This year's Meet of Champions, held at Willamette University in Salem on Saturday, showcased some of the best track and field athletes the state has to offer. Hosted by Cascade High School, the track meet had 3A and some 2A schools from around the state. In all, athletes from 43 different schools participated in the event.
The north coast was very well represented as Astoria's Laura Bobek won both the shot-put and the discus event. Seaside athletes also did very well, as freshman Ashley Mayfield won a second place finish in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:52.38, breaking a school record in the process. She also came in third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:27.22.
For the boys, Dennis Olstedt won second place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.01, and third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.42. Seaside also took second in the 1600 meter relay and fourth in the 400 meter relay.
For Mayfield, who has three more years of high school track to look forward to, the possibilities of her success are limitless. If she keeps training well, Seaside should look for a state championship from her in the near future.
The next track meet for Seaside is a four-way meet at Seaside High School on Thursday, May 4. The Gulls will be competing against Astoria, Rainier and Scappoose.