As we head into late October, Mid-Valley teams and athletes are gearing up for the postseason. 

The Statesman Journal Athlete of the Week nominees are: 

  • Athan Palmateer, Sprague football
  • Gitte Lonigan, West Salem cross country
  • Diego Garibay, McKay soccer
  • Kelsey Rodli, Dallas cross country

There is information below on each nominee. Vote for the athlete you think is most deserving. The poll closes at noon Thursday. 

Gitte Lonigan, West Salem.

Gitte Lonigan, West Salem cross country: She ran a personal-best 18:54 Sept. 24 in the Nike Portland XC. Her time ranks her second in the Central Valley. 

Sprague's Athan Palmateer (9) carries the ball during the football game against West Salem on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore.

Athan Palmateer, Sprague football: He scored the game-winning touchdown with 3 seconds left to give the Olympians a 28-21 victory against West Salem. 

Diego Garibay, McKay.

Diego Garibay, McKay soccer: He had two saves in the Royal Scots’ 2-1 win against Woodburn. 

Kelsey Rodli, Dallas.

Kelsey Rodli, Dallas cross country: She ran a personal-best 19:28.7 Oct. 1 in The Harrier Classic. Her time ranks her fourth in the Mid-Willamette Conference. 

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