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Track: Zartman, Reinholdt with big performances at LC invite

Lion senior Kylie Reinholdt lept further than any girl at the Class 5A level, setting a new mark of 36 feet, nine inches at the Lower Columbia Invitational


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Lion senior Jacob Zartman lets out a yell during shot put competition at the Lower Columbia Invitational. Zartman threw a career-best 49 feet, three inches to win the shot put event.

Boys' Results

For anyone standing within earshot of the shot put rings last Saturday in St. Helens knew something special had happened. One loud yelp, a few moments of silence and a collective murmur of surprise as senior Jacob Zartmen stepped from the ring with a fist raised, clutching a new career best in the shot put and holding his ticket to first place at the Lower Columbia Invitational on April 12.

Zartman's throw, which measured 49 feet, three inches, is one of the best in the state so far, sitting at fourth behind Brayden Pinney's toss of 49 feet, 4.5 inches for Springfield.

Senior Chris Gray was the only other champion for the Lions on Saturday, besting 12 feet for the first time in his career with a jump of 12 feet, six inches.

Senior Thomas Hughes, for the first time this season, didn't finish first in either of the hurdle events, taking second place to Madison senior Schuller Rettig, who holds the best time in the state in the 300 meter hurdles, and is third in the 110 meter event. Though Hughes didn't take the top time, he still set a pair of season PRs, finishing in 15.7 seconds in the 110 meter race and in 41.64 seconds in the 300 meter race.

St. Helens senior Bryan Strang, the Lions' leader in the distance races, took fifth in the 1,500 meter run with a season-best time of four minutes, 21 seconds.

Senior Corey West finished third in the discus competition, finishing an inch better than Forest Grove's Tate DeScully at 131 feet, nine inches.

Sophomore Bryce Bumgardner was one of the bright young spots for the Lions, placing fourth in the high jump, just two inches off of his career PR.

In the triple jump, it was senior Gage Bumgardner and sophomore Nolan Adams making a pair of collective splashes, finishing with marks of 38 feet, four inches and 38 feet, 3.25 inches respectively. Both were new career highs.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Nicole Harcourt competes in her heat of the 200 meter run.

Girls' Results

On the girls' side, the biggest highlights all belonged to senior Kylie Reinholdt. She helped the 4x100 relay team – made up of Alyna Habel, Alyssa Holz and Nicole Harcourt – take fourth with a time of 53.83, beating the Scappoose contingent by less than a second and took second place in the high jump with a leap of four feet, 10 inches. But the most impressive feat was feet first in the triple jump pit. Reinholdt jumped 35 feet, nine inches, just five inches off of her 2012 mark of 36-2, and setting the Class 5A standard by 2.5 inches over Summit's Miranda Brown.

In addition to Reinholdt's antics, the Lions got top-10 finishes from a number of athletes on Saturday. Freshman Lillianna Shriver placed ninth in the 400 in her first try in the event at the high school level. Senior Alyna Habel ran the 100 meters in 18.25 seconds, good for sixth place. Junior M'Kenzie Brookes placed seventh in the shot put, throwing 29 feet, five inches for a new career PR. Senior Kennen Hembree set a new season PR in the javelin, throwing just short of her career best, but tossing 98 feet, five inches for fifth place. Senior Alyssa Holz finished seventh in the high jump, just two inches behind Reinholdt at four feet, eight inches, and sophomore Angela Willson took ninth in the pole vault, setting a 6 feet, six inch mark.

Parkrose will be the next to host St. Helens in a meet on Wednesday, April 16 before the Lions travel to Wilsonville on Saturday, April 19.