The Astoria Fishermen have sent their fair share of star athletes to Pac-12 schools — and they will add another Wednesday morning, when senior Darian Hageman will officially sign a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Oregon State University.
With one more season of high school track still to come, Hageman’s athletic resume is already filled with numerous school records and individual state titles, in addition to her role in helping the Astoria girls track team win the last three 4A state titles.
Most families in Oregon show their allegiance to either the Ducks or the Beavers. The Hageman home is for the Beavers — which was the final tipping point choosing a college.
“I just know that from the time I was little, I grew up in a Beavers’ household,” Hageman said. “And just from my visit there, I had a good vibe about Oregon State. I felt like I would be a good fit, and it’s a place where I could grow with the team.
“I made a visit to Seattle-Pacific, and went to a UW (University of Washington) track camp in the summer, but I think I knew all along I’d be going to OSU.
“It’s not far from home so I can come back and visit, and my family can watch me compete.”
Hageman’s former Astoria teammate, Kaylee Mitchell — now competing in cross country and track at Sprague High School — signed last week to attend Seattle-Pacific University.
Oregon State went for years without a women’s track and field program, before adding the sport three years ago.
“That was another factor,” Hageman said. “Instead of going to a school with a super-established track program, I wanted to go to a place where I could help the program grow.”
Head track and field coach Louie Quintana and assistant coach Pete Herber are both recent hires at Oregon State.
“I like the coaches — they’re both super-good coaches,” said Hageman, who competes in the triple jump, high jump and long jump at Astoria. She will likely compete in the triple jump and high jump for the Beavers, and possibly the heptathlon.
Hageman joins a select group of Astoria High School athletes who have gone on to compete in the Pac-12 in recent years, a list that includes Laura Bobek (Oregon track), Abby Chesimet (OSU track and cross country), Jamie Coggins (OSU rowing), Charlene Harber (University of Arizona track), Conor Harber (Oregon baseball), Max Johnson (OSU football), Dane Lund (OSU baseball), Jordan Poyer (OSU baseball and football) and Nick Strange (Washington State baseball).