Spring Sports Preview: Talented Wildcats christen new Oak Harbor track

Talent and numbers abound for Oak Harbor High School track coaches Jay Turner and Eric Peterson.

To make matters even better, the Wildcats now have a first-rate track facility at the new Wildcat Memorial Stadium and will host two home meets this season — something that hasn’t happened for many years.

“Right now, we have more than 100 athletes on the team,” said Peterson, who is the head girls coach and also coaches the boys distance runners.

For the girls, senior standout Mietra Smollack returns to run the 800 and 1,600 meter events where she was a first-team all-league performer last season.

Also returning is junior sprinter Carson McKole, who was a first-team all-league performer in the 100 meters in 2007.

Other returning seniors are Clair Thiel, who will compete in

the javelin, hurdler Lauren Wilson and sprinter/middle distance runner Krissy McGill.

Junior Kirsten Roof, who competes in the hurdles and long jump is also returning as is sophomore distance runner Jessica Denmon.

New on the team are freshman distance runners Alison Daniel and Abby Leete.

“I’m pretty excited with the turnout we have and it should be an exciting season this year,” Peterson said.

For the boys, senior Rodrick Rumble, who was league champion in the high jump and a first-team all-star in 2007 returns, as does senior Michael Bell who will be competing in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump.

Senior hurdler Richard Chong is back, as are senior distance runners Alex and Steve Nydham.

Junior Stephen Lewis returns to compete in the sprints, along with sophomore Donovan Hunt, who also long jumps.

Turner said senior Bryce Schul

-le is out for the team and so is sophomore Rashaad Smith.

“Bryce is going to be a good one running the sprints for us and Rashaad has been looking real good in the 400 meters,” Turner said.

For the first time on a couple of years, Oak Harbor has facilities for the pole vault event and senior Tyler Elliot is ready to go.

“Elliot is a good kid and one of the better pole vaulters in the league,” Turner said.

Oak Harbor opens the season at the South Whidbey Jamboree March 13, and will host Everett and Mountlake Terrace in its historic first home meet Thursday, April 10, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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