The Vernonia High School Track and Field team competed in the District Track and Field Meet on May 17th and 18th at Portland Christian’s track and came home with several district champions. This was the state qualifying meet, where the top 2 in each event go on to the state track meet at Hayward Field in Eugene and will compete this week for the state championship―as a team and as individuals in each event.
There were several big stories and outstanding performances for the Loggers at the District meet. Nathan Fleck set a new district meet record in the 800 meters at 2:00. Fleck actually ran faster previously this season, going under 2 minutes twice this year, and currently has the fastest 800 time in the state going into the state meet. He is the defending state champion in the event and his goal is to set a new state record; the time to beat is 1:57.78.
Samanatha Lindauer is district champion in the 3K, leading her race from start to finish.
Lane Sullivan is district champ in the long jump after going into the meet ranked fourth in the district.
Meghan Sullivan is district champ in the 100 meter dash. Sullivan and Maina Martin finished 1-2 in the event and both will compete this week at the State meet. According to Logger head coach Byron Brown, Sullivan and Martin just keep getting faster at every track meet.
Other state qualifiers for the Loggers―Drew Cheney who finished 2nd in the Men’s 3K; Dezi Roberts in the girls high jump and triple jump, the girls 4 x 100 relay (Meghan Sullivan, Sammy Lindauer, Dezi Roberts and Maina Martin); and the girls 4×400 relay (Rowan Cheney, Meghan Sullivan, Maina Martin and Samantha Lindauer) who ran a season best at the district meet.
The girls team finsihed a very strong 2nd place overall, outdistancing all other NWL teams, running up 124 points. “This was maybe the best performance by a VHS girls team ever at a district meet,” said head coach Brown. “ They actually led eventually champion Portland Christian 102 to 85 with 5 events left, but as we have no pole vaulters or hurdlers, eventually PC was able to pull away.” The boys were 4th overall with 89 points.
“Almost everyone achieved a season’s best performance at the meet, always one of our main goals,” said Brown. “We got a lot of compliments from the other league coaches and parents about our competitors and the impressive showing of our team. We are building a solid reputation in track, even without the facilities of our competition. The keys to our success is in getting our top athletes to commit to track and getting large numbers of our kids to come out for the team. It allows us to compete in events that we never previously competed in and gives us the depth necessary to be a top team.”