TIGARD — The Westside Christian High School track and field teams, with some strong returnees and promising newcomers, boast some high hopes going into the 2017 season.
The Westside Christian girls return some Class 3A state meet placers from last year's squad that took second place in the team standings at the West Valley League district championships.
Among those returnees is senior Emily Curtis. Last year, Curtis claimed a state championship in the 800-meter run, with her time of 2 minutes, 21.71 at the 3A state meet. Curtis also placed second in the 400 at the state meet with a mark of 1:00.33. She is the defending West Valley League district champion in both of those events.
The Eagles also return another state-meet placer in senior Lilie de la Motte. Last year, de la Motte ran to fourth place in the 100 high hurdles at state in 16.89.
Curtis and de la Motte are joined by senior Lydia Povolny. The three were part of the Westside Christian 4 x 100 relay team that won a district title and went on to place seventh at state. Last year, Povolny also was third in the 400 and fourth in the 200 at the WVL district meet.
The Westside Christian girls will also have sophomore Eva Lammers and freshman Lizzy Lea in the javelin, sophomore Gabriela Sears in the high jump, junior Laura Staropoli in the sprints, senior Lizzy Stefan in the long and triple jumps and senior first-year competitor Annalise Lau in the middle distances.
The Westside Christian boys, who took third place in the team standings at last year's district meet, will boasted by five returning seniors, who could do the bulk of the team's scoring at the district and state meets.
Spencer Hopkins is back for the Eagles after placing second in the pole vault at state last year with a height of 13 feet, 6.25 inches.
Jonathan Palau is back after placing fifth at state in the 400, at 52.36, and seventh in the 800, at 2:03.82. Jacob Bloomfeldt was sixth in the 200 at state last year, with a mark of 23.91, and he sprinted to seventh in the 100 at 11.62.
Palau, Jacob Wood and Ruben Vila also return from the Eagles' 4 x 400 team, which ran to second place at last year's state meet.
Joining the veterans on the boys team will be senior Nathan Andrews who placed fifth at the district meet in the 300 hurdles as a first year competitor in 2016.
The Eagles will also have sophomore Leon Liang in the sprints and long jump, sophomore Jack de la Motte in the 400 and 800, senior BeiKai Nan and sophomore Grant Gardner in the sprints and freshman Davis Raz and Kellen Peterson in the distance events.
The Westside Christian teams were scheduled to open their season Wednesday with a meet at Valley Catholic. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.
The Eagles will be back in action next Thursday, when they compete at the West Valley League ice-breaker meet to be held at Amity High School. Field events start at 3:30 p.m., with running events beginning at 4 p.m.