Oak Harbor’s Ozell Jackson is the defending Wesco North high jump champion. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Ozell Jackson is the defending Wesco North high jump champion. (Photo by John Fisken)

Prep preview / Oak Harbor boys track

Five returning division champions will set the pace for the Oak Harbor High School boys track team as it heads into the 2018 season.

Back for the Wildcats is two-time 400-meter Wesco North champion senior Mac Nuanez, 100-meter winner senior Taeson Hardin and high jump champ senior Ozell Jackson.

Nuanez and Jackson also ran on the winning 4×400 relay team, while Hardin was joined on the first-place 4×100 team by senior Andrew Miller and his junior brother Dorian Hardin.

The 4×100 team went on to place eighth in the state meet, and the 4×400 squad took 11th.

Taeson Hardin finished 14th in the state 100, and Jackson was 14th in the high jump.

Other returning lettermen for Oak Harbor are seniors Ben Gasper, Isaac Gomez, Kyle Nickols and Weston Whitefoot; juniors Keegan Daniels, Brandon McCollough and Josh Stone; and sophomores Justin Campbell, Gabriel Daggett, Dallas Riddle-Stevens and Tyrell Torres.

Head coach Jay Turner said it is too early in the year to identify which new comers will have the greatest impact.

“We do have a lot of new faces, but it will be tough to see where they will all fit in until we get a few weeks into the season,” he said.

The Wildcats will be strongest in the sprints, jumps and throws, according to Turner, but will “need to find some depth as we did graduate quite a few athletes last year.”

Oak Harbor, which placed second in the Wesco North in 2017, hosts the Island Jamboree at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The first regular meet is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, when Oak Harbor meets Getchell and Meadowdale at Marysville-Pilchuck.

More in Sports

Prep roundup for Thursday, March 21

Here’s a quick rundown of the athletic contests Coupeville and Oak Harbor… Continue reading

New coach passing along passion for tennis

Malia Turner dabbled in basketball and ballet while growing up in Lynden,… Continue reading

Bulldogs use 3-run innings to top Oak Harbor / Softball

Mount Vernon scored three runs in four different innings to stop the… Continue reading

Wildcats nip Falcons / Tennis

Three wins in singles helped carry the Oak Harbor High School tennis… Continue reading

Golden Eagles clip ‘Cats / Baseball

The Oak Harbor High School baseball team struck first, but host Ferndale… Continue reading

Late Eagle rally sinks Wolves / Baseball

Cedar Park Christian defeated the Coupeville High School baseball team 12-3 Wednesday,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor overwhelms Getchell, Shorecrest / Boys golf

Posting the five best scores of the afternoon, the Oak Harbor High… Continue reading

Short-handed Wolves almost stun King’s / Soccer

The Coupeville High School soccer team nearly upset perennial power King’s despite… Continue reading

Oak Harbor takes 13th at Shootout / Girls golf

The Oak Harbor High School girls golf team teed off the 2019… Continue reading

Most Read