TrackTown Youth League debuts in Prairie City

Kolby Turlack turns the corner midway through the 1500m

Kolby Turlack turns the corner midway through the 1500m

On Saturday, TrackTown Youth League blazed a new trail in one of Oregon’s ample running and track and field communities. And to accomplish the endeavor, more than 10 hours were spent in a compact car and nearly 600 miles spanning long stretches of Interstate-84 and the John Day River were traversed. 

Indeed, TrackTown USA and Oregon Sports Authority (OSA) teamed up to host TTYL’s first-ever meet in Grant County, with Prairie City playing host. 43 kids between the ages of 7-14 pre-registered for the event, with a grand total of 50-70 arriving to compete in TTYL’s second of 16 all-comers meets this spring. 

“Even for a small-town meet, we were really impressed with the turnout,” said Alex Rudd, who oversees TTYL and community impact events for OSA. “We’ve had meets in larger cities that didn’t draw as many participants. We kept hearing over and over again how exciting this was for (Prairie City’s) community. The numbers reflected that.” 

Community involvement, in addition to high athlete participation totals, helped make the event a success. 

There was no shortage of parents, coaches and community members from both Prairie City and John Day schools who volunteered. Coffee, donuts and hot chocolate were provided for all volunteers. 

With TTYL expansion on the horizon, OSA intends to host a meet again in Prairie City in 2020. 

“All the TTYL staff members had a great time,” Rudd said. “We’re looking forward to going back to this community. We felt so welcomed by all of the community members and volunteers.” 

Saturday’s meet also presented a unique opportunity for the youngsters; an opportunity to compete in TTYL’s Championship meet on June 29 in Eugene. At each meet, the top-two finishers in all age groups for each of the five events offered automatically qualify for the championship meet. 

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Prairie City may be new to TTYL, but the town flashed some budding distance running talent.  

Kane Hellberg ran the second-fastest 1500-meter dash (6:00.64) of the spring among boys ages 9-10 while 14-year-old Janie Koopman of Prairie City Middle School secured spots in the state meet in both the 400 and 1500-meter dashes. Koopman ran the 400-meter dash in 1:11.98 and finished the 1500 in 6:07.85 and also qualified in the 100-meter dash (15.46) 

The meet produced a clubhouse leader in the javelin for boys ages 11-12 as well. 12-year old Logan Pedro posted the top mark of the spring with a 67-foot, 10-inch heave. 

In the field events on the girls side, Lindsay Talbot and Anna Jacobs finished with the top-two marks in the long jump for girls ages 9-10. Talbot leapt 11-feet, 10 1-2 inches and Jacobs – a year younger – was not far behind. Jacobs’ best mark was 10-feet, 3 inches. 

To view the full meet schedule and register for one of TTYL’s remaining meets, click here. No registration fee, equipment or set skill levels are required to participate. 

The full list of qualifiers for the TTYL Championship Meet from Prairie City: 

BOYS 

100 meters 

[7-8] 

Hasen Hellberg (17.67)  

Henry Gaslin (18.00) 

[9-10] 

Jarrett Waddel (17.02) 

Preston Fretwell (17.12) 

[11-12] 

Jayson Hull (15.68) 

Cayden Howard (16.68) 

[13-14] 

Cole Teel (15.53) 

Doyal Lawrence (16.20) 

400 meters 

[7-8] 

Kellen Fretwell (1:31.03) 

Tyson Talbot (1:32.52) 

[9-10] 

Jerett Waddel (1:25.99) 

Gavin Pedro (1:27.14) 

[11-12] 

Jayson Hull (1:11.34) 

Cayden Howard (1:18.41) 

[13-14] 

Doyal Lawrence (1:11.74) 

1500 meters 

[7-8] 

Hasen Hellberg (6:17.63)  

Porter Adams (10:16.39) 

[9-10] 

Kane Hellberg (6:00.64) 

Trace Turlack (7:40.14) 

Javelin 

[7-8] 

Henry Gaslin (52-03) 

Justin Titus (40-01) 

[9-10] 

Kane Hellberg (76-09) 

Jerett Waddel (60-06) 

[11-12] 

Logan Pedro (67-10) 

Dean Jobes (64-10.5) 

[13-14] 

Cole Teel (71-08) 

Zachary Montweller (68-04) 

Long jump 

[7-8] 

Henry Gaslin (11-00) 

Tyson Talbot (9-08) 

[9-10] 

Kane Hellberg (12-06) 

Tyson Pedro (10-05) 

[11-12] 

Jason Hull (12-04) 

Dean Jobes (11-04) 

[13-14] 

Cole Teel (13-05) 

Zachary Montweller (9-06) 

GIRLS 

100 meters 

[7-8] 

Molly Rasmussen (17.74) 

Nora Donathan (20.88) 

[9-10] 

Lindsay Talbot (16.86) 

Anna Jacobs (17.59) 

[11-12] 

Julie Hull (15.23) 

Brooke Teel (15.63) 

[13-14] 

Janie Koopman (15.46) 

Betty Ann Wilson (15.76) 

400 meters 

[7-8] 

Molly Rasmussen (1:30.06) 

Nora Donathan (1:37.97) 

[9-10] 

Lindsay Talbot (1:17.74) 

Skylar Bogen (1:27.50) 

[11-12] 

Julie Hull (1:08.88) 

Brooke Teel (1:10.00) 

[13-14] 

Janie Koopman (1:11.98) 

Betty Ann Wilson (1:14.12) 

1500 meters 

[7-8] 

Molly Rasmussen (7:11.47) 

Harper Workman (7:40.22) 

[9-10] 

Gwendolyn Rasmussen (7:03.07) 

[11-12] 

Morgan Cole (6.36.19) 

[13-14] 

Janie Koopman (6:07.85) 

Javelin 

[7-8] 

Hayden Workman (35-11) 

[9-10] 

Kara Hansen (50-03.50) 

Lindsay Talbot (42-6) 

[11-12] 

Izabella Williams (45-01) 

Alexis Anderton (44-04.50 

[13-14] 

Betty Ann Wilson (101-68) 

Caitlin Titus (68-11) 

Long jump 

[7-8] 

Molly Rasmussen (10-05) 

Nora Donathan (8-03.50) 

[9-10] 

Lindsay Talbot (11-10.50) 

Anna Jacobs (10-03) 

[11-12] 

Brooke Teel (12-06) 

Julie Hull (12-00) 

[13-14] 

Betty Ann Wilson (12-04) 

Caitlin Titus (8-06) 

A group of elementary-aged girls take off in the 100m dash.

A group of elementary-aged girls take off in the 100m dash.