Grant Union soars with strong state performances

Grant Union’s Jake Waldner placed eighth in the triple jump at state. He alsoqualified for state in the 110-meter hurdles. He’s photographed here at a Grant Union meet while airborne in the long jump

MONMOUTH - Grant Union High School's boys placed 24th out of 34 teams at the 3A State Track and Field Championships May 20-21 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Mary Roy, the lone girl, brought her team to 18th place.

"The competition in 3A was phenomenal this year. Everyone was racing really, really good," said head coach Sonna Smith.

• Senior Brent Labhart took three eighth places and one ninth place in extreme competition, she said.

He ran a 53.92 in the 400, going even faster, 52.12 in the preliminaries, to take eighth place. He also took eighth with a speedy 2:04.68 in the 800 meters.

In his newest event, the javelin, a 148-7 brought him another eighth-place award. Labhart could have placed higher, but because of running events happening at the same time, he didn't get all his throws in, noted Smith.

Labhart placed ninth in the 1,500, with his season's best time of 4:13.94.

• Roy, a sophomore, was fourth in the triple jump, with a leap of 34-01.75.

She placed fifth in the long jump, with 15-11.25, and seventh in the 400-meter run, with a time of 1:03.96.

• Nick Wilson, a junior, was unfortunately hurt on the first day, and didn't qualify for the finals. He had gone to state for both the long jump and triple jump. He took 10th place in the long jump with a mark of 18-11.

• Jake Waldner, another senior on the team who will soon graduate, placed eighth in the triple jump, with a distance of 40-7. He didn't make the finals in the 110-meter hurdles.

• Perhaps junior Trent Sohr had the best meet, said Smith. "Everything came together for him just right," she said.

Sohr took fifth in the high jump with a personal best height of 5-11. Until then, his best was 5-9, Smith noted.

"We will miss our graduating seniors (Labhart, Waldner, Ross Rawlins, Reed Rawlins, Jon Roy, Thomas Wunz and Chantal DesJardin), but we hope to build the team even more next year," she said, "and, hopefully we'll have a track we can run on."

Canyon Creek flooded the athletic field May 15-16, with the track sustaining what Smith and others are calling "major flood damage."


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