May 21, 2008

Six to state track meet

RHS track athlete Paden Snell runs the 1,500-meters at the district championships
May 17 in Salem. (photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

Redmond qualified six athletes to this week's OSAA/US Bank Oregon 6A Track and Field Championships in Eugene, including district champions in the boys pole vault and the girls 1,500-meter run.
"Three kids last year; six kids this year and the cupboard is definitely not bare," said Redmond coach Scott Brown, looking to the future. "They've tasted it. They know what they're capable of. The future is very bright."
The present is pretty bright as well with senior Kris Thomasberg qualifying in two events, pole vaulters Garrett Pruett and Tyrel Nordstrom going one-two in their event, Jimmy Thorson posting a state qualifying personal record in the high jump, Jenna Stewart taking second in the girls pole vault and Paden Snell posting a PR for second in the 1,500.
Thomasberg started May 14 with a 5-3 in the high jump for second place on misses behind Kyley Sexton of West Salem.
On the track she ran with the pack in a tactical 1,500-meter race for three laps before taking command for the win.
"It was a great gift they went out slow," said Thomasberg. "It was perfect."
Sprague's Forrest Jarvi took command of the boys 1,500 from the start. Snell stayed with the pack and took control of second place with 550 meters to go. Jarvi won the race 4:03.55 and Snell's 4:09.8 equaled Jarvi's best time of a year ago.
"My strategy was just stay with the top guys except for Jarvi," said Snell, a junior. "I couldn't see any shadows coming up on me. I was just running as hard as I could."
The pole vault was possibly Redmond's top event with both Pruitt and Nordstrom posting state-qualifying marks. Pruitt vaulted 14-4 for the win and Nordstrom topped 14 feet, a personal best in competition. It was a vault he needed to qualify for state. His previous height of 13-6 would have left him in third place and at home for the state meet.
Pruitt's season best 14-9 is fifth best in the state this season and he was looking forward to the competition at the state meet.
"I love vaulting against the best in the state," he said. "We did that at the Dean Nice meet and I really loved it."
Jenna Stewart cleared nine feet in the girls vault to qualify in second place behind Katie Sime of South Salem, who vaulted 10 feet.
Thorson jumped 6-6, beating the state-qualifying standard of 6-4 in the high jump. He placed third behind Lamont Moran of North Salem, who jumped 6-9 and Jordan Bishop of Wests Salem, who jumped 6-9.

-- Gary Newman

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