Salem 92-52, and the women 105-37. At the Titan Track Classic to open the season on April 1 the men finished 11th of 13 teams, totaling 20 points. The women placed last of 13, with 11 points.

The season progress can be seen in individual performances as well.

Maile Salang set new personal records in the discus at 110 feet, 7inches and shot put with 34 feet, 4.25 inches Wednesday, winning both events. Salang also took first place last week at South Salem in the discus, shot put and javelin. 

Salang’s teammate Lillian Besa finished second in the discus, setting a personal record at 99-11. 

Also on the women’s side, Kiana Olivio finished first in the 200-meters with a personal record time of 28.5 seconds. 

The men fared slightly better. Celtic runners took the top spot in the 100, 200 and 400-meters, all with personal records. 

Pierce Walker won the 100-meters at 11.5 seconds, with teammate Tyler Copeland on his heels at 11.6 seconds, also a personal best. 

In the 200-meters, Pawat Potisuk narrowly edged out Sprague’s Colton Herring by a tenth of a second, finishing at 24.3 seconds. 

McNary claimed the three top spots in the 400-meters. Benjamin Standley (52.5 seconds) was first, with Caleb McCoy (53.8 seconds) and Pawit Potisuk (54.6 seconds) rounding out the results. All three times were personal records. 

The Celtics also had the top three spots in the 3000-meters. Luke Ellis finished first at 10 minutes, 10.3 seconds, Brayden Kaehler second at 10:12.8 and Josiah Ziesemer third at 11:49.3. Ellis and Kaehler set personal records, while Ziesemer had his best time of the season.

The team of Benjamin Sheets, Standley, Pawat and Pawit Potisuk won the 4X400 relay with a time of 3 minutes, 35.8 seconds. 

Aldo Villalvazo and Isaac Scroggins took the top two spots in shot put. Villalvazo’s distance of 40 feet, 8.25 inches was a season best for him, and Scroggins set a personal record with 39-6.75. 

Spencer Millis dominated the discus. His 108 feet, 5 inches was more than 18 feet longer than second place.

McNary will look to continue to improve on the season Saturday, April 16, in the Wilsonville Invitational at Wilsonville High School. The 23-team event features teams from four Oregon divisions, 3A, 4A, 5A and McNary’s 6A, as well as the 3A and 4A Washington divisions. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m and track events at 11 a.m.

Caleb Matthews goes over the bar with a successful attempt at the pole vault against Sprague High Wednesday, April 13, at McNary High. Matthews placed second with a height of 8 feet, a personal record for Matthews. (KEIZERTIMES/Joshua Manes)Maile Salang throws the shot put at a dual meet against Sprague on Wednesday, April 13, at McNary High School. Salang won the event with a personal record distance of 34 feet, 4.25 inches. (KEIZERTIMES/Joshua Manes)Aldo Villalvazo throws the shot put at the dual meet against Sprague High Wednesday, April 13, at McNary. Villalvazo won the event with a throw of 40 feet, 8.25 inches. (KEIZERTIMES/Joshua Manes)Emily Lettenmaier runs the 1500-meters Wednesday, April 13, at a dual meet against Sprague High at McNary. Lettenmaier finished third with a time of 5 minutes, 58.8 seconds. (KEIZERTIMES/Joshua Manes)