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Classic Performances

CENTRAL POINT — It should have been hard to pick out one performance that stood above all others at the 37th Crater Rotary Track and Field Classic.

Then Deon McLaughlin made it easy.

On a day suited perfectly to a bounty of fine marks — wonderful spring weather, 27 teams and a big-meet atmosphere — the Klamath Union senior stole the show with a triple jump for the ages.

In the preliminaries, McLaughlin hopped, skipped and jumped his way to a mark of 49 feet, 3 inches, stunning the crowd and himself. It bettered one of the longest standing meet records, and did so by a goodly margin.

South Eugene's Mike Yeoman established the previous standard of 46-10 in 1975.

"I was like, wow," said McLaughlin. "Just wow. I did not know where that came from. But I guess it happened. I just stayed focused. All my phases felt really good, my steps were good and I just finished."

It was nearly three feet farther than his previous personal best of 46-33/4, set last year.

McLaughlin, who also won the 100 (11.02 seconds) and the long jump (22-5), set a goal of 50 feet on one of his three attempts in the triple jump finals. He popped a 47-8, then went a tad over 45 before skipping his last turn and calling it a day.

And what a day it was for the field of 750 athletes to excel.

North Medford claimed both the boys and girls team championships, the former coming only after the Black Tornado's fourth-seeded 4x400-meter relay finished second in the day's last event, one spot ahead of South Medford's second-seeded quartet. It was worth an extra two team points over South and enabled the Tornado to beat its chief rival, 87-86.

The North girls, meanwhile, scored 76 points to runner-up Roseburg's 67.

Among the other highlights, Crater's two boys relay teams established state-best marks for all classifications; North's Jonathan McUne did likewise in the boys high hurdles; Baylee Hearns won both sprints for the Tornado girls with times that rank among Oregon's top three; and the talented Rogue Valley boys pole vault contingent again impressed, with school records for both South Medford and North Medford.

The Black Tornado got off to an inauspicious start toward the girls trophy when its 4x100 relay failed to make its final baton pass in the allotted space and was disqualified.

"The girls fought their way back in it," said North coach Piet Voskes. "We regrouped and had a conversation about every point counting, and they were aggressive and dug down. They had a district-meet mentality, which is nice to see in the middle of April."

Hearns led the way, winning the 100 in 12.49 and the 200 in 25.69.

"It's always good for sprinters to run in warm weather," she said. "Any time there's sun and no wind, it's good."

The only other North girl winner was hurdler Amber Black, who took the 100 highs in 15.54. She was also third in the triple jump at 33-5.

The North boys claimed three individual titles. Drew Jordan won the 1,500 in 4:04.8, Stetson Smith lowered his 6A-leading 800 time to 1:56.40, and McUne turned in a 14.86 clocking in the 110 hurdles.

Jordan, the two-time cross country state champion, has a limited race schedule in order to keep him fresh for the district and state meets.

"Piet and I learn from year to year," said Jordan, "and last year I think I kind of over-raced a little bit. I doubled in a lot of these meets. In this meet last year, I ran the 3,000, too. I tried to run in the postseason, and I was just tired. I'm trying to race a lot less this year and make the races I run key races and big races."

But he's not taking it easy.

"Oh no," said Jordan. "Training is much harder than racing. They put me through some brutal workouts."

The South Medford boys had two winners of its own in pole vaulter Brandon Hooper (15-3) and high jumper Josh Milhollin (6-4), who also was second in the triple jump. Distance runner Ryan Perry contributed seconds for the Panthers in the 1,500 and 3,000.

Hooper, who also was third in the 110 hurdles, waged another battle in the vault with North's David Formolo (second, 15-3) and Taylor Stormberg (fourth, 14-0) and St. Mary's Sean Igelman (third, 14-6).

Hooper and Formolo each broke school records. The previous South record of 15-1 was set in 1993 by Justin Thompson, while Formolo broke his own mark of 15-0.

"The last couple weeks I was having some sloppy parts in my vault," said Hooper, "and I just put them all together today. And I wasn't the only one, obviously. David did really well today."

Hooper got a new 15-foot pole two weeks ago that has a slightly higher weight rating, and it was nice to break it in with a school record he'd been chasing. In fact, he was still caught up in that moment when he appeared to have 15-6 cleared on his next jump but didn't finish it off.

He and Formolo both missed all three attempts at the 15-6.

"I was all excited and kind of got lost in that vault," said Hooper. "I wasn't really thinking about it too much. I should have cleared it, but I'm happy with what I got. It means a lot. I've been shooting for this (record) for a couple years now, and I finally got it."

Crater's strong sprint crew came up big, helping the Comets to third place.

Kelley Beck won the 400 in 49.49 and Jack Galpin, a junior transfer from Bonanza, took the 200 in 22.31, both times ranking first in Class 5A.

They then teamed with Dillon Baker and Jacob Ziegler to run the fastest relay times in the state. The 4x100 winning time of 42.77 moved the Comets past Grant's 42.88 for the No. 1 spot, and the 4x400 time of 3:25.09 moved it ahead of Clackamas' 3:25.94.

"Yeah," said Crater coach Justin Loftus, "it's a special team, definitely a special team. I think we've known that from that from the beginning of the season. We're just taking it day by day. It should be a fun season if they stay healthy. That's always the key."

Among other boy winners, Cole Watson of Rogue River claimed the 3,000 in 8:59.13, and Hidden Valley's Jefferson Jarvis captured the shot put at 51-61/2.

The Hidden Valley girls got wins from Bailey Bars in the javelin (133-4) and from its short relay (51.56).

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — North Medford 87, South Medford 86, Crater 69, Klamath Union 63, Summit 55, Bend 49, Grants Pass 37.5, Hidden Valley 37, Thurston 34, Roseburg 26, North Valley 22, St. Mary's 20, Rogue River 17, Eagle Point 16.5, Lakeridge 15, Mazama 13, Casecade Christian 7, Henley 6, Siuslaw 2, Ashland 1.

SHOT PUT — 1, Jefferson Jarvis, HV, 51-06.50; 2, Cody Rick, KU, 49-10; 3, Levi Toller, NV, 48-01.75; 4, Luke Cutting, SM, 47-07; 5, Javan Gray, Thu, 47-05.25; 6, Mychal Desoto, NM, 47-00.

DISCUS — 1, Josh Peck, Maz, 192-05; 2, John Tardieu, GP, 157-05; 3, Will Kunkle, NM, 156-07; 4, Jefferson Jarvis, HV, 155-05; 5, Javan Gray, Thu, 150-00; 6, Cody Rick, KU, 140-07.

JAVELIN — 1, Selmar Hutchins III, Ros, 179-00; 2, Javan Gray, Thu, 171-03; 3, Garret Snow, EP, 165-06; 4, Nick Bellenbaum, HV, 161-08; 5, Nolan Sweet, KU, 158-03; 6, Tyler Matarase, NM, 155-00.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Josh Milhollin, SM, 6-04; 2, Singeon Gotfried, HV, 6-02; 3, Anthony Neal, Cra, 6-02; 4, JC Grimm, Ben, 6-01; 5, Justin Brown, RR, 6-01; 6, Josh Wilson, EP, 5-10.

LONG JUMP — 1, Deon McLaughlin, KU, 22.05; 2, Caleb Buzzas, Ben, 21-07; 3, Dalton Cervantes, GP, 20-11; 4, Jonz Olander, GP, 20-07.50; 5, Dion Roccasalva, Sum, 20-06; Josh Milhollin, SM, 20-02.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Deon McLaughlin, KU, 49-03; 2, Josh Milhollin, SM, 42-10; 3, Austin Marlia, EP, 42-06; 4, Blake Andreasen, HV, 41-00; 5, JC Grimm, Ben, 40-10; 6, Caleb Buzzas, Ben, 40-06.50.

POLE VAULT — 1, Brandon Hooper, SM, 15-03; 2, David Formolo, NM, 15-03; 3, Sean Igelman, SM, 14-06; 4, Taylor Stormberg, NM, 14-00; 5, Evan Bassford, Sum, 13-00; 6, Erik Jorgensen, Sum, 12-06.

110-METER HURDLES — 1, Jonathan McUne, NM, 14.86; 2, Brett Campbell, Sum, 14.99; 3, Brandon Hooper, SM, 15.66; 4, David Tucker, SM, 15:84; 5, Danny Verdieck, Ben, 15:87; 6, Ted Wogan, KU, 15.89.

300-METER HURDLES — 1, Korey Smith, Ros, 40.20; 2, Brett Campbell, SM, 40.72; 3, Jonathan McUne, NM, 41; 4, Brandon Hooper, SM, 41.05; 5, Jacob Ziegler, Cra, 41.86; 6, Ted Wogan, KU, 42:12.

100 METERS — 1, Deon McLaughlin, KU, 11.02; 2, Jeff Reeder, StM, 11.18; 3, TJ Peay, Sum, 11.21; 4, Dalton Cervantes, GP, 11.22; 5, Caleb Buzzas, Ben, 11.23; 6, Cole Thomas, Sum, 11.25.

200 METERS — 1, Jack Galpin, Cra, 22.31; 2, Ray Kaupel, HV, 23.07; 3, Tom Steelhammer, Ben, 23.10; 4, Robbie Magill, Lak, 23.35; 5, Michael Villers, NM, 23.64; 6, Joshua Muswieck, CC, 23.65.

400 METERS — 1, Kelley Beck, Cra, 49.49; 2, David Formolo, NM, 50.72; 3, Tom Steelhammer, Ben, 50.86; 4, Morgan Crebbin, KU, 51.68; 5, Kodie Artner, SM, 51.80; 6, Brandon Grissom, CC, 52.90.

800 METERS — 1, Stetson Smith, NM, 1:56.35; 2, Jacob Maxwell, Thu, 1:59.65; 3, Nick Shanklin-Rice, SM, 2:00.43; 4, Greyson Dixon, Cra, 2:01.10; 5, Travis Neuman, Sum, 2:0210; 6, Neil Seibert, Cra, 2:02.88.

1,500 METERS — 1, Drew Jordan, NM, 4:04.73; 2, Ryan Perry, SM, 4:06.25; 3, Max Runia, Cra, 4:10; 4, Kevin Pearson, Lak, 4:10.53; 5, Brady Beagley, HV, 4:10.90; 6, Kyle Ruhlin, Thu, 4:11.34.

3,000 METERS — 1, Cole Watson, RR, 8:59.13; 2, Ryan Perry, SM, 9:05.54; 3, Jed Tolbert, Hen, 9:05.80; 4, Jon Obeso, Cra, 9:14.59; 5, Crosby Green, Thu, 9:18.19; 6, Max Heninger, Lak, 9:27.63.

4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Crater (Dillon Baker, Jack Galpin, Kelley Beck, Jacob Ziegler) 42.77; 2, Grants Pass, 44.07; 3, Summit, 44.11; 4, Bend, 44.27; 5, North Medford, 44.37; 6, Hidden Valley, 44.77.

4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Crater (Dillon Baker, Jacob Ziegler, Jack Galpin, Kelley Beck), 3:25.09, 2, North Medford, 3:27.12; 3, South Medford, 3:32.50; 4, Summit, 3:33.03; 5, St. Mary's, 3:33.50; 6, Klamath Union, 3:33.80.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — North Medford 76, Roseburg 67, Summit 63, Lakeridge 59, St Mary's 55, Hidden Valley 49, South Medford 41, Crater 40, Siuslaw 37, Bend 26, Henley 24, Sandy 21, Eagle Point 20, Ashland 18, Mazama 18, Brookings-harbor 17, Klamath Union 15, Gold Beach 5, Lakeview 3, Grants Pass 3, Thurston 3, Rogue River 2, North Valley 1.

SHOT PUT — 1, Alexis Reavis, Siu, 41-04.75; 2, Courtney Tripp, San, 40-03.25; 3, Cori Wallace Hen, 37-08; 4, Corie Culpepper, EP, 35-01; 5, Katie Figoni, HV, 34-03.50; 6, Ty Fultz, Ros, 32-11.75.

DISCUS — 1, Courtney Tripp, San, 130-02; 2, Alexis Reavis, Siu, 113-06; 3, Rachel Picknell, Ros, 110-08; 4, Kim Gomaz, NM, 109-05; 5, Hannah Picknell, SM, 105-09; 6, McKenzie Litterell, GB, 99-05.

JAVELIN — 1, Bailey Bars, HV, 133-04; 2, Seabre Church, Siu, 132-05; 3, Kim Gomez, NM, 129-02; 4, Allyson Miller, Lak, 127-06; 5, Joelle Swanson, HV, 120-00; 6, Makena Schroder, San, 119-00.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Shelby Snook, Ros, 5-04; 2, Erika Shigley, Ros, 5-02; 3, Alexi Provost-Shean, StM, 5-00; 4, Ellie Morgan, Hen, 5-00; 5, Mercedez Cossairt, KU, 4-08; 6, Mikaela Zottola, GP, 4-08.

LONG JUMP — 1, Jenna Sandling, Ros, 17-00.50; 2, Shelby Snook, Ros, 16-00.75; 3, Breanna Burns, KU, 15-11; 4, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 15-10; 5, Ashley Langi, SM, 15-09.50; 6, Gabby Williams, KU, 15-09.25.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Sarah Frazier, Sum, 34-02.50; 2, Ashley Langi, SM, 33-10; 3, Amber Black, NM, 33-05; 4, Jenna Sanding, Ros, 33-05; 5, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 33-05; 6, Laney Hayes, Sum, 33-04.50.

POLE VAULT — 1, Nina Gutermuth, Ben, 11-00; 2, Linnea Fong, SM, 9-06; 3, Sarah Bennion, SM, 9-00; 4, Tamara Evans, Ben, 8-06; 5, Elizabeth Venzon, HV, 8-00; 6, Riley Harrold, Sum, 8-00.

100-METER HURDLES — 1, Amber Black, NM, 15.54; 2, Madison Cavens, Ros, 16.22; 3, Amy Wiley, Lak, 16.27; 4, Catherine Bones, BH, 16.28; 5, Alysa Castle, Hen, 16.29; 6, Jenise Lewis, EP, 16.45.

300-METER HURDLES — 1, Amy Wiley, Lak, 45.65; 2, Katherine Shulenberger, Ash, 47.30; 3, Megan VanSyoc, Cra, 47.55; 4, Kate Folsom, NM, 48.18; 5, Catherine Bones, BH, 49.56; 6, Madison Cavens, Ros, 49.52.

100 METERS — 1, Baylee Hearns, NM, 12.49; 2, Krissy Hengesh, Lak, 12.92; 3, Jazmyn Arnspiger, EP, 13.05; 4, Megan VanSyoc, Cra, 13.20; 5, Samantha Mount, NM, 13.24; 6, Cassie Boykin, EP, 13.27.

200 METERS — 1, Baylee Hearns, NM, 25.69; 2, Mikayla Garrard, Maz, 26.90; 3, Rachel Slater, Sum, 27.05; 4, Emily Carlson, NM, 27.10; 5, Kelly Audiss, Ros, 27.36; 6, Rachel Slater, SM, 27.43.

400 METERS — 1, Kellie Schueler, Sum, 57:50; 2, Katherine Shulenberger, Ash, 59:10; 3, Abby Steinsiek, StM, 59:20; 4, Carmen Mejia, SM, 1:00.13; 5, Ellie Morgan, Hen, 1:01; 6, Mikayla Garrard, Maz, 1:01.94.

800 METERS — 1, Catherine Theobald, Ban, 2:19.45; 2, Morgan Martin, StM, 2:20.27; 3, Amanda Dalton, Cra, 2:24.67; 4, Brenna Phelps, NM, 2:25.50; 5, Kelsey Bradshaw, SM, 2:25.59; 6, Ashley Baldovino, Lak, 2.26.

1,500 METERS — 1, Raelyn Robinson, Siu, 4:55.15; 2, Sarah Kapple, SM, 4:55.98; 3, Eirann Cohen, Sum, 4:57.73; 4, Mary Bennion, St.M, 4:58.16; 5, Megan Fristoe, Sum, 4:58.50; 6, Jasmyn Andrews, Cra, 4:59.33.

3,000 METERS — 1, Kelly O'Neill, Lak, 10:27.24; 2, Ally Manley, BH, 10:40.48; 3, Jessica Vig, Cra, 11:13.21; 4, Sarah Hastings, Cra, 11:15.05; 5, Jennifer Zhu, NM, 11:15.99; 6, Kira Kelly, Sum, 11:22.72.

4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Hidden Valley (Ashley Hart, Bailey Bars, Dana Powell, Ali Rodgers) 51.56; 2, Summit, 51.76; 3, Mazama, 51.79; 4, Lakeridge, 51.09; 5, St. Mary's, 52.10; 6, Crater, 52.17.

4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Lakeridge (Caitlin Hoddevik, Paxton Nielson, Krissy Hengesh, Amy Wiley) 4:05.36; 2, St. Mary's, 4:07.15; 3, Summit, 4:11.08; 4, South Medford, 4:12.42; 5, North Medford, 4:13.17; 6, Crater, 4:13.76.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or e-mail ttrower@mailtribune.com

North Medford's Jonathan McUne heads into the turn of the 300 hurdles on Saturday. - Andy Atkinson