College of the Siskiyous is scheduled to host the Golden Valley Conference Track and Field Championships for the first time in many years this Friday, April 30, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Weed.
Without a cross country program at the school, Siskiyous head coach Shannon Maas says his men’s team will face a tough road to win the GVC title, but he expects the race to be close.
Maas and others have been hard at work getting the track ready for the meet. A concession stand will be open and admission is free.
“It’s been about 10 years since we held a meet here,” he said. “We’ve had maybe 2 or 3 in the last 20 years.”
As a lead-in to the championships, freshman Stephen Dickinson of Bonanza, Ore., placed second in last week’s Nor Cal Multi-Event meet April 20 and 21 in Sacramento.
The weekend before that, sophomore Zach Stoner of Yreka set a new school record in the 400m at 48.43 in Oakland.
By placing in the top 6 at the Multi-Event Championships, Dickinson qualified for the State Championships in Lancaster May 21-22. Maas said several other Eagles could get that far in the coming weeks.
Though he had a slow start on the first day of the Multi-Event, Dickinson turned it on the second day and moved up from 7th to 2nd place.
Maas said Dickinson struggled on day one through the 100m, long jump, shot put and high jump, even though he bettered his times in the 100 and 400 by small amounts.
The second day he won the 110 high hurdles in a best ever 14.93, threw the discus 12 feet beyond his previous best at 118 feet, cleared 10-6 in the pole vault despite a rain interruption, and won the javelin at 166 to move into 3rd place.
While first place was out of reach, Dickinson ran strong in the final race, the 1500, finishing in 4:36 to win by 19 seconds.
He posted a final score of 6,367, not that far behind the school record of 6,500.
His worst event of the competition was the high jump, in which he previously cleared 6-5. If he had done that in Sacramento, he would have been right at the school record.
Assistant coach Les Courtemanche made the trip to Sacramento with Dickinson, and Maas kept in touch by text messages and cell phone calls.
“We learned that he’s a competitor,” Maas said of Dickinson, who should be a factor in several GVC championship events.
Other Eagles with a chance to reach the state finals include:
Ty Lang, who is ranked second in the 100 at 10.69, fourth in the 200 at 21.48 and fifth or sixth in the long jump.
Stoner is ranked fifth in the 400 in Nor Cal and third in the 800 at 1:55.97.
Dickinson is ranked third in the 110 hurdles at 14.93 and in the top 10 in javelin, high jump and 400 hurdles.
Myron Johnson is ranked first in Nor Cal in the triple jump at 47-10, not far behind the school record of 48-1.25. He’s also fifth in the long jump at 22-11.
Donavon Cunningham is ranked 6th in the discus at 155-2.
Isaac Silasau has improved his javelin throw this season from 148 to 177-7.
Martin Ward has improved his high school marks in the 100 from 11.74 to 11.31 and in the 200 from 24.54 to 22.72.
Among the Eagle women, Katie Anderson has improved in the 100 from 14.14 to 13.26 and in the long jump from 16-9.5 to 17-4.25 and in the triple jump from 33 to 33-11.5.
Joanna Beem of Mount Shasta set a school record this season in the steeple chase at 12:59.63 and is ranked 9th in Nor Cal.
Gina Davis of Yreka has gone 8-6 in the pole vault.