Don Anderson

Both the girls and boys teams placed a strong third place at the district track meet on Friday, May 15. Even though they were missing some key athletes to injuries, the Gulls had some impressive results. At a nearly perfect track at Pacific University in Forest Grove, the Gulls scored first place in the girls 800 meter and 1500 meter run (Ashley Mayfield), the boys 300 meter hurdles (Ben Wittman), the boys high jump and long jump (Elryyc Berkman), the boys triple jump (Justin Laird), and the girls 4x400 relay (Taylor Davis, Riley Tadei, Linsey Johnson, Elaine Kloss).

According to head coach Jeff Kilday, the Gulls will be bringing 13 athletes to the state track meet in Eugene on Friday, May 22 and Saturday May 23. Other significant results at the district meet were two second-place finishes for Jamie Osburn in the girls long jump and triple jump, as well as a second place for Jackson Meyer in the boys triple jump and a third place for him in the long jump.

Kai Davidson had a second place finish in the girls high jump, while Justin Laird came in second in the javelin and Elrycc Berkman came in third in the same event. Seaside had a strong fourth place in the shot put by Kelvin Tinoco, despite senior Kye McCord coming off an injury and scratching the event. Ben Wittman also won second place in the 110-meter hurdles, and Cole Willyard had an excellent second place finish in the boys 1500 meter run. Cory Rice had a third place finish in the boys 800 meter run, and Linsey Johnson and Taylor Davis had second and third place finishes in the girls 800 meter event. Riley Tadei came in third in the girls 400 meter run.

If they are healthy, rested and confident, the Gulls should have a good showing at the state track meet. Mayfield is a favorite in the 800 meter and 1500 meter events and looks to place in the top three.

For complete results of the district meets, including the times, distances and places, see www.athletic.net.

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