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Hawks are set to soar on the track


The Horizon teams look to have both talent and potential

TUALATIN — The Horizon Christian track and field teams seem to have a lot going their way in the 2014 season.

The Hawks look to have strong veterans along with some promising newcomers as well as a developing tradition.

The Horizon Christian girls could be relying on youth this season.

“It's a very young, but talented team,” Horizon Christian coach Scott Olson said.

The Hawks will be led by junior distance runner Hannah Cesario.

Last year, Cesario claimed the championship in the 1,500-meter run at the West Valley League district meet with a time of 5 minutes, 24.15 seconds. She also took second place in the 3,000 at the district event.

Cesario went on to run to fifth place in the 1,500 and eighth in the 3,000 at the Class 3A state championships.by: DAN BROOD - BACK AND RUNNING STRONG -- Hannah Cesario, shown here in a meet from the 2013 season, is back for the Hawks this year.

Junior Grace Phillips should lead the way for the Hawks in the jumping events. She was fourth in the triple jump at the district meet last year, while placing sixth in both the long jump and the triple jump.

Junior Sarah Loomis should be strong in both the long jump and the javelin events.

Sophomore Abriana Wedin could lead the way in the discus and shot put.

The Horizon Christian boys look to have some key returnees back from last year's squad that finished second to Westside Christian in the team standings at the district meet.

“We have some good veteran leaders backed up by solid underclassmen,” Olson said.

Seniors Blake Phillips, Gabe Nielsen, Brian Satterwhite and Mitchell Iliyn will help lead the way for the Hawks.

Phillips will be competing in the hurdles events. He was fourth in the 110 high hurdles at last year's district meet.

Nielsen will be running in the sprints and the hurdles. He placed sixth in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles at district last year.

Satterwhite will lead the way in the throwing events. He had a third-place toss in the shot put at district last year while also placing fifth in the javelin.

Iliyn is part of the Hawks' deep group of sprinters, which also includes sophomores Matthew Leong and Sandis Chhay, who each will also compete in the jumps.

Other key competitors for the Horizon Christian boys include junior Austin Forrester in the javelin, Luke Auxier in the relays, freshmen Alex Olson and Zach Stetzel in the distance runs and David Shelby, Jack Shelby and Josh Spears in the throws.

“We should be able to compete for a top spot in league,” Olson said. “As always, Westside will be a strong candidate to win both the boys and girls titles.”

The Horizon Christian boys showed right away that they also are a strong candidate for the West Valley League crown, as they took first place in the WVL icebreaker meet held March 20 at Dayton.

The Hawks also had some strong performances at the Sandy Invitational, held Saturday at Sandy High School.

For the Horizon Christian girls, Cesario ran to sixth place in the 1,500 in a time of 5:20.15. Wedin took seventh place in the discus with a throw if 86 feet, 1 inch.

For the Horizon Christian boys, the team of Auxier, Nielsen, Leong and Iliyn ran to fifth place in the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 47.05. Satterwhite took sixth place in the shot put with a throw of 43-6.5 and Forrester was sixth in the javelin with his mark of 148-3.

The Horizon Christian teams will be back in action Saturday when they compete at the Willamette Falls Invitational, which starts at 10 a.m. at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City.