Top seed: Martin sets series of Corban records

August, 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

James DayFormer Cascade High athlete Nathan Martin has finished a record-shattering track and field career at Corban University.

The Warriors senior won the 100 and the 200 and took second in the 110 high hurdles at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships and went on to compete in both the 200 and the high hurdles at the NAIA national meet.

Martin became the first men’s athlete at Corban to win a conference championship in the 100, where he ran 11.03. He won the 200 in a school record 21.33. It was his second conference title in the 200.

Martin finished his career ranked No. 1 all-time at Corban in the 100 (10.75), 200 (21.33), the high hurdles (14.4) and the 4×100 relay (41.11). He holds the top four school marks in the 100, the top two in the 200, the top 3 in the high hurdles and he participated on five of the top 10 4×100 relay squads in school history.

Here is a look at how other athletes with Santiam Canyon ties fared this spring:

Tabby Humphrey, Cascade: The sophomore outfielder at Corban helped lead the Warriors to within one game of the NAIA softball world series. Corban finished 37-15, with Humphrey, a transfer from Chemeketa, hitting .304 with 35 runs scored (second on the squad) and 14 stolen bases (tied for second). She played in 42 games and started 33.

Alyssa St. Peter, Cascade: The sophomore outfielder at Western Oregon battled .222 with three runs scored playing in 16 games.

Youth sports: A new group called North Santiam Youth Athletics is forming to help fill gaps created by the loss of YMCA programming in the Santiam Canyon. The group is hoping to field K-6 teams in girls soccer, volleyball and boys flag football this fall, with games tentatively starting Sept. 15. Individuals working on the project say they want to augment existing programs that already are working well such as the boys soccer program run by Chris Shields and the Stayton Youth Sports basketball program with a goal of providing recreational – not competitive – opportunities while keeping fees as low as $45 per athlete. This one still is developing. See the Youth Sports in Stayton conversation on Facebook for updates.

Academic all-state: Cascade had 11 activities teams finish with grade point averages above 3.0, while Stayton had nine such teams and Santiam four.

Here’s how it broke down:

Cascade’s top finisher was the volleyball team, which tied for second in Class 4A with a cumulative 3.75. The Cougars” football team ranked fourth with a cumulative 3.25, while girls track and field was seventh at 3.63 and boys track and field was seventh (3.35). Other teams above 3.0 but not in the top 10 included girls cross country (3.68), girls tennis (3.59), girls soccer (3.59), baseball (3.29), softball (3.28), boys cross country (3.26) and boys golf (3.14).

Stayton’s girls basketball swas eighth in Class 4A with a 3.70. Other Eagles squads above 3.0 were volleyball (3.6), dance and drill (3.45), boys cross country (3.30), girls cross country (3.27), girls swimming (3.22), girls soccer (3.17), cheerleading (3.15) and boys basketball (3.14).

Santiam’s boys basketball team was fourth in Class 2A at 3.65, while girls basketball was fifth (3.74) and wrestling was sixth (3.18). Also above 3.0 was volleyball (3.4).

Oregonian Cup: Stayton finished 10th in Class 4A in the Oregonian Cup competition, a mixture of athletic results, sportsmanship and academics. The Eagles, received 2,090 points, with Cascade in 14th place at 1,897.5. Valley Catholic won the division with 3,803 points.

In Class 2A Santiam was 24th with 1,032.5, with Regis 28th with 952.5. Kennedy was the winner with 2,442.5.

Fall update: High school athletes in football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and cheer can begin conditioning drills Aug. 6. The long-range forecast predicts 84 degrees that day. Formal practices are Aug. 13, with Aug. 23 the first contest/jamboree date. Football clashes begin Aug. 31, 7 p.m., with Stayton hosting North Marion, Cascade visiting Cottage Grove and Santiam traveling to Regis.

Running: Nearly 200 runners and walkers participated in the July 4 fun runs in Stayton. Casey Pugh, who graduated from Stayton High in June, won the 5-kilomater trail run in 17:50.9, with former Eagles teammate Ben Kirby second in 19:22.5. Michelle Rose (21:30.7) finished fourth overall and was the first woman to finish.

Todd Coblentz of Stayton won the 10K trail event in 36:12.1, with Steffanie Price the top woman (9th in 46:37.7). In the 3K run Kane Nixon triumphed in 11:15.6, with 9-year-old E. Rosling the top female (3rd in 12:20.4). Karen Perlich of Stayton won the 3K walk in 22:19.1, with Greg Giglio of Stayton the top men’s finisher (4th in 23:06.2).

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