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  • TRACK AND FIELD

    Oregon vaulter has career day

  • EUGENE — Oregon freshman pole vaulter Cole Walsh had a career day Saturday, leading him to a national title at the USATF Junior Track and Field Championships.
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  • EUGENE — Oregon freshman pole vaulter Cole Walsh had a career day Saturday, leading him to a national title at the USATF Junior Track and Field Championships.
    He was one of two competitors with Oregon ties to qualify for the IAAF World Junior Championships later this month.
    Walsh set a personal best of 81/2 inches with a height of 17-61/2, which he cleared on his first attempt. Walsh, who redshirted the 2014 outdoor season, was able to compete in an Oregon uniform at Hayward Field for the first time.
    "I was given a big opportunity to jump for Oregon and I'm just trying show them that they made the right choice by picking me," Walsh said. "It felt good because I finally got to produce for them."
    Walsh will compete at the World Junior Championships, July 22-27 at Hayward Field.
    Sprinter Ariana Washington will also represent the United States at the World Junior Championships before representing Oregon next season. Washington won her 100-meter semifinal heat early in the day and finished second in the finals with a time of 11.30.
    Oregon was well-represented in the javelin with signees John Nizich and Jhet Janis taking second and fifth, respectively.
    Nizich threw 211-7 but did not advance to the worlds.
    After qualifying in the heptathlon last weekend in Sacramento, Calif., incoming freshman Ashlee Moore was looking to add individual events to her schedule in two weeks. Moore finished third in the women's high jump, clearing 5-83/4 and advanced to the finals of the 100 hurdles in fifth (13.69).
    Men's signee Nate Moore took fourth in the long jump, moving up three places on his final attempt of 24-81/2.
    Signee Raevyn Rogers won her heat of the women's 800 in 2:07.67 to advance to today's final.
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