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TRACK: Molalla's Darian Baughman fifth in 4A boys' long jump; Emily Bever advances to girls' 800 final

Baughman had a personal best of 20 feet, 9 3/4 inches on his final attempt, while Bever moved into position to make a run at a third consecutive state title during Friday's OSAA track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.


by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Sometimes, the homemade t-shirts are better than anything that's available at the souvenir stands.Molalla senior Darian Baughman popped a personal best of 20 feet, 9 3/4 inches on his final attempt of the competition to place fifth in the Class 4A boys’ long jump during Friday’s finals of the OSAA track and field championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field.

Baughman, who entered the meet with a best of 20-1 1/2, had three marks of 20-2 or better after finishing as the runner-up at last week’s Tri-Valley Conference district meet.

Hidden Valley’s Mike’l Andreasen also had a PR of 22-1 on his final attempt to capture top honors, while three other jumpers jumped 21 feet or better. Tri-Valley Conference champion Ben Hortaleza of La Salle Prep finished fourth at 21-0.

In the boys’ 400, Molalla senior Scott Chance came up short in his bid to advance to Saturday’s final, placing fifth in his heat with a time of 51.86 -- a half-second off his personal best set at last week’s district meet.

Chance hopes to score points Saturday for the Indians, running in the finals of both the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay.

Sophomore Drew Vandenbroeder of Molalla placed fifth in his 110 high hurdles heat with a time of 16.02, but was 10th overall and failed to advance to the finals.

On the girls’ side, Molalla sophomore Brianna Loughridge placed 12th in Friday's finals of the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:41.14, finishing more than a minute off the winning pace set by Marshfield’s Shaylen Crook (10:12.27)

Molalla senior Emily Bever moved into position to make a run at a third consecutive Class 4A girls’ 800 title, advancing to Saturday’s 3:18 p.m. final after placing second in the faster of Friday’s two preliminaries with a time of 2:20.29.

Charlie Danielson of Scappoose posted Friday’s top qualifying time of 2:19.31.

Sophomore Audrey Bever of Molalla finished fifth in the slower of the two 800 preliminaries with a time of 2:28.28, but placed 12th overall to fall short of advancing to Saturday’s finals.

Indians’ freshman Rachel Bring qualified for the state meet in both the discus and the shot put. Both finals are Saturday -- the shot put at 12:30 p.m., followed by the discus at 3:15 p.m.

— Jim Beseda / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.