SCAPPOOSE The Astoria and Seaside track teams both came up short in the team standings, but the Fishermen and Gulls will each send a handful of athletes to the Class 4A state meet, later this week in Eugene.
Not only that, but Astoria and Seaside will both have a few state title contenders in the mix at Historic Hayward Field.
Topping that list will be Seaside junior Brett Willyard, who dominated the distance race events in last weeks Cowapa League Championship Meet, held Thursday and Friday at Scappoose High School.
The Gulls junior runner won both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races in the league meet, helping Seaside to a second-place team finish.
Scappoose won the boys team title with 165.5 points, followed by Seaside (130) and Astoria (119).
Banks won the girls first-place trophy, racking up 150 points to edge Yamhill-Carlton (149.5) and Scappoose (143.5). Seaside was fourth (105), and Astoria fifth (73)
Willyard was responsible for a good portion of Seasides points. He won the 3,000 Thursday, then returned Friday to win the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 6.49 seconds.
He enters the state meet as the favorite to win the 1,500 with the top-seeded time, and he has the second-fastest 3,000 behind Matthew Campbell of Siuslaw.
Seaside teammate Conner Smith qualified in a pair of events, winning the pole vault with a clearance of 11-feet, 6 inches, and added a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (16.49).
Other Gulls headed for Hayward include Mitch Stocker, who won the shot put with a toss of 48-5; Lucas Clark was runner-up in the discus (145-8); and Joshua Wills was a close second in the long jump (20-5).
Astoria will send several state qualifiers to Eugene, including Nick Birge, who placed second in the 300-meter hurdles (42.85); junior Levi Iverson was second behind Stocker in the shot put (44-81/2); junior Matthew Schauermann cleared 6-0 for second in the high jump; and senior Dylan Crownover took second in the triple jump, but will still be a state title contender after his jump of 40-31/4.
The foursome of Caleb Beatty, Brandon Winters, Andy McClean and Wyatt Wullger finished second in the 1,600-meter relay, in 3:29.74, just behind Scappoose (3:29.03).
The Gulls added more winners and state qualifiers on the girls side.
Freshman Allison Kilday will be the dominant hurdles runner in the Cowapa League for the next three years, as she won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.38, and took the 300 hurdles in 47.75.
Lady Gulls freshman Charlotte Blakesley began the meet by winning the 3,000 Thursday, then took second in the 1,500 Friday (5:00.01) to qualify.
Seaside freshman Kelly Willyard was second in the 200 meters (27.57).
Kilday, Kaitlin Lewis, Taylor Davis and Kelly Willyard teamed up for a second place finish in the 400 relay (51.78), as Yamhill-Carlton (51.33) edged the Gulls at the tape.
The Astoria girls had two state qualifiers in three events, as senior Katie Leino won the long jump, soaring 16-0 1/4, and placed second in the 100 meters (13.52).
Senior Brittanie Sarin continued the tradition of Astoria throwers at state, qualifying after finishing second in the discus (110-3).