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Arlington prepares for start of track season

 

Andrew Hines

Pole vault coach Lisa Hegna, right, leads Ayana Shores, left, through drills at Arlington High School on March 2.

The Arlington Eagles Track and Field team had another great year last season as they finished 7-1 on both the boys and girls sides.

The boys finished off last year with a District Championship and 11 points at the State Meet, putting them in 19th place out of 46 teams. The girls finished in third in the District Meet but scored 28 points in the State Meet, putting them in 6th place out of 48 teams.

With a lot of seniors moving on due to graduation there will be a lot of fresh faces competing across all events. Specifically in the sprints and long distance the Eagles will be looking to fill holes left by their veteran athletes.

"We're starting out a lot smoother than it has been in the past and the turnout has been great. With the early tests we have figured out that we have a lot of really athletic kids who have a lot of potential. So right now it's about putting in the work and developing that talent," said Arlington Head Coach Judd Hunter.

On the boys side, Campbell Hudson and Cooper Cummings will lead as captains. Hudson is coming off of competing in the State Meet as he had two Top 15 finishes in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Cummings competed at State in the high jump as he finished 12th overall and barely missed qualifying in the 300 meter hurdles and the long jump.

Andrew Hines

Arlington senior Campbell Hudson gets loose during hurdle drills at Arlington High School on March 2.

In the throws, Gabriel Green and Michael Van Beek will lead the Eagles. Green had an incredible season last year as he dominated in the javelin, finishing second in State, and is currently ranked as one of the best in Washington. He also competed in both the shot put and the discus at the state level. Van Beek competed for the first time last season and was able to put together two finals appearances in the District Championships for the shot put and discus.

On the girls side Kelsey Mutton, Mary Catherine Meno and Maciee Delaney will be leading Arlington as captains. Mutton competed at State where she helped with the third-place finish of the 4x400 meter relay as well as finishing 12th in the 800 meter. Meno competed at State in the 4x100 meter relay last season and narrowly missed the qualifier to compete in the 100 meter dash. Delaney is looking to take the next step as she made it to the Wesco Finals in the javelin, triple jump and 4x200 meter relay.

If you want to come out and support the Eagles they will be hosting their annual Chuck Randall Relays on Saturday, March 24, starting at noon.

 

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