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Kinney gets off on right foot

Crater high jumper narrowly misses school record in her first outing of the season

EAGLE POINT ' Erin Kinney would love to break the school record and win a state championship in the high jump before she finishes what has been a noteworthy athletic career at Crater High.

Only the foolhardy would bet against her.

In her first track and field performance of the season Tuesday at Eagle Point High, Kinney cleared 5 feet, 4 inches and then narrowly missed what would have been a school-record 5-6.

Before the day was over, Kinney won the long jump with a commendable mark of 16-1&

189; , finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.1 seconds and ran a leg on the Comets' triumphant 4x400 relay.

— With Kinney, Kendel Nelson and Jessica Stoner leading the way, the Crater girls scored a 76-69 dual-meet victory over the host Eagles.

Crater's boys also won, by a more comfortable 86&

189; -58&

189; .

It was another busy day in the busy life of Kinney, a three-sport standout and student government leader at Crater.

I've been doing three sports since the seventh grade, said Kinney, who was a first-team all-conference outside hitter on the Comets' state-playoff volleyball team last fall and an honorable mention all-conference performer for the school's state-playoff basketball squad. It's been busy but definitely not boring.

Each new season brings new challenges.

Kinney capped her track season last spring by finishing fifth in the high jump at the Class 4A state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene with an effort of 5-3.

A month or so later, she soared to a lifetime best of 5-6 at an all-comers meet at Hayward, but it didn't count as a school record (which currently stands at 5-5) because it was done over the summer.

After clearing 5-4 with ease Tuesday, Kinney put the bar at 5-6 and nearly made it on her second and third jumps.

It's going to be there, she said. It's just a matter of time.

Kinney took up the long jump just this season after catapulting to a 16-10 mark at a track and field clinic last summer. She wasn't able to match that distance Tuesday, but getting past the 16-foot barrier was still impressive for someone officially entering the event for the first time.

Erin's a great athlete, and she always does her best under the pressure of competition, Crater coach Hans Smith said. We had her pole vaulting last year, and she was a district placer in that, but when she went almost 17 feet in the long jump without any practice, we knew we had to make a change.

Kinney will head to Portland on Saturday and sign a letter-of-intent to play basketball for Warner Pacific College. She also plans to run track for the Warriors.

Super sophomores Nelson and Stoner, meanwhile, contributed to four victories. Nelson won the 1,500 in 5:13.4 and the 3,000 in 12:35.1, while Stoner took the 300 hurdles in 49.3 and ran a leg on the Comets' 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Eagle Point's girls stayed close by winning five of the seven field events. The top marks were registered by Alisa Lee in the shot put (36-8) and discus (125-8) and by Aubrey Harrington in the pole vault (10-6).

In the boys meet, junior Jason James and sophomore Greg Dallaire seized the spotlight for the Comets. James won the 100, (11.5) the 110 hurdles (15.6) and the 300 hurdles (41.3), while Dallaire claimed the 400 (51.3) and 800 (2:07.8) and ran a leg on Crater's winning 4x400 relay that clocked 3:37.4.

James might have more raw talent than anyone on the team. But he admitted he needs to work harder if he's going to surpass last season's accomplishments, when he finished second at district and ninth at state in the 110 hurdles.

My times aren't where I'd like them to be, he said. I need to train harder.

Dallaire established himself as one of the top 400 runners in the Southern Oregon Conference Tuesday with his 51.3 clocking, made all the more impressive by the fact that he was stuck out in lane six, where he couldn't see any of the other runners.

He's been running some good times in the mile relay so we knew he had a good time in him, said Smith of Dallaire. But I was thinking he was going to run about 52 seconds. He kind of surprised us.

As usual, the highlight for the Eagle Point boys came in the pole vault, where junior Robbie Johnston cleared 14 feet.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES '

Crater 86&

189; , Eagle Point 58&

189; .

SHOT PUT ' 1, Jake Olsen, EP, 45-10; 2, Donovon Gomes, C, 44-11&

189; ; 3, Mike Jacobson, EP, 43-8.

DISCUS ' 1, Brandon Farey, C, 147-4; 2, Jake Olsen, EP, 133-3; 3, Donovon Gomes, C, 109-4.

JAVELIN ' 1, Dan LeBel, C, 143-7; 2, Creighton Nevin, EP, 141-3; 3, Dustin Posey, C, 135-2.

HIGH JUMP ' 1, Brandon Anderson, EP, 6-0; 2, Dan LeBel, C, 5-10; 3, tie, Bryan McClellan, EP, and Geoff Donaldson, C, 5-8.

LONG JUMP ' 1, Steve Burke, EP, 18-11&

190; ; 2, Justin Weathers, C, 18-1; 3, Cody Schwietart, EP, 17-11&

189; .

TRIPLE JUMP '

1, Adam Reed, C, 40-0&

189; ; 2, Mychal Williams, EP, 35-9&

189; ; 3, Dustin Mesa, C, 34-7&

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POLE VAULT ' 1, Robbie Johnston, EP, 14-0; 2, Adam Reed, C, 12-6; 3, E.C. Holden, EP, 11-6.

110-METER HURDLES '

1, Jason James, C, 15.6; 2, E.C. Holden, EP, 16.7; 3, Adam Goff, C, 16.7

300-METER HURDLES '

1, Jason James, C, 41.3; 2, Bryan McClellan, EP, 42.8; 3, Adam Goff, C, 45.8.

100-METERS '

1, Jason James, 11.5; 2, Mike Cutts, EP, 12.0; 3, Kyle Henson, EP, 12.0.

200-METERS '

1, Mike Cutts, EP, 24.3; 2, Mike Thorson, EP, 24.4; 3, Adam Reed, 24.6.

400-METERS '

1, Greg Dallaire, C, 51.1; 2, Steve Burke, EP, 52.0; 3, John Wasniewski, C, 58.8.

800-METERS '

1, Greg Dallaire, C, 2:07.8; 2, Perry Dickson, C, 2:14.6; 3, Brandon Reavis, C, 2:15.4.

1,500-METERS '

1, Isaac Stoutenburgh, C, 4:24.; 2, Perry Dickson, C, 4:26.0; 3, Jeremy Firestone, C, 4:29..

3,000-METERS '

1, Isaac Stoutenburgh, C, 9:34.6; 2, Samuel Jacobson, C, 9:41.6; 3, Jeremy Firestone, C, 10:06.4.

4x100-METER RELAY '

1, Eagle Point (Mike Thorson, Kyle Henson, Robbie Johnston, Steve Burke), 45.7; 2, Crater (Justin Weathers, Mike Kennedcy, Adam Reed, Jason James), 46.1.

4x400-METER RELAY '

1, Crater (John Wasniewski, Dan LeBel, Greg Dallaire, Geoff Donaldson), 3:37.4; 2, Eagle Point (Mike Thorson, Bryan McClellan, Kyle Henson, Steve Burke), 3:39.1.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES '

Crater 76, Eagle Point 69.

SHOT PUT ' 1, Alisa Lee, EP, 36-8; 2, Dani Montgomery, C, 32-1&

189; ; 3, Steph Calhoun, EP, 28-6.

DISCUS ' 1, Alisa Lee, EP, 125-8; 2, Mevan Meunier, C, 85-5; 3, Jessie Bixler, EP, 80-8.

JAVELIN ' 1, Salina Sychla, EP, 104-10; 2, Gaby Pinentel, EP, 94-5; 3, Ashli Hubbard, C, 91-0.

HIGH JUMP ' 1, Erin Kinney, C, 5-4; 2, Jill Shaw, EP, 4-10; 3, Kadee McLaughlin, EP, 4-8.

LONG JUMP ' 1, Erin Kinney, C, 16-1&

189; ; 2, Kristina Bateman, EP, 15-5&

188; ; 3, Jessica Stoner, C, 14-8&

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TRIPLE JUMP ' 1, Kristina Bateman, EP, 32-9&

189; ; 2, Crissy Best, C, 31-2&

190; ; 3, Kadee McLaughlin, EP, 30-11.

POLE VAULT ' 1, Aubrey Harrington, EP, 10-6; 2, Christine Crawford, C, 8-0; 3, Becky Stone, C, 8-0.

110 HURDLES '

1, Carly Lund, EP, 17.0; 2, Erin Kinney, C, 17.1; 3, Aubrey Harrington, EP, 17.7.

300-METER HURDLES '

1, Jessica Stoner, C, 49.3; 2, Carly Lund, EP, 50.4; 3, Janelle Stoner, C, 52.1.

100-METERS '

1, Ally Wayrynen, C, 13.4; 2, Kristina Bateman, EP, 13.8; 3, Aimmee Husa, C, 14.2.

200-METERS '

1, Cat Wilson, EP, 28.3; 2, Courtney Ratty, C, 28.7; 3, Wasniewski, C, 30.0.

400-METERS '

1, Jessica Wasniewski, C, 1:06.3; 2, Courtney Stoner, C, 1:08.1; 3, Gaby Pimentel, EP, 1:11.0.

800-METERS '

1, Beth Logan, EP, 2:42.4; 2, Sharon Lent, C, 2:42.9; 3, Cheyenne Lund, EP, 2:46.7.

1,500-METERS '

1, Kendel Nelson, C, 5:13.4; 2, Beth Logan, EP, 5:32.5; 3, Cheyenne Lund, EP, 5:33.2.

3,000-METERS '

1, Kendel Nelson, C, 12:35.1.; 2, Alex Leonardo, EP, 12:35.1; 3, Coco Dell, C, 13:12.3.

4x100-METER RELAY '

1, Crater (Ally Wayrynen, Courtney Ratty, Jessica Stoner, Aimmee Husa), 52.1; 2, Eagle Point (Carly Lund, Cat Wilson, Aubrey Harrington, Kristina Bateman), 52.8.

4x400-METER RELAY '

1, Crater (Jessica Stoner, Janelle Stoner, Courtney Stoner, Erin Kinney), 4:27.4.

Crater's Erin Kinney clears 5 feet, 4 inches in winning the girls high jump Tuesday at Eagle Point. Mail Tribune / Jim Craven - Mail Tribune Jim Craven