By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Larger group out this season for Glenwood track and field


March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Glenwood freshman Nahaleigh Schuster soaring during one of her attempts in the long jump on Friday in The Dalles.

Glenwood track and field coach Aaron Oldenburg was excited by the turnout of 13 Eagles this season, more than double the number of kids who turned out last season.

Last Friday at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in the Dalles, the Eagles showed off their small, yet versatile team.

With a trio of state returners (sophomores Brooklyn Emerson and Kevan Bren along with junior Kinley Troh) leading the way, the Eagles are hoping to send a few more athletes to the state meet later this season.

Last year at state in Cheney, Emerson competed in the 100, the long jump, and the pole vault where she finished eighth overall with a vault of 7 feet, six inches. In The Dalles last week, she crushed the competition in the vault and long jump, while adding a third-place mark in the 100 meter dash.

She tied her personal best of eight feet en route to finishing on top of the field in the pole vault, set a personal record by 10 inches in the long jump (15-11.5 for first place), and was one of five runners to finish the 100 in under 14 seconds, which she ran in 13.9 seconds for third place.

Troh, who competed in the discus and triple jump at last year's state meet, also competed in a trio of events, two throwing and one jumping, and also ran with the 4x100 relay team the next day at the Estacada Small School Invite. But in The Dalles, Troh recorded a pair of top five finishes in the shot put (26-10 for fifth place) and discus (84-4 for second place), and jumped 25-6 in her first attempt in the triple jump so far this season.

Joining Troh and Emerson as returners are sophomores Bella Couch and Carmen Guzmen. On Friday, Guzmen threw in the shot (23-3.5) and discus (65-7) but on Saturday was able to up her mark in the discus by throwing 71-7, six feet further than her distance on Friday. Couch recorded personal best distances on Friday with a 12-6 mark in the long jump and a 24-7 leap in the triple jump, and on Saturday joined Emerson, Troh, and freshman Nahaleigh Schuster in the 4x100 in Estacada, Oregon.

New to the high school team this season is freshmen Nahaleigh Schuster and Mary Valdez, who each competed in a pair of events on Friday. Valdez started off the season with a 15.76 mark in the 100 and PR leap of 11-4 in the long jump. Schuster finished sixth overall in the 100 hurdles (20.12) in The Dalles, but finished quicker on Saturday in Estacada for a personal-best time of 19.97. Schuster also set a PR in the long jump at 13-8, almost a foot-and-a-half further than her distance a week earlier at the Eisenhower Jamboree.

Bren returns as the only Eagle boy with state experience, having run in the 100 and 200 last year in Cheney. He was in a trio of events where he finished toward the top of the pack in each the 100, 200, and long jump. He took seventh in the 100 with a 12.32 time, fifth in the 200 at 34.96, and third with a personal-record leap of 19-07.25 in the long jump. His long jump distance was nearly two feet further than his farthest mark last season.

Joining Bren for the boys this season are freshmen Duly Morris, Derek Gimlin, and Preston Bartek, along with sophomores Nick Palmer, Nolan Ryan, and Andy McFall. All those boys except Morris competed in a variety of the throwing events, while Morris ran the 100 and competed in the long jump in The Dalles.

On Saturday, Glenwood was across the river in Oregon for the Estacada Small School Invite where they were the only local team in attendance.


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