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Santiam’s Peterson set for 3 events at state track

Santiam junior Averie Peterson will be looking to add to her collection of state meet hardware when she returns to Hayward Field in Eugene for the Class 2A state track and field championships.

The meet runs May 16  – 17 at the glittering University of Oregon facility. Today field events commence at 3 p.m., with running events at 4:20 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $9 for students (age 5-18) and are available at www.osaa.org/shop/tickets. The OSAA strongly encourages digital ticketing and only limited tickets will be available on site. 

Averie Peterson
Averie Peterson

Peterson, who placed in two events as a freshman and four a year ago, will compete in three events, the 1,500, the triple jump, and her specialty, the 800. For those looking to track Peterson’s progress, the triple jump final is Friday at 3 p.m., the 1,500 final is at 5:25 p.m. and the 800 final is 7:29 p.m. 

Peterson took second in the 800 as a freshman and won the event a year ago.

Peterson won the 800, and took second in the 1,500 and the triple jump at the May 10-11 Special District 2 championships at Blanchet Catholic in Salem. She was named girls track and field athlete of the year by district coaches. Peterson also participated in the long jump at districts, but was a bit rusty after not competing in the event since April 20 because of an ankle injury and took sixth.

Also competing at state for Santiam will be sophomore thrower Colt Twede, who took fourth in the shot put with a mark of 41-11. 

“He’s been struggling with knee and shoulder problems so we were happy he was able to compete and do as well as he did,” coach Brenda Peterson said. “He will be a great asset to our team in the following years.”

Peterson noted other strong performances from the Wolverines. Esai Romero was sixth in javelin and 11th in the 200, setting personal bests in both events. Reese Longfellow placed eighth in discus, ninth in javelin, 12th in triple jump, and 14th in long jump.

Maggie Sisk placed eighth in the 3,000, eighth in pole vault, ninth in the 300 hurdles, and 12th in the 1,500. Evan Breen was 11th in the 400 and set a PR, as did Marcus Mitchell (15th, shot put) and Jerry Carson (long jump and discus).

Scio Loggers

Scio, meanwhile, competed in the Class 3A Special District championships May 10-11 at Amity. The Loggers advanced Maddy Bockleman to state in the long jump after she finished second with a leap of 15.0.5. Top district finishers among the boys included Jack Forson (third in pole vault) and Syrus Diaz (fourth in the 1,500) and Emily Zamudio (fourth in 300 hurdles). Bockleman also was fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the 400.

SOFTBALL: Scio is headed back to the Class 3A softball playoffs with some fierce momentum. The Loggers, runners-up to Burns/Crane a year ago, are 24-1 overall, ranked first in 3A and finished a perfect 15-0 in Special District 2. They have not lost since a March 29 4-2 defeat at the hands of Class 2A-1A power Grant Union/Prairie City. 

In the past week Scio has posted a pair of high-profile wins against ranked regional rivals. First, on May 10, the Loggers edged host Cascade, No. 8 in Class 4A, 1-0 in a game in which both pitchers, Myleigh Cooper of Scio and Jari Stegman of the Cougars, struck out 15 batters. Then, on May 13, the Loggers traveled to Class 4A Stayton and downed the No. 1 0 Eagles 8-3. 

Scio concludes its non-league playoff tuneups with a game after The Canyon Weekly deadline against Class 4A No. 5 Marshfield on May 16. The game was being played at a neutral site at Siuslaw High in Florence.

Scio is set to host a second-round Class 3A playoff game May 22 against a team to be determined by a round-one game May 20 between the No. 16 and No. 17 seeds. The bracket will come out May 16. 

EQUESTRIAN: Scio standouts Dylan Cate and Lyndi Wolfenbarger led the Loggers to an eighth-place finish May 9-12 in the small team division of the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams state championships at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.

Scio finished with 48 team points. Cate and Wolfenbarger both accounted for 47 points on the high point team contributor standings to tie for eighth among all participants.

Cate also finished second in the high point individual rankings with 39, trailing only the 49 of Lily Zuber of Oregon City.

In individual events Cate took third in keyhole, eight in individual flags, 12th in steer daubing, 16th in figure 8 and 20th in barrels. Wolfenbarger was 20th in reining.

In two-person events Wolfenbarger and Cate combined to take 19th in two-man birangle and 27th in team sorting. In four-rider events Scio’s Wolfenbarger, Cate, Jada Franken and Kody Shockey of Stayton were 18th in the Canadian flags race and the team of Wolfenbarger, Cate, Phoenix Reents of Scio and Stayton’s Shockey also participated in the team versatility competition.

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