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Cardinals score in field events at state

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Corbett High senior Devin Weien gets over the bar on his way to third place in the high jump Saturday.EUGENE — Corbett High senior Devin Weien kept inching the bar high with clutch jump after clutch jump before only a handful of competitors were left at the 4A state track championships Saturday.

Weien ensured himself a place on the high jump podium after clearing 6 feet on his second attempt — a height that knocked out nearly half of the remaining jumpers. He added a third-attempt clearance at 6-2.

The bar moved up an inch — about the size of the top knuckle on your thumb.

Weien got himself over on his first attempt — almost. His shoe clipped the bar on its way over, forcing him to try it again.

His next jump looked similar to the first, but this time the bar jiggled only slightly and was never in danger of falling off.

Weien had guaranteed himself no worse than third place.

And that is exactly where he would land after three misses at his personal-best of 6-4.

Newport’s Brendan Thurber-Blaser would clear 6-6 to win the event, getting seven first-attempt clearances along the way.

On the girls side, Rhiley Fritz came away with the team’s best effort — a second-place finish in Friday’s javelin final.

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