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 SETH GORDON - Newberg's Dan Harper (far left) is forced to pull up in order to avoid falling as Crater's Austin Sander's (second from left) and Centennial's Thomas Morrell III (second from right) fall near the finish line of a qualifying heat of the 800 Friday at the 6A state championship in Eugene. 

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.

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