It was a successful final weeks of the season for the local middle school track and field teams.
For the middle schools of both Lincoln and North Douglas, the teams put together strong district meets and sent athletes to the state middle school meet.
At the May 15 Willamette Valley Youth League district meet, the Lincoln boys finished first as a team while the girls took third at the varsity level.
The boys had first place finishes from Jaden Owens in the 3000 and javelin; Tyler Russell in the 100 and 200 hurdles; Brennen Murphy in high jump and long jump; Curtis Tucker in shot put; Myles Crandall in the 800 and the 4x100 relay team of Chase Cordin, Murphy, Russell and Owens. Blakely Herbert won the 100 hurdles on the girls’ side.
At the middle school state meet in Corvallis on Thursday May 23, Tucker went on to win the shot put state title with a throw of 45-11.50 feet. Russell took third in the hurdles in a time of 14.57.
Down the road, the North Douglas Middle School team also found success. In the Little Fir League District Meet on May 8, the team had a number of first place finishes. For the boys, it was Logan Gant in the 800 and 1500; Trenton Rabuk in shot put; Ray Gerrard in discus and Cade Olds in javelin. For the girls, the team had first place finishes from Savannah Harkins in discus and javelin; Tabitha Baker in the 200; Jaylyn Hulsey in shot put and the 4x100 relay team of Brooke McHaffie, Mia Piscopo, Gracie Parks and Baker.
Also at the meet, Elkton’s Rylee Williamson won the 800 and triple jump while teammate Siena Fluitt took first in long jump.
At the state meet, Gerrard won the discus state title with a throw of 133-09 feet. Rabuck took fourth in shot put while Harkins was seventh in discus.