Several Taft High track and field athletes arranged a date with State this week at the Class 3A Special District 2 Track and Field Championships at Dayton.
Junior Kaden Wright won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, junior Edson Fuentes the 1,500-meter run, sophomore JJ French the pole vault and junior Ella Knott the javelin to earn automatic berths as District titlists into the 3A OSAA State championships May 17-18 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
Senior Jacob Mayoral and sophomore Avery Nightingale also qualified for the finals by placing second, respectively, in the boy and girls pole vault.
Senior David Jin also qualified based on his time in the 110-meter hurdles, while seniors Mad Scott and Savannah Russo could advance in the boys and girls javelin after distances from competitors from other District competitions are posted.
The Taft High boys placed third behind champion Amity in the two-day SD2 meet, while the girls finished fifth behind winner Blanchet Catholic.
Photos by Lon French