EUGENE — Tyrone Holmes went from last to first, and he did so in only 56 feet.

EUGENE — Tyrone Holmes went from last to first, and he did so in only 56 feet.

The Eagle Point junior, who has been a picture of strength and speed all spring, put those traits on display at the Class 6A/5A/4A track and field state championships Friday at Hayward Field.

Holmes, who was the last to check in for the shot put because of a misunderstanding, nevertheless captured the 5A competition with an eye-opening effort that bettered his previous personal record by nearly four feet.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder then won his heat in the 110-meter hurdles before finishing his day just out of scoring position in the discus.

Holmes' showing capped a successful day for Southern Oregon athletes, as South Medford pole vaulter Brandon Hooper and Crater distance ace Max Runia, in the 3,000, each placed second in the 6A meet, and North Medford's Will Kunkle was third in the discus.

Two other 3,000 runners, Eagle Point's Tyler VanDyke and 4A Phoenix's Jorge Gil-Juarez, also brought home thirds.

Hidden Valley's Jefferson Jarvis, meanwhile, blew away the competition in two events, winning the 4A discus and shot put.

And Crater's Jack Galpin provided the highlight in the preliminary races by setting a state-meet record in the 200.

A handful of boys and girls finals were staged at each level. The meet concludes with a full slate today, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Holmes' trip to the top of the medals podium got off to a slow start. Believing there were two flights in the shot put, rather than one, he showed up late. He was accorded only two warm-up puts, and his first one in competition went only 421/2 feet.

He heated up quickly, however, unleashing his second throw more than 53 feet for a personal best, then hitting the winner of 56-33/4 on his final heave of the first round.

"It's a good PR," grinned Holmes. "I had a shot of adrenaline there or something. I just felt really good today."

He had three more throws in the finals but didn't approach his best mark on the first one and fouled on the other two.

One of the scratches was out there, he said.

"I was trying to go after the school record," said Holmes, adding that it's difficult to follow a monumental PR with similar marks. "I was surprised. I've never thrown that far, even in practice. I've never had a throw where everything came together, and this one did. If felt good."

Jake Olson owns the school record of 57-2, which he set in 2005.

Not long after the shot put, Holmes won his hurdles heat with a PR of 15.10 seconds. He's seeded third in today's finals.

In the discus late in the day, Holmes topped out at 129-3, finishing ninth and failing to break 130 for the first time in four meets. His best is 138-7.

For Runia, it was his second straight runner-up finish at state, having competed at the 5A level for the Comets last year. This one came at a cost, as he and Southwest Conference rival Matthew Melancon, the winner, waged an epic final-lap battle.

The two traded strides, traded the lead and, ultimately, traded a bucket they deposited their breakfasts in.

Gut-wrenching only begins to describe it.

Melancon's time was 8:30.78 to Runia's 8:32.85. Both set PRs by at least a dozen seconds.

"That was crazy," said Runia, who nearly collapsed at the finish line, was helped to the awards podium and didn't look too stable standing on the platform.

"I didn't feel that great," he said after mostly recovering.

Runia ran in front the entire race, save for the final 60 meters or so. He and Melancon began their kicks with slightly more than a lap to go, and this after they'd been running quick, 68-second laps.

When Melancon took the lead on the home stretch, Runia "actually tried to catch him," he said, "but my form just fell to pieces. I was just hoping no one else passed me."

In the district 3,000 and 1,500, Melancon narrowly finished second to Runia — who is considering walking on at Oregon — and didn't take anything for granted at the end.

"I didn't think it was over at all," Melancon said, referring to when he passed Runia. "I told myself, 'You've got to blast it, you're gonna have to finish this pretty fast. I didn't think it was over until I crossed the line."

Hooper's hoped-for showdown in the pole vault with defending champion JJ Juilfs of Sheldon fizzled early. The South Medford senior cleared 15-6 on his second attempt, passed at 15-9, then missed his three tries at 16-0 — the height he and Juilfs both notched at district.

Juilfs, who has been in action only three weeks after recovering from a back injury, won at 16-43/4. He tried unsuccessfully three times at 16-10, nearly three inches lower than his winning mark of a year ago.

Hooper, who lost one of his biggest fans in his grandfather early in the week, was distraught afterward.

"It just didn't come together like I wanted it to," he said, noting that he hoped to hit the national high school qualifying standard of 16-5. "A lot of things were kind of resting on this. There was sort of a lot of stuff going through my mind."

He said his steps were fine, but he was hitting the bar on the way up. His final try was close to being successful.

"I knew I hit it but I thought I was over it," he said.

Hooper rebounded by qualifying for the finals in the 110 hurdles. He's also in the high jump today.

Gil-Juarez set a personal best in the 3,000 by three seconds, clocking 8:53.25. Sisters' Taylor Steele won in 8:49.03, and Henley's Zorg Loustalet was second in 8:49.33.

"The pace got a little quick early on in the race," said Gil-Juarez, a senior. "Usually the kick is with about 800 meters to go, but today it got really fast with about a mile to go. I wasn't ready for that. I just had to go with the pack. I struggled with it in the middle but then I was like, 'This is my last year, I have to step up, and I did."

VanDyke did as well. He was running fourth into the last turn of the 3,000 but put on a big surge and overtook Jackson Baker of Franklin for third place.

The senior's time of 8:58.20 was a shade off his personal best. Ian Burgess of Franklin won in 8:39.00, and Akiharu Kitagawa of Wilsonville was second in 8:55.88.

Kunkle, a senior, got his best throw in the discus on his first attempt, sailing it 157-3. He fouled on three of his next five throws through the prelims and finals.

Ryan Crouser of Barlow won at 179-1, and Oregon City's Greg Skipper was second at 165-9.

The junior Jarvis dominated his throws, winning the discus with a mark of 178-4 and the shot put at 59-5. He won the former by 25 feet and the latter by nearly nine feet.

Galpin served notice that he'll be around today. Two of the top sprinters in state history, Barlow's Arthur Delaney and Aloha's Thomas Tyner, will clash in the 100, and each will be in the 200, where Galpin is waiting.

The Crater senior broke Delaney's meet record of 21.28, set last year, with a prelim time of 21.20 — and looked extremely comfortable doing so.

Galpin, who like Delaney is an Oregon recruit, also won his 400 heat in 49.85 and anchored the Comets' 4x400 relay team that advanced.

Class 6A

BOYS

(After 5 events)

TEAM SCORES — Sheldon 29, Barlow 20, Thurston 15, Oregon City 14, Roseburg 13, Tigard 13, Sunset 9, South Medford 8, Gresham 8, Crater 8, Grants Pass 6, Aloha 6, Redmond 6, North Medford 6, Canby 5, Beaverton 5, Tualatin 4, South Eugene 4, Central Catholic 4, Hillsboro 3, South Salem 2, West Linn 2, Centennial 2, Jesuit 2, Reynolds 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1, Matthew Melancon, Sheldon, 8:30.78; 2, Max Runia, Crater, 8:32.85.

SHOT PUT — 1, Ryan Crouser, Barlow, 65-7.5

DISCUS — 1, Ryan Crouser, Barlow, 179-1; 3, Will Kunkle, North Medford, 157-3.

POLE VAULT — 1, JJ Juilfs, Sheldon, 16-4.75; 2, Brandon Hooper, South Medford, 15-6; 3, Alex Tardieu, Grants Pass, 15-0.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Kenneth Newcome, Roseburg, 46-9.5.

GIRLS

(After 4 events)

TEAM SCORES — Jesuit 26, Gresham 15, South Salem 13, South Eugene 12.5, Hillsboro 10, West Linn 8.5, McMinnville 8, Lakeridge 8, Tualatin 8, Glencoe 6, Beaverton 6, North Salem 6, Aloha 5, Century 5, Oregon City 4, Southridge 4, Centennial 3, Sheldon 3, Roseburg 2, North Medford 1, Clackamas 1, Canby 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1, Erin Clark, South Eugene, 10:06.63.

JAVELIN — 1, Haley Crouser, Gresham, 169-7; 8, Kim Gomez, North Medford, 134-5.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Michelle Ellis, Hillsboro, 5-5.

LONG JUMP — 1, Janessa White, South Salem, 17-11.5.

Class 5A

BOYS

(After 5 events)

TEAM SCORES — Summit 24, Franklin 23, Marshfield 21, Eagle Point 17, Churchill 14, Milwaukie 11, Pendleton 10, Dallas 9, Silverton 9, Wilsonville 8, Parkrose 8, Bend 7, Hermiston 7, Willamette 5, Lebanon 4, South Albany 3, Woodburn 3, Mountain View 3, Benson 3, Springfield 2, Wilson 2, Cleveland 1, Corvallis 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1, Ian Burgess, Franklin, 8:39; 3, Tyler VanDyke, Eagle Point, 8:58.20.

SHOT PUT — 1, Tyrone Holmes, Eagle Point, 56-3.5

DISCUS — 1, Dalton Milburn, Marshfield, 178-0

POLE VAULT — 1, Erik Jorgensen, Summit, 14-6; 7, Julian Ramirez, Eagle Point, 12-6

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Blake Kemp, Marshfield, 46-2.

GIRLS

(After 4 events)

TEAM SCORES — 1, Summit 28.5, Hermiston 19, Silverton 16, Sandy 16, West Albany 13, North Eugene 10, Benson 10, Marshfield 9, Hood River Valley 6, Milwaukie 5, Wilsonville 4, Dallas 4, Crescent Valley 3, Lebanon 3, Putnam 2, Marist 2, Mountain View 2, Liberty 1.5, Sherwood 1, Wilson 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1, Megan Fristoe, Summit, 10:06.08.

JAVELIN — 1, Makena Schroder, Sandy, 140-9.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Rachel Proteau, West Albany, 5-7.

LONG JUMP — 1, Iris Anderson, North Eugene, 18-8.5.

Class 4A

Boys

(After 5 events)

TEAM SCORES — Newport 32, Hidden Valley 28, Cottage Grove 12, Sisters 10, Philomath 10, Banks 10, North Bend 8, Henley 8, Gladstone 7, Molalla 7, Crook County 7, South Umpqua 6, Baker 6, Phoenix 6, La Grande 5, La Salle Prep 5, Siuslaw 5, La Pine 5, Seaside 4, Brookings-Harbor 4, Scappoose 4, North Valley 3, Douglas 2, Ontario 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1. Taylor Steele, Sisters, 8:49.03; 2. Zorg Loustalet, Henley, 8:49.33; 3. Jorge Gil-Juarez, Phoenix, 8:53.25.

POLE VAULT — 1. Matt Hidalgo, Banks, 15-6; 10. Jaron Carpenter, Mazama, 12-0; 12. Nick Wogan, Klamath Union, 11-6.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1. Oshay Dunmore, Newport, 44-1.25, w:1.3; 2. Buck Broadhead, Hidden Valley, 43-10.75, w:1.8; 6. Jacob Hannah, North Valley, 42-1.75, w:1.8.

SHOT PUT — 1. Jefferson Jarvis, Hidden Valley, 59-5; 11. Cody Toller, North Valley, 43-1.50.

DISCUS — 1. Jefferson Jarvis, Hidden Valley, 178-4; 13. TJ George, North Valley, 121-6.

Girls

(After 4 events)

TEAM SCORES — Estacada 25, Sweet Home 16, Hidden Valley 15, Klamath Union 14, Newport 11, Molalla 10, Crook County 8, Madras 8, Philomath 8, Astoria 8, Gladstone 7, Central 6, Brookings-Harbor 6, Cottage Grove 5, Sisters 3, Stayton 3, Junction City 2, Scappoose 1.

Winners and local placers

3,000 — 1. Alisha Luna, Klamath Union, 10:17.50; 4. Sierra Brown, Hidden Valley, 10:49.34.

HIGH JUMP — 1. Chancey Summers, Estacada, 5-10; 5. Elizabeth Venzon, Hidden Valley, 5-0; 6. Mercadez Sullivan, Klamath Union, 5-0.

LONG JUMP — 1. Chancey Summers, Estacada, 17-8.50, w:2.1; 8. Gabby Williams, Klamath Union, 16-4.50, w:3.7; 11. Elizabeth Venzon, Hidden Valley, 15-7.25, w:2.8.

JAVELIN — 1. Michaela Farner, Molalla, 131-5; 3. Bailey Bars, Hidden Valley, 130-9; 11. Greylin Rice, Klamath Union, 96-7.

* for complete results, go to osaa.org

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