The Warrenton track team is built for big meets. It’s been that way for the past several years – the Warriors may not have as many athletes as some of the private schools in the Portland area, but they’ve got quality.

Last year, Warrenton had athletes finish fifth-place or higher in nine events in the Class 3A state meet, including state championships for Nate Ferrell in the 110-meter hurdles and Emmi Collier in the shot put.

Collier and Ferrell are both competing at the collegiate level now, but the Warriors have more talent ready to step in and score.

Warrenton coach Josh Jannusch knows the depth may not be there to talk district championship, but his team could score big points in the big meets.

“Team-wise, we probably don’t have enough, in terms of numbers,” Jannusch said. “The Rainier boys are really strong, and the Valley Catholic girls are stacked, along with Catlin Gabel.

“We’ll probably place better at state,” he said. “It looks like we match up better at the state level than the district level. We have some pretty strong kids who will do well statewide.

“Derek Luck in the jumps, Jordan Hollaway in the throws, and hopefully we can pick up a few points from Jordan Cain in the javelin, Adam Dugan in the high jump and maybe Curtis Marxer in the sprints. I’m hopeful that we can get a handful of kids to state.”

On the girls’ side, senior Courtney Lofton placed third in the high jump at state last year, and has already equaled her personal best (5-feet-2) in the event this season.

Cain, Hollaway and Luck all competed at state a year ago, with Hollaway taking fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus. He returns for his senior season as one of the top throwers at the 3A level.

Luck is a multitalented athlete who took fifth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump at the 2012 state meet, while Cain finished just out of the scoring in the javelin.

“Going to state” will take on a little more meaning now for athletes at the 3A, 2A and 1A levels.

With the lower level schools holding their state meet at Western Oregon University in the past, all three classes will now compete at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, along with the 4A, 5A and 6A classes. The OSAA state meet will once again be a three-day meet to accommodate all the athletes and schools.

“We always liked going to Western, but Eugene is an extra special atmosphere,” Jannusch said. “Hayward Field is going to be great. Before districts, we watch (the movie) ‘Prefontaine.’ It’s something that we like to do, and to actually be on the same track is going to be really special for a lot of the kids. It will be nice to see the 4A, 5A and 6A compete as well.”

THE ATHLETES

Girls

Katherine Carey, So.

Katrina Diego, Fr.

Kim Dowaliby, Jr.

Megan Halicki, So.

Romana King, Fr.

Jessica Knehr, So.

Courtney Lofton, Sr.

Lexie Lundberg, Fr.

Kimberly Nichols, Sr.

Kylee Schelin, Fr.

Christine Tapales, Fr.

Sophia Thomas, Fr.

Boys

Liam Baker, So.

Kyle Benton, Jr.

Caleb Biel, So.

Nathan Bighill, Fr.

Jesse Blazor, Jr.

Jordan Cain, Sr.

Jesse Calvert, So.

Adam Dugan, Sr.

Trey Eller, Sr.

Riley Goody, So.

Jordan Hollaway, Sr.

Derek Luck, Sr.

Cristian Martinez, Jr.

Curtis Marxer, Jr.

Juan Salcedo, So.

Micah Sivley, Sr.

Shannen Willis, So.

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