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Tualatin's Taylor takes aim at repeat, record


Other area stars look to qualify for Saturday's Class 6A finals

by: DAN BROOD - Tualatin High School senior Laura Taylor smiles after clearing 12 feet in the pole vault competition at last week's Pacific Conference district track and field championships.Going into the Class 6A state track and field championships, Tualatin High School senior Laura Taylor had two things on her mind.

Repeat and record.

Taylor, who won the Class 6A girls pole vault state championship last year as a junior, is looking to repeat that feat this year.

“I'm looking for the state record,” Taylor said, referring to the mark of 13 feet, 0 inches. “I'm going to be aggressive with my pole progression and with heights.”

Taylor, who won last year's state title with a height of 11-9, has already soared past that mark this year.

The University of Kansas commit has a season-best mark of 12-7. She won the pole vault title at last week's Pacific Conference district meet with a height of 12-6.

That gives her hopes of both a state championship repeat as well as a new state record.

“I'm confident,” Taylor said during last week's district meet. “I've attempted it (13-0), and have come close before. I need the right pole and the right day.”

Taylor will be going for the new Class 6A record during Friday's pole vault competition at the Class 6A state track and field championships, being held at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Her winning height of 12-6 last week set a new Pacific Conference district meet mark.

“That was nice,” Taylor said of the meet record. “My goal was just to qualify and make it to state, so I was surprised with how well it went. This was a confidence-booster.”

The Class 6A state meet girls pole vault competition is set to start at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Taylor is also slated to compete in Friday's Class 6A girls long jump competition. She was a district crown in that event with a mark of 17-9.25.

Also on Friday at the state championships, Sherwood senior Hunter Pfefferkorn will be looking to qualify for Saturday's Class 5A finals in the 400-meter dash. He had the top seed going into state competition with his Northwest Oregon Conference district title-winning time of 49.24 seconds.

Tigard senior Lindsey Rosette is the No. 2 seed in the Class 6A girls 100-meter high hurdles going into Friday's preliminaries with her district-meet time of 14.86.

Keep checking back here for updates, and for compete state track and field coverage for Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Horizon Christian and Westside Christian, see the May 29 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.