Senior Jacob Zartmen throws 50-3.25 to set a new lifetime personal record

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Senior Jacob Zartman (left) broke his old record in teh shot put with a throw of over 50 feet last Saturday.Lion senior Jacob Zartman has had a big week. On Saturday in McMinnville, Zartman shattered two lifetime personal records in the shot put and discus competitions at the McMinnville Invitational. He pushed past his old discus mark with a throw of 127 feet, 10 inches to take fourth, but the biggest step was a throw of 50 feet, 3.25 inches in the shot put: a new career best and one of the best throws in school history. He's now third in the Class 5A rankings in the shot put, which feoneature only three athletes to break 50 feet this season.

The Lion boys finished with 111 points, taking third out of 10 teams at the competition. The girls took fourth with 67.5 points behind McMinnville, Clackamas and West Albany.

Senior Kylie Reinholdt was up to her usual business, out-jumping the entire field in the triple jump once again, taking first with a jump of 35 feet, 6.5 inches. She was just a quarter inch shorter than McMinnville's Dakota Buhler in the long jump, falling behind last week's mark of 17-1 and was two inches under the winner of the high jump and tied for second with fellow Lion Alyssa Holz.

Bryan Strang got back on pace in the distance races, sweeping both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs with times of 4:25.20 and 9:26.90 respectively, the latter being a new season-best.

Fellow senior Thomas Hughes, who has finished in the top two in every hurdle event this season, fell a second behind first-place winner Connor McLean of Clackamas in the 110 meter race in McMinville and finished as the runner-up. He then ran a new season-best 40.98 in the 300 meter event – less than a second off his lifetime PR – and still took second to McLean, who ran a 39.57.

Corey West came within a little over a foot of breaking his lifetime mark of 132 feet in the discus, rebounding from a tough few weeks in which he struggled to break 130 feet.

The Lions also got a pair of strong showings in the jumps. Sophomore Bryce Bumgardner took third in the high jump, tying his career-best mark of five feet, eight inches while setting a new lifetime record in the 100 meters with a time of 12.11 seconds.

Senior Chris Gray took second in the pole vault, also tying a career-best mark of 13 feet, which he set on April 19 at the Wilsonville Invitational. Junior Jessie Vanderwall took third, vaulting 12 feet, six inches.

Lions senior Gage Bumgardner set a new career-best mark in the triple jump, leaping 38 feet, 9.25 inches.

On the girls' side, freshman Lillianna Shriver is shaping up to be a strong competitor in the 400, setting a new PR of 64.97 seconds to take fourth place in McMinnville. Shriver has improved steadily with each outing this season, and has been an anchor for both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams at times.

Another freshman, Josie Hanna, took third in the 800 meters with a new lifetime best 2:29.15.

A few days later at Milwaukie High School, the Lions came out with mixed results. Strang set a new career best, breaking his old mark in the 800 with a time of 2:08.76 and senior Corey West finally returned to form in the discus, throwing a new lifetime-best 137 feet to win the competition.

Shriver once again showed off her speed to win the 800 with a time of 2:44.08.

The St. Helens boys won the meet, topping Milwaukie's 55 points with 78 of their own. On the girls' side, Milwaukie pushed past St. Helens to edge the Lions 70-53. Portland Waldorf High School, a Class 1A school, took third on both sides.

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