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Track and field teams battle at district meets

Santiam Wolverines

The Santiam High track and field squad competes in the Class 2A Special District 2 meet Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at Blanchet Catholic in Salem.

Field events get underway at 2 p.m. Friday, with running events starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday’s second day, field events start at noon and track events at 1 p.m.

The top two finishers in each event advance to the state meet next week at Hayward Field in Eugene. Some third-place finishers also will qualify. 

The Wolverines girls squad took fourth at last year’s district meet, while the boys finished eighth. Top returners include Emma Longfellow, Averie Peterson, Ellie Lindemann, Parker Hanna and Gage Twede. 

Longfellow won the girls discus and the shot put, while Peterson captured the 800 and was third in the 400. Lindemman was second in the pole vault. Twede won the boys 400, while Hanna was third in the pole vault.

“I am very optimistic about our defending champions and hoping to get a few new ones to state this year also,” Santiam coach Amber Tinney told The Canyon Weekly.

Scio Loggers

Scio, meanwhile, hosted the Class 3A Special District 3 meet at Newcomb Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday after The Canyon Weekly’s press time. 

Top competitors for the host Loggers include hurdler Jaden Franklin, hurdler and pole vaulter Levi Forson, hurdler Emily Zamudio and distance runner Athena Lau. The top two finishes and some third-place athletes advance to next weekend’s Class 3A meet in Eugene.

Softball: Santiam is in the thick of the playoff hunt in Special District 2 as the regular season comes to a close. 

The Wolverines were 12-6 in district play and 13-9 overall heading into a doubleheader vs. Monroe after The Canyon Weekly’s press time. Monroe was third at 13-5, with Culver lurking behind Santiam in fifth at 12-7. 

Kennedy (19-0) and Blanchet (17-2) already have clinched the first two of the four automatic playoff berths for the district, with two at-large berths available in the 22-team bracket. 

Scio, meanwhile, took a 20-1 record into Thursday’s matchup with Class 2A power Kennedy. The Loggers tied with Yamhill-Carlton for the Special District 2 title with identical 13-1 records. Scio is ranked No.1 in Class 3A and Y-C is No. 2. 

The Loggers will host a playoff game on May 22 against a team yet to be determined.

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