Grant Union gets ready for final jumps of season

Grant Union’s Brent Labhart qualified for the maximum number of events – four – at state. He and four other Prospectors have high hopes for the competition. In photo, he’s flanked by distance coach Richard Thompson and head coach Sonna Smith.

VALE - Five Grant Union track and field athletes are ready to head to state.

At the district competition in Vale on May 13 and 14, Brent Labhart, a senior, qualified for state in four events: the 400-meter run, the 800-meter run, the 1,500-meter run, and the javelin.

Labhart took first in the 400, with a time of 52.15, a personal best.

He took second in the other three events. His time in the 800, 2:03.57, was a season best, as was his 10:21.01 in the 3,000. His javelin throw of 156-4 was a personal best.

Mary Roy, a sophomore, qualified for state in three events: the long jump, triple jump and 400-meter run.

Roy took first place in the long jump, measuring a 17-01.5 into the pit. It set a new district meet record, previously set by Grant Union's Jacee Retherford in 2008. It was also a personal and season best.

Roy's triple jump was a best at 34-06, also a first- place finish.

Roy also took third place in the 400, but qualified for state with a season's best time of 63.07.

Junior classman Nick Wilson qualified with his first-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump, and in the 200 meters.

He leapt for 43-04.75 in the triple, and 21-02 in the long jump. His long jump was a new season best.

Wilson clocked 23.91 for the 200 meters, a season best.

Both he and Mary Roy were named Field Event Athletes of the meet.

Jake Waldner, a soon-to-graduate senior, qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles, 110-meter hurdles and triple jump.

In the 300-meter hurdles, he clocked a 43.74 for a first-place finish in the preliminaries. It was a personal and season best time.

In the 110-meter hurdles, he took a second place, with 16.65, another best mark.

His third place triple jump mark, was also a personal and season best, qualified at 41-08.

Trent Sohr qualified for state in the high jump. The sophomore took first place in the event, with a new personal and season best mark of 5-9.

"We have people in multiple events who really came through," Smith said. "We had some outstanding performances that didn't make it to state, too. A lot of our athletes did their best of the season, but others did too. The athletes' performances end things on a high note for those who didn't make it to state."

Each of the athletes going has at least one field event, something that's difficult to practice for with the recent flooding and resulting damage of the Grant Union track. "The high jump area is particularly trashed," said Smith.

Because of the damage, the athletes were set to head to Burns High School on Tuesday, where the Hilanders have offered use of their track for practice. Wednesday, they were to travel to Salem. State championships get underway Friday, May 20, and conclude Saturday, May 21 on the Western Oregon University campus at Monmouth.

Among state 3A athletes:

Nick Wilson is ranked No. 1 in the triple jump, and No. 5 in the long jump.

Mary Roy is No. 3 in the long jump, and No. 9 in the 200 meters.

Brent Labhart is No. 6 in the 400 meters.

Jake Waldner is No. 8 in the triple jump.

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