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Dan Harper maneuvers his way into 800 final
Making his debut as an individual competitor at the 6A state meet, Newberg's Dan Harper ran his way into the final of the 800 Friday, making his charge at the final turn and avoiding a pile up at the finish line to post a time of 1:56.37.
Harper was making his way around Crater's Austin Sanders on the outside lead pack that was four-wide when disaster nearly struck.
The Newberg senior avoided a tumble after Centennial's Thomas Morrell III, who was to the inside of Sanders but to the right of David Douglas' Joshua Killebrew, caused Sanders to tumble by reaching out with his right hand as he tried to lean in as he crossed the finish line.
Harper pulled up in time to avoid falling himself, adding a fraction of a second to his time, but his mark was still good enough to qualify seventh for Saturday's final.