All hail Lincoln County track

Leo Johns

There is a poignant expression that states, “Dumb men make simple things complicated and brilliant men make complicated things simple.”

That can’t be truer for the world of sport. Most sports are so dynamic, intricate and often convoluted, it takes a savvy eye just to keep up with what’s going on mid-play. Again, here lies the beauty of track and field. You run (sprint, hurdle, distance), jump (vertical or horizontal), throw (javelin, hammer, shot and discus), and relays (4×1, 4×4, etc.). Its self-explanatory and it doesn’t necessarily demand expensive equipment or accouterments to participate. It is truly a great high school sport, personified.

This is why high school track and field participation is the quintessential athletic endeavor for our Lincoln County kids; it caters to all body types, personalities, and dormant athletic potentials.

The five components of survival in track and field are strength, speed, flexibility, coordination and endurance. This creates an opportunity for our local high school student-athletes to become truly multi-dimensional.

The Newport Cubs just completed their 2019 season. The boys team won the 4-A OSAA State Championship while the girls’ team was heavily loaded with sophomores and freshmen. Team awards were handed out June 1 by Head Coach Kurt Hargett. Tanner Stottlemyre (100M, 200M, Javelin) was the high point scorer for men while Halle Hargett (Shot Put, Javelin, Discus) paced the girls.

The most valuable Cubs were elected by the team, with Leo Johns (1500M, 3000M) taking the male honors while Izabella McLane (110 HH, 300IH) paced the girls.

The most valuable field awards went to Max Moore (Discus, Shot Put) and Halle Hargett (Discus, Javelin and Shot Put). Kai Daniels (110HH, 300IH) and freshman Ari Gomez (sprints and jumps) were only a pace behind in scoring honors while the “most improved” Cubs for the season honored David Liulamaga (Thrower), Quintin Travis (Jumper), Natalie Jajieh (sprints and jumps) and Aliya Larsen.

So much for those who have excelled this spring. Now for the majority of our kids running, jumping, and throwing as Cubs, Tigers, Warriors, Boomers and Eagles for only the first or second time.

Most often they were lost in scoring team points. It’s not that they didn’t try as hard as they could, they just did not yet know the fine tuning that it takes to place in the top three all the time. None of them quit and will return in the spring for more running, jumping and throwing. These younger kids for the Cubs led the field in the Oregon West Conference JV Meet. Throughout the county these novice tracksters were scarce in scoring but winners in character. It’s nice to see so many kids having fun and sharing companionship at the meets. Everyone participated and all of these Cubs shared in the State Championship.

Equal congratulations to Taft High School under former Cub great and first-year coach Sam Moore, daughter of Shellie and Mark Moore.

Several of her Tigers placed in the 3-A State competition. (JJ French pole vaulted 12’ 9” for a 2nd place finish, Elin Fitch triple-jumped 38.75 for 6th, Ella Knott threw the javelin 119-7 for 5th and Mad Scott threw the javelin 152’ for 8th. The 4x4 sprint relay team of Kaden Wright, David Jin, William Calderon and Meto-Perez-Brayan posted a fast 45.1).

The Toledo Boomers also competed at Western Oregon University in the 2-A State meet. The oval was filled this past Spring throughout Lincoln County. In 1-A competitions, The Siletz Warriors had two point-scoring throwers (Isaac Hansen, 3rd, state discus and Travis Roper, 3rd, district javelin). Alongside in a combined team, the Eddyville Eagles fielded sprinter and jumper Keagan Spikes who PR’d in the 100M at District sprinting, 11.1, and sailed to the District Championship Triple Jump crown hop-step-and-jumping 43.1. 

All in all, an outstanding spring for all of our county kids.   

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