There will be a lot of new blood and youth looking to make their mark for the Canby track and field team.

The boys and girls teams each finished fourth at the Pacific Conference district meet last season, and now moves into most likely a deeper and more balanced Three Rivers League.

“We’re not ready yet to kick things into 100 percent but we have everybody cleared, everybody ready to go,” coach Tom Millbrooke said. “We lost real quality kids and we have some real quality kids coming back. We have some holes to fill and work to do.”

On the boys side, senior Zach Killgore is the team’s top returner as he broke the school record in the shot put en route to winning the district title (53 feet. 5 1/2 inches).

He finished third in the event at the state meet.

In the sprints, senior Patrick Hinkle and junior Thomas Sutherland will be relied upon the early going.

Senior Ben Edwards and freshman Morgan Webber will be the team’s top long-distance runners following a solid cross country campaign in the fall.

Senior Kevin Anderson is a returning state-qualifier after taking second at the district meet in the high jump with a personal best of 6-2.

Senior Peter Carpenter is Canby’s top returning pole vaulter after finishing eighth at districts (12-0) and sophomore Coby Cates is the team’s top javelin thrower after taking seventh at districts (149-5).

Senior Dia Kuznetsov and freshman Timmy Johnson are also expected to contribute in a variety of events.

On the girls side, the Cougars lose two legs of their state-championship 4x400-meter relay.

Senior Teri Gent and junior Brittany Gillespie are the other two legs and return with a lot of experience.

Other short-distance runners expected to contribute are sophomore Lauren Morgan, senior Rachel Widing, sophomore Karley Baggerly and freshman Olivia Baggerly.

Sophomore Krissy Peterson is also expected to compete for Canby outside of her responsibilities with the golf team.

“When you go three deep and just about everybody can contribute and get better, you need to find the right hole and right spot for them,” Millbrooke said.

Sophomore Carleigh DeWald is a returning state-qualifier after competing in the 200, 400 and 800 wheelchair races last spring.

In the field events, senior Tineke Bierma is the team’s top high-jumper after finishing fourth at districts last season (5-0).

Sophomore Liliya Benz and freshmen Hannah Porter and Rachel Porter will also score points for Canby in the field events.

This story appeared in the March 23 edition of the Canby Herald

Reach sports editor Alex Tam by e-mail at atam@canbyherald.com