SVSJ preview: Mount Si HS track and field embarks on inaugural 4A season with several top athletes to watch
The two coaches bring back a strong cast of returners. On the boys’ side, several athletes return off of state appearances last season. They include sophomore Jacob Belceto, who made it to Tacoma in the 200 meters; senior Aaron Robey, who earned a state berth in the 300m hurdles; senior Cameron Davis, who took seventh in the shot put; senior Sam Hruska, who finished eighth in the javelin, and junior Baly Botten, who earned fourth in the pole vault. The girls also return some strong athletes who also made state trips in 2014. Sophomore Hannah Waskom finished in the top five in both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs, and should be among the top distance runners in the league this spring. She will be joined by fellow sophomore Lindsey Sydnor to form a strong one-two duo in those events.
Junior Mackenzie Hutchison made it to state in the 300m hurdles last season, and will look to do the same this spring. Senior Karlie Hurley returns after an appearance in 2014’s state meet in the long jump, and sophomore Riley Ovall will look to make it two for two in state appearances at the javelin this season. Hurley, bound to play women’s soccer this fall at Concordia University in Portland, is taking a modest approach to the season ahead. “I don’t really know what to expect this early on, but I’m just hoping to at least get a couple PR’s (and) better myself this year. I’m excited to see what competition is in 4A, because it’s going to be really good,” she said.
Another senior to watch on the boys’ side is sprinter Sean Hyland. He is looking for the boys to have a good season. “They can expect to give 100% effort this season. I think we’ve got a good squad. I think we’ve got a chance to compete in this new league,” Hyland said. Robey concurred. “I think our squad is going to be really good. We have a lot more experience and new blood in our group than we ever did last year,” Robey said.