Taft High grad and Western Oregon University sophomore Gabe Arce-Torres parlayed his freshman season on the track last spring into being honored Tuesday for his academic success by the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association.
Taft High 7-12 eighth-grader Gavin Koceja won the long jump and high jump and anchored the winning boys 4x400-meter relay team Thursday in the Coast Valley League 7-8 District Championships at Yamhill-Carlton.
Taft High's JJ French bettered his week-old personal-best leap of 12 feet by a whopping six inches Friday night for a sophomore record in the pole vault at the 25-team Stayton Twilight track and field meet.
Junior Kaden Wright and senior David Jin claimed two titles each to lead six Taft High boys to the top of the podium, and junior Sammy Halferty won two sprints Thursday to lead three girls winners in the Taft Invitational Special District 2 track and Field meet at Voris Field.
Eighth-graders McKaden Melton, Gavin Koceja and Kaitlyn Neves won individual titles Wednesday to lead the way for Taft High 7-12 middle schoolers in a Coast Valley League Junior High track and field meet at Voris Field.
Considering he was among the state’s fastest high school sprinters, excuse Western Oregon University freshman Gabe Arce-Torres for winning the 400-meter dash Saturday in his first outdoor meet of the collegiate season.