Track to the forefront: Baseball update, too

May, 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayBy James Day

Perennial track and field powers Regis and Cascade are making noise again this year. But perhaps in a slightly different way.

The Regis 4×400 relay team participated in a high school competition involving seven other Oregon relay squads March 26 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center.

The Regis team of Eric Gustin, Ethan Lulay, Brendon Woodcock, and Sam Nieslanik finished second in what coach Mike Bauer described as a “good early season time” of 3:38. The race included two teams each from Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Class 4A.

The Rams qualified by winning the 4×400 at the OSAA Class 2A championships last May at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Gustin, Woodcock and Nieslanik all participated in that state meet race, with senior Daniel Koellman rounding out the foursome. Koellman has graduated, with Lulay moving into his slot.

“After the race the students got to watch the world’s best track and field athletes go at it in a variety of events,” Bauer told Our Town. “It was the experience of a lifetime for these athletes from Regis High School.”

The same foursome turned in an even faster time, a 3:31.36, to win the April 23 Meet of Champions in Salem. The mark is second all time at Regis. In addition, Gustin set a school record with 50.67 winning time in the 400 meters, while Josh Mumey, the state leader in the high jump at 6-8.5, won the event in 6-2.

The Cascade program, meanwhile, received some high-wattage workout assistance on April 22 when Olympic weight training coach John Corbett, three-time Olympian javelin thrower Karin Smith and up-and-coming javelin competitor Monika Gruszecki came by to train with the Cougars.

“Good times at Cascade,” summed up veteran Cougars coach Dan Petersen, who has a good crop of athletes who will be competing later this month in the Oregon West Conference district meet and at the Class 4A championships in Eugene.

Sophomore Halle Wright is ranked second in the state in the shot put (40-1/4), Elisa Kanoff is second in the 100 (12.91) and fourth in the 200 (26.56), Amanda Wiebenga is tied for second in the pole vault (11-0), Kalulu Ngaida is third in the high jump (5-3) and triple jump (34-1) and Christy Seaton is third in the 100 hurdles (16.40).

On the boys side Cascade’s Brandon Martin is second in the state in the 100 (11.25) and teamed up with Austin Martin, Lucas Bjorklund and Garrett Yunker to turn in the second-fastest 4×100 relay time of 43.61, while Austin Martin is fifth in the 400 at 51.35.

Baseball: Cascade, in its first year under Tim Ganfield, is 5-2 in the Oregon West Conference and tied for first place with Philomath. Ganfield previously coached Cascade’s softball squad, winning state titles in 2010 and 2011 and finishing second in 2005 and 2012.

Regis and Santiam, meanwhile, are in a five-team fight for the three playoff spots in Special District 2. St. Paul (6-2) and Kennedy (5-1) are in a virtual tie for the lead, with Regis and Western Mennonite tied for third at 5-2 and Santiam just a half-game back at 4-2.

Stayton signings: Three athletes at Stayton have announced their college plans and signings were held April 27 at the school library. Football quarterback Kyle Schwarm and lineman Devon Garber signed to play at George Fox and Pacific, respectively, while Kymberlin Bush will participate in cross country and track and field at Pacific.

All-state basketball: Two members of Cascade’s Class 4A state runner-up basketball team received all-state honors. Senior Alyssa St. Peter and sophomore Halle Wright, who shared Oregon West Conference player of the year honors, both were named to the all-state first team. The Cougars finished 26-2, losing only to a team from Hawaii and Sutherlin in the 4A title game.

Academic awards: Santiam and Regis both placed several teams on the winter OSAA all-academic lists. Santiam featured the top squad in the state in dance and drill with a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average. The Wolverines also were second in Class 2A in boys basketball with a 3.62 GPA and eighth in girls hoops with a 3.68. Regis, meanwhile, was fifth in the state in cheerleading (3.62) and seventh in Class 2A boys basketball (3.41). The Rams did not make the top 10 in girls basketball but turned in a fine 3.28 GPA.

Boston Marathon: Wendy Garrett of Turner completed in America’s most renowned marathon on April 18. Garrett, 37, ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston in 5:13:13, an 11:57 pace per mile.

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