The Oregon City High School senior clears 15-1 for a new school pole vault record in a meet at Mt. Hood Community College

GRESHAM - Friday was a history-making day for Jared Hippler.

The Oregon City High School junior set new school, school junior class and meet records in the pole vault, clearing 15-1 at the East County Classic, held at Mt. Hood Community College.

The best mark in the state by any high school athlete this season, the 15-1 vault bettered a school record set by Kevin Akers in 1988 by an inch. It also upped Oregon City's junior class record, set by Jared's brother Jack a year ago, at 14-7.

'It's the best I've ever done [in practice or in meets],' Jared said. 'It was like amazing….

'I wasn't planning to jump that high until late in the season. To get it this early, it was awesome!'

Jared said his record jump came on a pole borrowed from Concordia University's John Ellingston, because Oregon City High School didn't have a big enough poll to go that high. However, Jared said a bigger poll had been ordered and it just arrived.

'I can hardly wait to use it,' he said.

Jared also holds Oregon City's sophomore class pole vault record. His previous best jump in outdoor competition was 14-9 at last year's Junior Olympic Nationals.

'I've started resetting my goals now,' said Jared. 'My goal now is to go 15-9 or 16-0 by state, and I'm hoping for 16-6 my senior year….

'My biggest competition at state will be my brother and [Canby senior] Thomas Juhala.'

Jack Hippler and Juhala placed second and third respectively at state last year, both clearing 14-6. Jared Hippler placed fifth with a vault of 14-0.

Roseburg's Adam Brink cleared 15-7 to win state last year, but Brink has graduated.

Jack Hippler has yet to jump in competition this year because of a sprained ankle, but he was expected back this week.

The Hippler brothers' success is no accident. They train four nights a week during the off-season with Oregon pole vault guru Rick Baggett.

Oregon City's boys team scored 114 points and finished runner-up to West Salem (166-1/2) at the eight-team meet. Hermiston (87-1/2) placed third; Lakeridge (41) was eighth.

Hippler wasn't Oregon City's only winner at the East County Classic. Oregon City sophomore Tyler Ferguson won the javelin with an effort of 160-4.

Tyler Ferguson also placed third in the long jump (20-2).

Tyler's brother Trevor had a good meet, finishing runner-up in the triple jump (41-7-3/4) and placing fourth in the high hurdles (16.8) and long jump (19-10-3/4).

Oregon City senior Derek Hinkle cleared 5-11 for second place in the high jump.

Other top performers for the Pioneer boys were: senior Casey Clarke, third in the 100 (11.7); junior Alex Seigal, third in the 800 (2:00.5); sophomore Grant Wilson, fourth in the 400 (54.0); and senior Jacob Goertz, fourth in the 3,000 (8:58.7).

Oregon City (77 points) finished sixth in girls team standings. Hermiston girls won the meet with 139-1/2 points; Lakeridge girls (82) were fourth.

Oregon City had a champion in junior Emily Dent. A first-year competitor in the low hurdles, Dent won the event in 48.4. The mark ranked her sixth in the state in the low hurdles.

Oregon City junior Hannah Groshong earned runner-up honors in the 3,000 meters with a near personal record of 11:24.5.

Senior Justine Belliveau placed third in the shot put (35-10) and junior Amy Hermanson placed third in the 200 (28.0).

The Pioneer 400-meter relay team of Cook, Dent, Sarah Doble and Kaylee Kolin placed third, finishing in 4:20.

Freshman Kylee Cook placed fourth in the 400 (1:02.9) and junior Alyson Lamb placed fourth in the high hurdles (18.2).

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