EUGENE — The high jump is a like a puzzle. There are a lot of little pieces involved.

EUGENE — The high jump is a like a puzzle. There are a lot of little pieces involved.

"It's hard to put it all together," said South Medford's Josh Milhollin, "but once you do, it's very fulfilling."

That didn't necessarily happen for him or North Medford's Josh Pecktol at the Class 6A track and field state championships Saturday at Hayward Field, but they both took home high state placings in the event.

Milhollin placed third, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches, and Pecktol was fourth, going 6-3.

A week earlier, they waged a spirited battle for the top spot in the Southwest Conference district meet, and with two of the top marks in the state, it was conceivable they'd do it again on a grander stage.

But Lamont Moran of North Salem and Putnam's Clay Johnson had other ideas, each making 6-8, with Moran winning on fewer misses.

Pecktol and Moran had state-best marks of 6-10 going in, and Milhollin bested Pecktol in the SWC meet with a personal-record 6-6.

Both Medford jumpers felt good entering the competition but couldn't put the big one together.

"I was feeling great," said Milhollin, a junior and the only underclassman in the top four. "My mental game wasn't as good as my physical game. I kind of let the atmosphere get to me a little. It's crazy. You look around and see thousands of people staring at you."

Milhollin was the last one to enter, passing on early heights until the bar reached 6-1. He cleared that height effortlessly. Pecktol missed on his first two attempts at his opening height before finally getting over 6-0.

At his final height, Milhollin was very close to clearing 6-6 on his final try.

"I was a little disappointed in the height," he said, "but third is great. My goal was to get 6-8 here, but obviously I was a couple inches short."

Pecktol admitted to being frustrated. He cleared 6-10 in his first meet of the season and followed with marks of 6-9 and 6-8, but it wasn't to be here.

"I felt pretty good coming, I just didn't finish," he said. "I had a shot at 6-5. I made some good attempts but just didn't get over the bar. It's frustrating, but it happens. That's part of sports."

He, too, spoke of the atmosphere.

"It's overwhelming to know that Olympians have jumped in this pit," he said. "It's pretty overwhelming with the crowd, but it's a great atmosphere for track."

The North Medford boys placed eighth with 28 points.

They also got a fourth place from Jonathan McUne in the 110 hurdles in 14.88 and a seventh in the 1,500 from Drew Jordan in 4:00.88.

Class 6A

BOYS

4X100 — 1, Jesuit (Joe Dillon, Anthony Blake, Mitchell Fry, Keanon Lowe), 41.88; 2, Barlow, 42.41.

1500 — 1, Elijah Greer, Lake Oswego, 3:50.56; 2, Nathan Mathabane, Lincoln, 3:56.44; 3, Sammy Kirtner, South Eugene, 3:58.45; 7, Drew Jordan, North Medford, 4:00.88.

100 — 1, Arthur Delaney, Barlow, 10.75; 2, D.J. Wright, Sheldon, 10.81; 3, DeEric Crockett, McKay, 10.84.

400 — 1, Anthony Yakovich, Sheldon, 49.3; 2, Nathan Lightner, Central Catholic, 49.48; 3, Steven Rodriguez, McNary, 49.72.

110 HURDLES — 1, Micah Hatfield, Lake Oswego, 14.68; 2, Lucas Noling, Central Catholic, 14.7; 3, Chris Ling, Sheldon, 14.8; 4, Jonathan McUne, North Medford, 14.88.

800 — 1, Elijah Greer, Lake Oswego, 1:59.51; 2, Tyrell Jagelski, Sheldon, 2:00.41; 3, Matt Long, South Salem, 2:01.13.

200 — 1, Anthony Yakovich, Sheldon, 21.79; 2, DeEric Crockett, McKay, 21.88; 3, Keanon Lowe, Jesuit, 22.07.

300 HURDLES — 1, Taylor Abdie, Sunset, 38.58; 2, Ian McGetrick, Tigard, 38.9; 3, Micah Hatfield, Lake Oswego, 39.38; 5, Micah Diaz, South Medford, 39.89.

4X400 — 1, Barlow (Malcolm Johnson, Jeff Krieger, Nathanael Franks, Arthur Delaney), 3:21.84; 2, Putnam, 3:22.4; 3, Sheldon, 3:22.47.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Lamont Moran, North Salem, 6-8; 2, Clay Johnson, Putnam, 6-8; 3, Josh Milhollin, South Medford, 6-5; 4, Josh Pectol, North Medford, 6-3.

LONG JUMP — 1, Lamont Moran, North Salem, 22-83/4; 2, Jordan Gray, Sandy, 22-63/4; 3, D.J. Wright, Sheldon, 22-41/4; 5, Dalton Cervantes, Grants Pass, 22-21/2; 14, Brandon Ritchie, Grants Pass, 20-71/2.

JAVELIN — 1, Sam Crouser, Gresham, 231-1; 2, Ryan Crouser, Barlow, 200-8; 3, Alex Cartwright, Sprague, 187-4; 7, Daniel Kinney, South Medford, 173-4.

GIRLS

4X100 RELAY — 1, Lincoln (Arlisha Davis, Haley Stewart, Kema Harvey, Tiarra Pittman), 48.01; 2, Southridge, 48.96; 3, Jesuit, 49.09.

1500 — 1, Annamarie Maag, Jesuit, 4:33.17; 2, Tate Murray, Lake Oswego, 4:37.73; 3, Kelsi Schaer, Tigard, 4:41.17.

100 — Kayla Smith, Benson, 11.84; 2, Kelsey Hones, Southridge, 12.13; 3, Arlisha Davis, Lincoln, 12.29; 8, Baylee Hearns, North Medford, 12.51.

400 — 1, Ify Onyima, Gresham, 57.01; 2, BryAnne Wochnick, Central Catholic, 57.37.

100 HURDLES —1, Shay Applegate, South Eugene, 14.53; 2, Katie Sime, South Salem, 14.94; 3, Tiara Prince, Southridge, 15.18.

800 — 1, Chloe Steinbeck, Southridge, 2:16.32; 2, Lauren Lloyd, Hood River Valley, 2:16.45; 3, Julia Fonk, Franklin, 2:16.82.

200 — 1, Kayla Smith, Benson, 24.01; 2, Kelsey Hones, Southridge, 24.85; 3, Sarah Kathrein, Sandy, 24.93.

300 HURDLES — 1, Tiarra Pittman, Lincoln, 43.51; 2, Kelsey Moe, South Salem, 44.06; 3, Lainey Nash, Southridge, 44.37.

4X400 — 1, Southridge (Lainey Nash, Kelsey Hones, Taylor Hunt, Chloe Steinbeck), 3:53.01; 2, Jesuit, 3:56.01; 3, Lincoln, 3:56.96.

SHOT PUT — 1, Alyssa Hasslen, McMinnville, 46-73/4; 2, Rachel Perry, Hood River Valley, 43-6; 3, Beth Dougherty, North Salme, 38-7.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Taisha Moore, Aloha, 38-11; 2, Michelle Johnson, Beaverton, 37-43/4; 3, Alyssa Neal, North Salem, 37-; 9, Rebecca Viets, South Medford, 35-41/2.

DISCUS — 1, Alyssa Hasslen, McMinnville, 147-11; 2, Courtney Tripp, Sandy, 125-5; 3, Beth Dougherty, North Salem, 123-; 6, Kim Gomez, North Medford, 114-9.

POLE VAULT — 1, Kaleigh Morrison, Tigard, 11-3; 2, Liz Goodrich, Sunset, 11-3; 3, Lillian Pagenstecher, Lincoln, 10-9; 10, Andrea Sukraw, North Medford, 9-9.

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