Re-Load, not rebuild!
2010 was supposed to be a transition year for the Tigard Youth Track Club. The young athletes from the club's first years have moved on to High School, and the club was made up of almost half new members as the season kicked off in April.
TYT entered its sixth season with uncertainty. "Our team was enthusiastic, big, but also new," described Tigard Youth Head Coach, Ralph Greene
But Tigard Youth Track raced into the season with 135 members and picked up where it left off last summer. Just as the Tigard High School Boys track & Field Team won the 6a OSAA Title behind TYT "alums" Latt, McGetrick, Fekete, Hart, Brennan, and Schlacter, the new crop of young Tigard track stars were winning a FOURTH consecutive NW Club Championship. Then, TYT had over 50 athletes place in the USATF State Junior Olympics Championship last Saturday at Centennial HS. TYT competed well and qualified in almost every event showing itself as perhaps the most diverse youth track club in the state.
TYT's youngest age group is one of its strongest. Stand out Sub-Bantams include Zoe Floyd who won the Girls Long Jump and took 2nd place in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Also, Brielle Foster took 2nd in the 400m.
On the Boys side the team of Brett Beyer, Andrew McDade, Matthew Otness, Hayden Boyd, and Spencer Kueffle completely dominated the age group -- Brett won the 100m & took 2nd in 200m. Matthew took 5th in the 100m. Andrew took 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 400m. Hayden won the 400m in a meet record time of 1:19. Spencer won the 800m and 1500m in a meet record 5:47. Finally, Brett, Matthew, Hayden and Spencer delivered a record 4x100m relay time of 1:09!
Other Tigard Youth JO State Champions include, Cole Rene who won the Bantam Boy 800m and took 2nd in the 1500m, Kam Harvey who set a meet record in the Bantam Boys Long Jump with a leap of 13'11", and Julian Body who blistered the Midget Boys 80m Hurdles in a time of 12.95. The trio of Carson Little, Cole Knox, and Ben Furgeson took 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Midget Boys High Jump. And, Body, Knox, Furgeson, along with Kameron Brown ran away with the 4x400m relay in 4:37.
Tigard's older athletes also shown well. TYT's youth girls led by nationally ranked Arianna Pumpelly and Oregon CYO Champ, Jasmine Gilmore set the bar very high. Arianna won the 100m easily in 12.91 nursing a hamstring. Jasmine with teammate Curiossa Plummer took 1st and 3rd, respectively in the 200m and 400m dashes. Brianna Stoppa was the State's top hurdler winning the 100m and 200m hurdles. Elise Conroy won the Shot Put with a throw of 34"6". She also took 3rd in the Javelin. Finally, Gilmore, Stoppa, Plummer, and Aryana Harvey who filled in for Pumpelly at the last minute won the 4x400m relay going away in 4:26.
Among Tigard's Youth Boys, Tristen Welch took 1st and 3rd in the 200m and 100m dashes. Jordan Morgan won the Long Jump. The team of Welch, Morgan, Chase Morrison, and Bassey Upkong took 2nd through 5th places in the 400m.
All the Tigard Youth Track State qualifiers will compete at the USATF Regional Championship in Seattle July 11-12. Winners there will travel to Sacramento at the end of July for the USATF Junior Olympics National Championship.
A Wonderful end to a thrilling season. Head Coach Ralph Greene would like to thank Tigard High School, Athletic Director Alan Boshcma and Head Track Coach Erik Smith. Additionally, Coach Greene congratulates TYT coaches Jeff McGaughey, Dorian Watts, Will Scott, Wu Feng, Tyler Clarke, Hadley Thom, and, of course Margie Greene for leading the team through a "transition" and introducing the next generation of Tigard Youth Track athletes.
Hit Tigard Youth Track's web site http://web.me.com/tigardyouthtrackclub/TYT_2010/TYT_2010.html for high lights from the year. Registration for the 2011 season will take place in January 2011. Go Tigers!