May 25, 2022 — The Siuslaw boys track team finished third in the return of the OSAA Track & Field State Championships to historic Hayward Field in Eugene.
The Siuslaw boys earned 45 team points, putting them behind first place Marshfield (57) and second place Henley (52) and just ahead of Mazama who had 43.
The Siuslaw junior class provided the top Viking performers at the meet, indicating that the team could find success next year when SHS drops down to the 3A division.
Junior Sam Ulrich earned two third-place medals with two personal records. He finished third in the 800 (1:57.85a) and third in the 3000 (8:53.12a).
Another junior, Hunter Petterson, also had a great meet. He finished third in the 200 (22.92a) and fourth in the 400 (51.92a).
The juniors continued their display of excellence when John Rose finished fifth in the discus (136’11).
Two more fifth-place finishes from juniors rounded out the list of domination from the Class of 2023. Noel Hernandez PR’d and was fifth in the 300m hurdles (42.75a). Kyle Hughes set his PR in the pole vault with a 13’6.
Top performer on the girls side was a senior, Rylee Colton. She finished seventh in the 3000 (10:44.18a) and 10th in the 1500 (5:13.29a).
Colton was also a member of the Viking 4x400 team that finished 10th. Also on the relay team were freshmen Macali Lade and Maya Wells and sophomore Corduroy Holbrook.
Senior Chad Hughes earned a fifth-place medal in the 3000 (9:05.21) and took seventh and PR’d in the 1500 (4:12.96a).
Senior Camp Lacouture was sixth in the pole vault when he vaulted 13’.
Finally, the boys 4x400 relay team of Ulrich, Petterson, freshman Wesley Nicholls and junior Jacob Blankenship finished eighth (3:35.20a).
The meet completes a successful track and field season for the Vikings. The outstanding performance by the junior class indicates a bright future for the team.