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Hawks stay strong at Dayton


Brian Satterwhite keeps making big throws for Horizon

by: DAN BROOD - POWER TOSS -- Horizon Christian senior Brian Satterwhite gets ready to let the shot put fly in last week's meet at Dayton. DAYTON — Brian Satterwhite started his high school track and field career just last year, as a Horizon Christian junior.

Looking back, Satterwhite says he wished he would have done things a little differently.

“I regret not doing it my first two years,” Satterwhite said. “But I love it.”

And he certainly seems to be making up for lost time. Satterwhile, now a senior at Horizon, is enjoying a banner year in the throwing events. He continued that last week, winning the shot put event at a five-team West Valley League meet held at Dayton High.

“I felt I did well,” he said. “And I’m having a lot of fun.”

With his victory in the shot put, Satterwhite helped the Horizon Christian boys take second place in the team standings at the meet with 86.5 points. Westside Christian claimed the top spot with a score of 115.25.

“We’re doing really well,” Satterwhite said of the Horizon Christian team. “We’ve got a smaller team than we’ve had in the past, but people are working hard. For a small school, we’re able to compete, and it’s nice to see that. I’m proud of everyone.”

And Satterwhite sure seems to be doing his part for the Hawks.

At last week’s meet in Dayton, he took first place in the shot put with a mark of 45 feet, 3 inches, which he got on his first attempt in the competition.

by: DAN BROOD - TWO-TIME WINNER -- Horizon Christian's Hannah Cesario won both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs in last week's meet at Dayton.“My first throw was my best,” he said.

Speaking of his best, Satterwhite’s best mark in the shot put this season is 46-5.75, which he set April 12 at the Willamette Falls Invitational. That mark not only is a new Horizon Christian school record, but it also ranks as the top throw in the West Valley League so far this season.

“Shot put is my main thing,” said Satterwhite, who also has been a standout football player for Horizon Christian. “I used to just use my upper body. Now, I’m working hard to get my hip in there, too.”

While looking to keep improving throughout the season, Satterwhite insists that he’s not looking too far ahead.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I’m just going to do whatever I can and focus on what I’m doing.”

Also at last week’s meet at Dayton, Satterwhite took third place in the javelin with a throw of 139-0 and he was third in the discus with a toss of 90-6.

The Hawks had some other strong performances at the meet.

Senior Blake Phillips triumphed in the 110-meter high hurdles with a mark of 17.23 seconds. He also placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 44.80 and he cleared 5-4 to take second place in the high jump.

Sophomore Sandis Chhay took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 36-1.75. He also sprinted to second place in the 400 in 56.42.

Junior Austin Forrester claimed the top spot in the javelin with a throw of 147-11.

The Hawks also got a second-place finish from their 4 x 100 relay team of Mitchell Iliyn, Luke Auxier, Gabe Nielsen and Matthew Leong.

The Horizon Christian girls finished in fourth place in the team standings at the meet with a score of 36.33.

Horizon Christian junior Hannah Cesario continued her strong season with a pair of individual victories. She had a winning time of 2:33.82 in the 800 and she triumphed in the 1,500 with a mark of 5:13.46.

“Props to Hannah,” Satterwhite said. “She’s been working real hard.”

Also for the Horizon Christian girls, junior Grace Phillips took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 30-11.

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Horizon Christian senior Blake Phillips is on his way to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles.Junior Sarah Loomis took third place in the javelin with a throw of 80-6. Sophomore Abriana Wedin was third in the discus at 96-3 and she also took third place in the shot put with a mark of 26-6.

The Horizon Christian teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they compete in a four-team West Valley League meet at Dayton.