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Pair of Colton Vikings qualify for state track and field meet

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Rasor, McCoy will represent Colton this weekend at 3A state meet at Hayward Field

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS  - Colton junior Evan Rasor prepares to take off from his block in the 200 meter preliminary race last weekend at the PacWest district track meet at Scio High School. Rasor qualified for state in the 100, 200, and 400 meter races.

Two athletes from Colton High School have qualified for the OSAA Class 3A state meet this weekend at Hayward Field.

Junior Evan Rasor and senior Rachel McCoy are the lone pair of Vikings that finished either first or second in their events at the PacWest district meet at Scio High School last weekend and will represent their school May 19-20 at the University of Oregon.

Rasor qualified in all three of his individual events as he took two gold medals and one silver Saturday. Rasor narrowly edged out Chemawa's Ismael Milo Loya in the 100 meter dash as he clocked an 11.74, beating Loya by .06 seconds to take the top of the podium.

Rasor also took first in the 400 meters as he recorded a time of 51.59 seconds, beating Scio's Trey Reed by nearly a full second.

In the 200 meter dash, Rasor took second by .11 seconds behind Salem Academy's Wilson McLean as Rasor clocked a 23.47 in the finals.

Last season, Rasor took third in the 100, fourth in the 200, and second in the 400 at the state meet. However, he was behind former teammate Malik Knott in the 100 and 200, so Rasor will have the opportunity to move up in his events.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Colton senior Rachel McCoy after winning the 300m intermediate hurdles at a track meet at Colton High School earlier this season. McCoy qualified for state in the 100 meter high hurdles andthe 300 meter intermedia hurdles.

McCoy took home a gold medal in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles as she clocked a time of 52.59 seconds. Nearly 1.5 seconds fast than Blanchet Catholic's Sophia Heyman in second place.

McCoy took home silver in the 100 meter high hurdles with a time of 17.94 seconds, just behind Trinity Phipps of Blanchet Catholic who clocked a 17.17.

This will be McCoy's first trip to the state meet as she'll look to place among the top athletes in the state.

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For meet details and event times, visit osaa.org


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