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Tyerman takes sixth at elite meet

Former Crater track standout Kayleigh Tyerman is not yet done putting her influence on state and school record books.

On Saturday, Tyerman finished sixth in the 1,500-meter race at the Portland Track Festival, held at Lewis & Clark College.

Tyerman raced in the open division, which included professionals from across the country. She finished in a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 29.39 seconds, good for 10th best all-time in the state among female high school competitors.

Though Tyerman has officially graduated, she has until July to chase high school records.

Tyerman's previous best in the 1,500 was 4:32.02, set at the state meet this year. The top time ever in the state is 4:24.00 set by Sprague's Kim Roth in 1982.

"It's really great to leave my mark finishing my high school career," Tyerman said. "That was really exciting."

Renee Baillie of Flagstaff, Ariz. won the 1,500 Saturday in a time of 4:15.95. The national qualifier is 4:16.50.

"It was really exciting to get the chance to race with some of these girls and get experience going into college," Tyerman said. "It was a good chance to learn from them. It's really different getting into a race when you aren't out there by yourself."

Tyerman, who will run for Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, will next compete in the 19-and-under junior nationals at the University of Oregon in June. She'll run the 1,500 and 3,000.

"This just makes me want to work harder," Tyerman said of Saturday's competition. "I always want to be the best I can. It makes me fired up more to get after it."

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail landrews@mailtribune.com