30 ready to run and throw

With numbers down a bit from previous years, the Vale track and field team is busy preparing for their first meet.

“We have about 30 out this year,” said Viking head coach Bob Phillips. “Our strength this year is our senior leadership on this team.”

The Viking girls enter the season as the defending state 3A champions. However, a large graduating class last year has depleted the team.

“We lost quite a few on the girls’ side of the team,” Phillips said. “I am really happy as we have quite a spirited group of freshman girls that came out this year.”

An area of concern for Phillips in past years has been the boys’ program. This year, Phillips is hopeful the boys make a showing at the district meet to be held in Umatilla.

“In the field . . .