Track: Three Lions place at 5A state championships
Seniors Kylie Reinholdt, Thomas Hughes and Jacob Zartman all see the podium at Hayward Field in Eugene
EUGENE – It's difficult to come any closer to a state title than the near miss had by St. Helens senior Kylie Reinholdt.
Headed into the state finals in the 5A Girls triple jump, Reinholdt had never jumped further than 36 feet, four inches. That leap came at the NWOC district championships, and something must have rubbed off for the next weekend's competition Hayward Field.
From the beginning of the triple jump event, it was a battle between the top seeds, Reinholdt in second, and Summit's Miranda Brown. Reinholdt, after scratching her first attempt, took a lead in the second round with a 36-3.75, her second-furthest jump she'd ever recorded.
Her next two rounds broke her own school record of 36-4 on consecutive jumps, setting it at 36-5 and 36-6.25.
Brown responded by raising the bar to 36-8.25 with two jumps left.
Then came the jump of Reinholdt's career. As usual, she rocked back and fourth at the far end of re runway, took a hop and split toward the pit. This time was different. She soared over her old mark, reaching 37 feet even before touching down, taking a firm lead in the triple jump finals with her eye on her first – and last – state title.
But Brown, who had leapt 37-1 in the 5A Special District 1 championships a week prior, showed exactly why she had been given the top seed by nearly five inches. Her jump was just a mite further, besting Reinholdt by a mere quarter inch to claim the state championship in the triple jump.
It was a weekend of personal bests for Reinholdt. On Friday, she set a new career mark of 17 feet, 1.25 inches in the long jump to take fourth – to Brown, and by a quarter inch.
Reinholdt also tied her season record in the high jump, clearing 4-10 before bowing out of the competition and finishing tried for 10th.
The Lions also got a podium finish from senior Jacob Zartman in the shot put. Zartman was participating in the state championships for the first time after missing the cut in his three previous seasons. It had taken a throw of 49 feet, 2.25 inches – just off of his lifetime PR – to qualify for the state meet, and Zartman delivered with a seventh place finish, throwing 45-5 and edging in for a medal and a spot on the podium.
Fellow senior Thomas Hughes, who finished in the top five in the preliminaries for both hurdle events, added to the Lions' list of perfect podium appearances. He didn't quite nick his personal best in the 110 meter hurdles, but pushed for a seventh place finish in the finals after coming in with the fifth seed.
The 300 meter event didn't go quite as well. He'd put up a time of 40.24, the third-fastest in his career, to take third in the preliminaries. Through the first 200 meters of the finals, Hughes was neck-and-neck with the leaders, but caught a toe on the second-to-last hurdle that sent him tumbling to the ground. He picked himself up to the applause of the crowd, but was too far behind to catch up, falling to eighth place but still finding a position on the podium.
The Lady Lions, much thanks to Reinholdt's single-handed efforts, placed 13th with 13 team points. The boys finished 25th with five team points.
12 Kylie Reinholdt; 2nd Triple Jump (PR), 4th Long Jump (PR), 10th High Jump
12 Thomas Hughes; 7th 110 Hurdles, 8th 300 Hurdles
12 Jacob Zartman; 7th Shot Put