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Former Buff honored at WOU


   Kira Langnese has made life after Madras worth soaring over.
   A Madras High graduate of 2000 who earned first-team all-league soccer honors and second-team all-league track and field honors while competing for the White Buffalos -- Langnese was selected by teammates as Western Oregon track and field's Most Improved Female this spring.
   Now between her junior and senior years, Langnese tossed the javelin and pole vaulted for the Wolves during this spring.
   She also pole vaulted during some indoor track and field meets. There is no javelin competition indoors, however.
   Coming off a season in which her best pole vault was a nine-foot, six-inch effort, Langnese had increased her best height to 9-9 early this season but endured some struggles which left that unimproved going into the conference meet.
   But Langnese showed good enough form to clear 10-10.75 in the conference meet. That earned her Western Oregon team seventh-place points in that event.
   Her efforts in the javelin at the conference meet also landed Langnese seventh, while also helping Western Oregon in the team scoring for the women's standings.
   Along with her placings in the conference meet, Langnese earned recognition for doing well in the classroom.
   She had a high enough grade point average in the academic period before her track season to earn a spot on the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference's all-academic team, Langnese proudly noted.
   Langnese wants to qualify for the nationals in the pole vault next year, she said. She would have had a provisional qualifying height had she launched herself over the bar when it was at 11-2.