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Looking to soar to new heights

Track: Sherwood sophomore Kathryn Mariman is looking to set a new school record in the pole vault
by: DAN BROOD, OVER THE BAR — Sherwood sophomre Kathryn Mariman goes over the bar in the pole vault competition in the Bowmen's meet with St. Helens.

SHERWOOD - Kathryn Mariman likes soaring to new heights.

She's hoping that those new heights will give her a new school record.

She's already close.

Mariman, a Sherwood High School sophomore, has the girls school pole vault record in her sights. She came close to setting a new school standard in the event, despite cold, windy conditions, at the Bowmen's Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet with St. Helens, held last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

'I'm almost there,' Mariman said with a smile at last week's meet.

She's close - very close.

The Sherwood school record for the girls pole vault is 10 feet, 4 inches. At the first meet of the 2008 season, the Sherwood Relays held March 12, Mariman had a personal-best mark of 10-3.

At last week's meet, Mariman defeated all of the competition by clearing 9-9. From that mark, she went right for the school record, having the bar raised to 10-6.

On her third and final try at the record height, Mariman just barely hit the bar, knocking it down.

'It was close,' she said.

But she's got plenty more season left to get that school record - and maybe more.

'I really want to get the school record, and maybe get over 11 feet,' said Mariman, who also competes in the hurdles events for the Lady Bowmen. 'That would be great.'

That wouldn't be bad at all for someone in just their third year pole vaulting. Last year, as a freshman, Mariman had a season-best mark of 10-0 in the pole vault. She tied for fourth place at last year's NWOC district meet with a height of 9-4.

This year, it looks like qualifying for the Class 5A state meet looks to be a possibility for Mariman.

'That would be nice,' she said. 'But there's a lot of good competition in this league.'

Meanwhile, she's just having fun while aiming for a school record.

'I just really like the pole vault,' she said. 'It's really fun getting up in the air, and pole vaulters are a good group. It's always fun.'

Despite Mariman's victory in the pole vault, the Sherwood girls fell 83-62 to St. Helens at last week's league opener.

The Lady Bowmen had a strong meet in the field events. Sherwood sophomore Frances Pavao cleared 5-2 to win the high jump. Sophomore Kassee Flint had a winning throw of 95-1 in the discus and sophomore Kaitlyn Harbick won the long jump with a distance of 13-10¾.

On the track, Lady Bowmen sophomore Mesha Perkins won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1 minute, 5.6 seconds. Junior Kristin Oenning won the 800 in 2:42.3.

The Sherwood boys scored an 81½-62½ win over the Lions at last week's meet to get their league season off to a winning start.

Sherwood senior Curtis Fisher had a pair of victories in the jumping events. He won the long jump with a mark of 20-2½ and he had a winning distance of 41-5 in the triple jump.

Bowmen sophomore Scott Southwell had a winning toss of 105-4 in the discus and he placed first in the shot put with a mark of 45-10. Also in the field events, junior Jordan Bigam won the pole vault at 9-6 and freshman Griffin Ruehl had a winning height of 5-8 in the high jump.

On the track, Sherwood junior Tyler Holstrom triumphed in the 400 in 56.03. Junior Luke Widows won the 800 in 2:12.3. Senior Joel Hale had a winning time of 4:24.7 in the 1,500 and Greg Crump won the 110 high hurdles in 17.84.