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Evan Rasor, Hunter Poet, Rachel McCoy to be strong contributors for Vikings this season

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton junior Evan Rasor rockets out of his block in the 100 Meter spring during the Kennedy Icebreaker track meet on Wednesday. Rasor took second in the event by less than .20 seconds.

Colton didn't look too rusty in their first meet of the season at Kennedy High School on Wednesday as they took home a third-place team finish along with a couple first-place individual performances.

Among Colton was Jefferson, Gervais, and Kennedy; Jefferson took first on the boys' side while Kennedy took first for the girls. The two swapped places for second place among boys and girls and Colton took third for both the boys' and girls' teams.

It was a cold and rainy day for the meet with temperatures coming in at the mid-40s and a constant drizzle making it difficult for the competitors to perform to their fullest capabilities.

On the boys' side, junior Evan Rasor stood out with strong performances in his three events; he took first in the 200 Meter and 400 Meter with times of 23.82 and 54.66, respectively. He grabbed second in the 100 Meter with a time of 11.26. Rasor ran a 23.37 in the 200 Meter finals at districts last season to win second place behind teammate Malik Knott, and a 52.04 in the 400 Meter finals to take first.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton freshman Wyatt Earls competes in the Long Jump during the Kennedy Icebreaker track meet on Wednesday. He finished sixth in the event.

Freshman Wyatt Earls also had a great day as he competed in four events; he took fourth in the 100 Meter, second in the 200 Meter behind Rasor, third in the high jump and sixth in the long jump. He was by far one of the best freshmen at the meet.

Senior Hunter Poet also gave a solid performance as he grabbed first in the Discus with a personal best distance of 106-05 – nearly 16 feet more than the second-place finisher. Poet finished seventh in districts last season as he threw a 103-01. He also grabbed second in the Shot Put with a throw of 35-07.00, another personal record. He finished third in the Javelin with a throw of 120-02.50, about three feet less than his toss at districts last season where he grabbed fourth place.

On the girls' side, Colton had some strong showings from a few freshmen, including Hailey Brewster whom has never participated in track before; she took second in the 200 Meter with a time of 35.66. Willow Boyer grabbed third in the 100 with a time of 15.56, and Mya Fulmer took second in the 400 Meter, clocking a 1:11.02.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton freshman Willow Boyer sprints out of her block as the lead runner in the 4 x 100 Relayduring the Kennedy Icebreaker track meet on Wednesday. Colton took third in the event with a time of 1:01.29.

Senior Rachel McCoy took first in the 100 Meter Hurdles over two other runners with a time of 18.17, but she got sick and didn't compete in the 300 Meter Hurdles, according to head coach Teresa Adams. McCoy also took second in the long jump at 14-11.5, a personal record for her. Adams said they're going to see what her advantages are and how the other competitors in the PacWest stack up to determine which events McCoy should make a priority for her best shot to place well.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton sophomore Sydney Poet runs up to throw the Javelin during the Kennedy Icebreaker track meet on Wednesday. Poet took third in the event as she threw a 77-01.

Senior Abby Syvinski, sophomore Sidney Poet, and senior Haley McCoy took fifth, sixth, and seventh in the Shot Put, respectively, while Haley McCoy grabbed third in the Discus with a throw of 65-08 and Sidney Poet took third in the Javelin with a throw of 77-01.

After the meet, Adams said she was pleased with the team's performance since they had only a few practices under their belt and they were still shaking off some dust.

"Some of the kids hadn't even attempted some of the events they did, but they did well so I was excited for them," Adams said. "We've got some freshmen that I'm excited about as well."

Adams said she expects Rasor and Hunter Poet to be big scorers for the Viks; Rasor also plays baseball as his primary spring sport, but he practices with the track team once or twice a week and does some workouts on his own.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton freshman Mya Fulmer competes in the High Jump during the Kennedy Icebreaker track meet on Wednesday. She took T-fourth in the event as she completed 4-00.

"Looking to this next week I'm going to be even more excited to see; the kids have one meet under their belts now so hopefully some of the nerves will calm down," Adams said. "They'll be a little more comfortable coming into this next week and they know what to expect."

The Viks will participate in the Midvalley Matchup at Heckard Field in Molalla on March 23 at 3:30 p.m.


Conner Williams
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