What’s the plan for Seaside track this year? Simple. “I have high expectations,” answered head coach Jeff Kilday, when talking about the 2013 season.

And that’s perfectly understandable.

With his top athlete having already signed a letter-of-intent to run at the University of Oregon, and with a girls’ team loaded with young talent … the Gulls are filled with lofty goals and high expectations.

“We have a very large boys’ team,” Kilday said. “And some of the boys that we have – obviously Lucas Clark and Brett Willyard – will do well. They’re ranked No. 1 in the state. If we can keep that going and put some other kids around them …”

Who knows?

The Gulls are certainly allowed to talk more state championships for Willyard, the defending state champion in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races.

He will be a favorite to win more medals at his future home track (Hayward Field) later this spring, although Willyard may be entered in a different event or two.

“I definitely want to get a better 800 time, since that’s sort of turned into my main event this year,” Willyard said recently. “My freshman and sophomore year I did the 800 at state and got second both times. I still want to get first in the 800, so I’ll probably go for the 800 and the 3K at state.”

Willyard is no doubt a special athlete, who owns most of the school’s distance records on the track.

“Brett’s program is a little bit more stepped up than the other kids,” Kilday said. “We met with the U of O coaches, and they just told him to do his own program. I think we’re still looking for him to do the 1,500 and 3,000 at state. We’re actually working on his 400 time – he’s trying to break the school record there. I think he will.”

Elsewhere, Clark has the top Cowapa League mark in the discus (126 feet, 8 inches).

Kilday adds, “Calvin (Pollard) is a great freshman coming in. Taylor Barnes is another. Andrew Owens has been working for three years, and it’s paying off. This might be his year.”

Teamwise, “the boys have a good chance at district, because we have so many,” Kilday said. “The girls might do better at state, because we have the whole group back.

“We have a sneaker in there who played volleyball and basketball, senior Danielle Fitts, who threw 35 feet in the shot put (at The Daily Astorian Invitational). I don’t think anybody else knew she was out there.”

Meanwhile, it’s the sophomore class that holds so much promise.

“It’s a ‘fab sophomore’ group,” Kilday said, “with Danielle and Kelly Willyard, Charlotte Blakesley and Allison Kilday.”

In last year’s district meet, Blakesley won the 3,000 and took second in the 1,500; Kilday dominated the hurdles, winning both the 100- and 300-meter events; Kelly Willyard was second in the 200 meters and third in the 100 meters; and Danielle Willyard was fourth in the 300 hurdles.

Kilday and Kelly Willyard both ran on the 400-meter relay (second) and Kilday, Kelly Willyard and Blakesley teamed with Kaitlin Lewis for third in the 1,600 relay. Lewis is out this spring following ACL surgery.

If the sophomores score big at state, the Gulls could be returning from Eugene with lots of hardware.

Of the Cowapa League, coach Kilday said, “Scappoose has a very strong team. There’s still some girls from Yamhill-Carlton that will make them a very strong team. Astoria always has a strong boys’ team. Our goal is to peak as we get to districts and state.”

THE ATHLETES

Girls

Charlotte Blakesley, So.

Tennaya Carr, So.

Rebekah Cave, Jr.

Jordan Cleary, Fr.

Taylor Dintleman, Sr.

Danielle Fitts, Sr.

Allison Kilday, So.

Brittni Leback, Jr.

Bridgette Malone, Fr.

Morgan Matthews, Fr.

Amber Nofield, So.

Claire Ogilvie, Fr.

Kayla Perez, Jr.

Brianna Raterman, Jr.

Kelly Schwenk, Sr.

Melissa Stough, Jr.

Jessica Taylor, Sr.

Talissa Thomas, Fr.

Gabby Thompson, Jr.

Mandi West, Jr.

Danielle Willyard, So.

Kelly Willyard, So.

Alie Zagata, Fr.

Boys

Christopher Anguiano, So.

Christian Avila, So.

Taylor Barnes, Fr.

Sam Beaudoin, Fr.

Raiden Bowles, Fr.

Garrett Brown, Sr.

Bay Cartier, Fr.

Josh Chesnut, So.

Lucas Clark, Sr.

Jose Contreras, So.

Daemon Didenti, So.

Jefferson Farmer, Jr.

Marshal Ferre, So.

Kyber Hamilton, So.

Cirilo Herold, Sr.

Zackary Hofmann, Sr.

Porter Johnson, So.

Pedro Martinez, So.

Jonathan Owen, Sr.

Andrew Owens, Jr.

Calvin Pollard, So.

Kyle Rees, Jr.

Junior Stivahtis, Jr.

Dylan Townsend, So.

Sean Wallace, Jr.

Jonny Watt, Fr.

Sam Whisler, Sr.

Brett Willyard, Sr.

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