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Young track teams looking to develop

A handful of standouts and a big freshman class highlight this years squads


by: JON HOUSE - Isabella Reichner returns as one of West Linn's top sprinters this year. Reichner was part of last year's 4x400 relay team which broke the school record and finished fifth at the state meet. The West Linn track team is loaded with freshmen and sophomores again this year and coach Joe Cerny hopes that the team can develop some stand-outs as the season progresses.

“We're very green but there are a lot of encouraging things in the program,” Cerny said.

The boys team has some potential this year and is strong in the majority of events. The distance crew has perhaps the best chance to make an impact at districts and state.

Roman and Grayson Ollar will run the 1500 and 3000 and the 800 on occasion this year and are among the top runners in the state.

Gavin Anderson is also expected to make a big impact for the Lions this year in the shot put and the discus.

He just missed out on a trip to state last year by the slimmest of margins.

Freshman Elijah Molden has been impressive early on as the team's top sprinter and Troy Carver is a strong returner in the jumps.

Tristan Stallcup also returns with experience in both hurdles events where he will look to make an impact in the TRL.

West Linn's girls team is loaded with youth after graduating some strong and record-breaking seniors.

Two solid sprinters are returning in Julianna Guthner and Isabella Reichner, both of whom were a part of the school-record breaking 4x400 relay team last year that took fifth in the state.

They should be among the top sprinters in the league this year and will help make up strong relay teams again.

Johanna Briscoe is also coming off a very strong freshman cross-country season and will be very competitive in the distance events.

West Linn has depth, with more than 100 athletes out for track this year and a the team hopes a few of its younger individuals will break out as the season progresses.

“That's kind of been our M.O. recently. Hopefully some of these younger kids will stay with us all four years and develop,” Cerny said.

The Lions had their first league meet of the season Wednesday against Clackamas and Canby.




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