Twilight Invitational: 800 expected to compete at Regis High May 6

May, 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation
Scene from the 2015 meet.        Submitted photo

Scene from the 2015 meet. Submitted photo

By Mary Owen

Regis High School is gearing up for its fourth annual Regis Community Twilight Invitational track and field meet.

“There will be about 800 athletes in attendance,” said Mike Bauer, Regis counselor and track coach. “It is truly a community endeavor starting with honoring our local Stayton Police Department for all they do. There will be a Boys Scout Color Guard, the national anthem played on a guitar, the release of doves, and that is just to get things started.”

The meet is Friday, May 6,  3 to 9:30 p.m. Concessions will be open and meet T-shirts will be on sale for $15.

“The purpose of the meet is to generate funds to resurface the track in the future,” Bauer said. “Four years ago our school and community raised close to $300,000 to upgrade and resurface the track. Approximately every 10 years a track needs to be resurfaced at about $100,000. The Regis Community Twilight Committee was formed to put on a meet that would generate funds to be put away for this purpose. Basically, we wanted to find a way to involve our community in a fun event that would help avoid another major fundraiser.”

To date, 32 teams from throughout the Willamette Valley and Northern Oregon are planning to attend, bringing hundreds of spectators to Stayton.

Local businesses are sponsoring 34 events, including 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes and 800-, 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs as well as field events, including shot put, discus, javelin, pole vault, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Each event has boys and girls divisions.

“Rotary runs the long jump, the Knights of Columbus runs the high jump, the Stayton Methodist Church runs the triple jump, Kiwanis runs the shot put, Oregon State Bridge Construction Inc. runs the javelin, and the Lions Club runs the pole vault,” Bauer said. “We hope the Stayton Police Department will run the discus.”

Bauer said about 100 volunteers help run the meet, including many Regis students.

“Last year we had a 20-by-40-foot video display board that had replays, results, and videos,” he said. “The athletes and spectators loved it because it is unique (for) high school level track. (The) kids look forward to it because the best in the state will be there.”

“This meet is the best preparation there is for the state meet,” said Eric Gustin, a Regis junior. Senior Grace Piccirilli said she loves “meeting people from so many different teams.”

This year’s title sponsors are Marian Estates and Columbia Bank. Hillyer’s Stayton/Mid-City Ford and ProWest Productions are display board sponsors. The sponsor list is at For information, call Bauer, 503-769-2159.

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