What seemed to be another “growth” year for the track team as a whole has taken some surprising turns going into the home stretch of the season. After six people went to state in 2011, in 2012, only Nick O. and Hannah D. went to state from OES, placing in the top two at districts. Nick, the reigning 1500 and 3000 state champion, seemed to be the only athlete in position to go this year. Lately, other athletes have stepped up and shown that they have a shot at coming in first or second in districts, and advancing to state. The home meet at OES exemplifies the state of the team as a whole, and the growing hope going in to districts on May 17th and 18th at Catlin Gable.
OES Meet Results
Sprinting and Jumping
Nate F. came in second in the high jump, but what was remarkable was his height, 5’08”, which ranks him tied for second in districts. All his jumps at 5’10” came after running a hard 200 meter dash, so there’s a good chance he can jump even higher.
Mikaelah M. was a soccer-playing freshman who decided to do track and is now dominating nearly every race. At the OES meet, Mikaelah won the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x100 relay as the anchor leg. She currently ranks third in district in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. The last time an OES relay team went to state was in 2009; this year’s 4x100 team ranks second in districts.
Close behind her in Tess O., who ranks fifth in the 100 meters (after racing it once) and fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. Tess won both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles at OES Thursday, and ran on the 4x100 team. The hurdling squad is rounded out by Sarayu C., who placed second in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Grace H., who placed third in the 300 hurdles.
In men’s hurdles, James G., remains a force to be reckoned with, ranked third in the district in the 300 hurdles. Brian E. set personal bests in all four events he competed in Thursday, and now ranks fourth and fifth in the two hurdling events.
Galen P. has been on the track team for three years, but set personal bests in both the 100 meters and 200 meters Thursday. He ranks seventh and eighth in those events, respectively, in districts.
Sangjin P’s first pole vault ever put him in second place at the OES meet.
Two years ago, Max A. came in second in districts and made it to state with a long jump of 18’00.5”. Though the competition in the long jump stiffened up last year, OES puts a new long jumper in the mix, freshman Oliver A. Oliver jumped an out-of-nowhere 19’11” to win the OES meet, ranking him second in districts. That was his first long jump of the season, so he has room to improve.
Natalie L. won the 1500 meters in the third race of the day, beating out second place by just one second in a sprint at the end. At the end of the meet, Lily S. came in second in the 3000. Natalie and Lily rank sixth and seventh in the 3000, respectively, in a tough district dominated by Valley Catholic and Catlin Gable.
The boys team also faces stiff competition from Catlin and VC, though Nick seems a lock to do well again at districts and state. OES’ second tier of distance runners, Cameron S., Patrick M., and the author of this story (Spencer S.) hover around the bottom of the district’s top eight in the 800, 1500, and 3000, though we have only raced VC and Catlin once this season, a month ago. The next OES-Catlin-VC-matchup looks to be a promising race, May 7th at Valley Catholic, leading up to districts, where valuable points are at stake for scoring in the top 8 in the three distance events. At the OES meet, Nick and Cameron came in first and second in the 800, while Spencer and Patrick came in first and third in the 1500.
The throwers have been improving all season long and hope to put someone in the top eight in one of the three throwing events, the javelin, shot put, and discus.