I am so very proud to be a coach at CCA!! This has been a great season for track and field. I just received word that my 4×100 relay team broke the school record Saturday with their 4th place finish at the Oregon State 2A Championship meet with a time of 45.9 seconds. These kids rock!! –Coach Cathy Lovato
It was a great year for Track & Field at Canyonville Christian Academy!! Head Coach Cathy Lovato along with Jumps/Distance coach Erin Payne and Throws coach Mike Stansberry worked tirelessly with the 20 young men and 10 young women who participated on the team. This year’s district meet brought 7 individual qualifiers for the OSAA State 2A Championships as well as the 4×100 relay team. Every athlete who participated this year improved from the first meet – setting personal bests all along the way. Jack Yoo, a senior from South Korea, was awarded MVP for the season. Jack, a jumper and sprinter placed 1st in twelve events throughout the season & 2nd in 4 more. Jack qualified for state in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump and placed 4th and 3rd respectively.
Sasha Eck was our girls’ MVP. Sasha, a junior from Russia, is a jumper. Sasha earned a total of 81 points for the team throughout the season and qualfied for state in both Long Jump and Triple Jump where she placed 6th and 8th respectively. Our Most Inspirational Athlete this year was Gabriel Martin, a junior from Colombia. Gabriel was the captain of the Sprinters and showed an indomitable spirit all season long as he encouraged his teammates to excellence. Mahli Beltran from Mexico & Anton Ashrafyan from Russia, both juniors, were our Most Improved Athletes. Mahli also qualified for state in the 200m and came home with 8th place. Ray Zhang, a junior from China and a first year participant, also qualified for state in both the Long Jump and the 110m hurdles. He placed 9th and 10th respectively.
The biggest news of the season comes from our 4×100 relay team of Gabriel Martin (11th), Ivan Chu(12th), Jack Yoo (12th), & Ivan Sandrali (11th). Going into the state meet ranked at 7th, they ran the race of their lives and finished in 4th with a new CCA record time of 45.90. The record had been held since 2007. We are so proud of all of our athletes!!