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GRANTS PASS — North Medford's Mario Filippi set a personal best to win the pole vault and qualify for the state championships during the first day of the Southwest Conference district track and field meet Thursday at Grants Pass High.
Filippi was one of three local winners. The others were in the girls meet, where Crater's Gracie Tostenson won the 3,000 meters and South Medford's Sara Miles claimed the shot put.
The top two individuals in each event qualify for state next Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Other Day 1 finals were held in the javelin and long jump. Preliminaries were staged in running events other than the relays. The second day of the championships is Saturday, with field events starting at 12:30 p.m. and track events at 2.
Filippi cleared 14 feet, 1 inch to move into tie for second place among Class 6A pole vaulters. It bettered his previous best by 7 inches.
The junior had cleared 13-6 in his previous three meets. His best mark entering the season was 11-6.
Tostenson, a senior who ranks No. 2 in 6A, was well off her season best but still managed to win by a comfortable margin over Sheldon's Gracie Todd.
Tostenson, who is headed to Boise State on a running scholarship, clocked 10 minutes, 33.51 seconds, 16 seconds ahead of Todd. Tostenson's best this year is 10:11.90, a fraction off her PR.
Miles, a sophomore, threw the shot put 36-11, edging out second-place Ana Richardson of South Eugene by slightly more than 2 inches.
Sheldon has the lead in the boys teams standings with 62 points, followed by South Eugene with 39.
Grant Pass leads the girls competition with 50 points, and Sheldon is second with 42.
TEAM SCORES — Sheldon 62, South Eugene 39, Grants Pass 32, North Medford 18, Thurston 16, Roseburg 13, Crater 9, South Medford 6.
3,000 METERS — 1, Reilly Bloomer, SE, 8:47.90; 2, Jackson Mestler, She, 8:48.90; 3, Ben Harter, She, 8:54.50.
SHOT PUT — 1, Drake Brennan, GP, 49-21/4; 2, Tanner Davies, She, 48-91/2; 3, Ryan Davis, Cra, 48-81/2.
JAVELIN — 1, Conor Still, SE, 177-4; 2, Austin Tharp, She, 173-4; 3, Taylor Tharp, She, 170-9.
LONG JUMP — 1, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 21-7; 2, Zak Breaux, SE, 21-5; 3, Ryan Brady, She, 21-13/4.
POLE VAULT — 1, Mario Filippi, NM, 14-1; 2, Langdon Junge, She, 13-6; 3, Joe Malloy, GP, 13-0.
TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 50, Sheldon 42, Roseburg 36, South Medford 21, Crater 16, South Eugene 15, North Medford 5.
3,000 METERS — 1, Gracie Tostenson, Cra, 10:33.51; 2, Gracie Todd, She, 10:49.54; 3, Jenna Anderson, Ros, 10:56.09.
SHOT PUT — 1, Sara Miles, SM, 36-11; 2, Ana Richardson, SE, 36-83/4; 3, Kristina Clark, GP, 36-81/2.
JAVELIN — 1, Gabrielle Kearney, Ros, 151-3; 2, Amira Johnson, Thu, 123-3; 3, Sarah Maffett, GP, 122-8.
LONG JUMP — 1, Elizabeth Prevedello, She, 18-7; 2, Geneva Lehnert, She, 18-01/2; 3, Skylie Brummett, GP, 16-93/4.
POLE VAULT — 1, Amber Prevedello, She, 10-3; Teiryn Brennan, GP, 10-3; 3, Joanna Galli, GP, 10-0.
SWC DISTRICT — Singles players Kelsey Bartlett of the South Medford girls and Kylar Tosh of the Panther boys advanced to the semifinals, thereby ensuring berths in next week's state tournament.
The girls district tournament was at Roseburg High, and the boys played at North Medford High. The district semifinals and finals are Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at each site.
Bartlett, a sophomore who last year won the consolation singles title at state, had a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed, then won two matches to get to the semifinals. She downed Rachel Forest of North Medford in the first round, 6-0, 6-0, then beat Amanda Solar of Grant Pass in the quarterfinals, 6-0, 6-1.
She will play Emma Duval of Sheldon or Sarah Morris of Thurston in the semis.
Tosh had a first-round bye as well, then knocked off Jesse Sadler or Roseburg, 6-0, 6-0, to reach the quarterfinals. The Black Tornado sophomore then dispatched South Eugene's Nima Movassaghi, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the semis.
Tosh, seeded third, will next face Roseburg's Stefan Ball, the top seed. Ball blanked both of his opponents.
North Medford's No. 4-seeded boys doubles team of Ryan Hogan and Kyle Campbell drew a bye, then was upset in the second. They fell to Josh Taylor and Adria Ontiveros of South Eugene, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
SOUTH MEDFORD 5, ASHLAND 4 — Brandon Lupton came through with a clutch hit and Justin James smothered an Ashland rally in the seventh inning as South Medford wrapped up its regular season with a come-from-behind victory at Harry & David Field.
After back-to-back hits by Eric Wallan and Cole Carder in the fifth against Ashland starter Steen Fredrickson, Lupton poked a single through the right side of the infield to score both and tie the game at 4-4.
South Medford (15-10), which has won four straight, then took the lead in the sixth when a hit by Will Cooney followed by an error in the outfield allowed Austin White to score the go-ahead run.
In the seventh, Bryce Rogan's two-out single followed by a fielding error gave the Grizzlies (17-7) new life, but with the tying run on second, James induced a ground out to shortstop by Carter Glick.
Tommy Hulick had a two-run double and Eric Carlson went 2-for-4 with a run to lead Ashland.
South Medford starter Caleb Bell surrendered one earned run on three hits in four innings. He struck out four without a walk. Ryan Carle got the win in relief.
Ashland 000 220 0 — 4 7 4
South Medford 200 021 x — 5 7 3
Fredrickson and Glick; Bell, Carle (5), James (7) and White. W — Carle (1-0). L — Fredrickson (5-4). 2B — A: Scott, Hulick; SM: Carder, Breeze.
NORTH MEDFORD 8-7, EAGLE POINT 0-0 — Alexis Barkwell seemed to get stronger as the day went on by pitching a pair of victories for North Medford, including a one-hit shutout in the nightcap of a nonleague doubleheader at North Medford.
Barkwell allowed a one-out bunt to Eagle Point's Paige Leeper in the first inning of Game 2 and, thereafter, allowed just one walk. Barkwell struck out 11.
Barkwell also hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and added a double. Grace Jovanovic was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs, while Christina Kuykendall was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Joci Ellis stole two bases for the Black Tornado (21-1).
In the opener, Jovanovic was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Keisha Williams went 2-for-4, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole a base. Ellis and Barkwell each had a pair of hits.
Barkwell pitched four scoreless innings before giving way to reliever Sarah Thomas. Barkwell allowed three hits and no walks to go with six strikeouts.
North Medford 411 011 0 — 8 13 0
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 5 6
Barkwell, Thomas (5) and Ramsay; Ayres and Shopp. W — Barkwell (17-1). L — Ayres. 2B — EP: Gonsalves.
Eagle Point 000 000 0 — 0 1 3
North Medford 000 133 x — 7 9 0
Barkwell and Ramsay; Gonsalves and Shopp. W — Barkwell (18-1). L — Gonsalves. 2B — NM: Barkwell. 3B — NM: Jovanovic. HR — NM: Barkwell.