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Klahn finishes fourth in state triple jump


Sandy girls score nine points in Eugene

by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Isaac Mitchell comes around the corner in third place early in the 1,500-meter final.EUGENE — Sandy junior Kaitlyn Klahn did plenty of running at the 5A state track meet Saturday, despite only qualifying in field events.

Klahn was kept busy around lunchtime Saturday when both of her events, the pole vault and the triple jump, got under way just minutes apart. She started the meet by clearing her first attempt (8-feet-6-inches) in the pole vault before taking a wide path across the infield to warm-up for the triple jump final.

She would make the hectic trek back and forth over the next 20 minutes, while looking for a spot on the awards stand in both events. Klahn would settle for one ribbon — a fifth-place effort in the triple jump. She went 35-3 3/4 on her first try of the finals able to leapfrog two competitors.

Sandy senior Rachel McKinnis scored the team’s only other state points with a fifth-place finish in the shot put (35-10 1/4).

? In the boys meet, junior Isaac Mitchell felt himself drifting to the back of the pack early in the 1,500-meter final, but put on a surge that saw him move into third place halfway through the race. He held that spot for almost two full laps before his legs became heavy coming off the final turn.

A pack of runners overtook Mitchell over the last 100 meters leaving him in ninth place — .38 hundredths out of a spot on the awards stands. He finished in 4:03.99.

Sandy senior Jimmy Frasier finished 11th in the 800 (2:02.65), while Josh Visan cleared 12-6 to place 12th in the pole vault.

Summit swept the team titles, scoring 81.5 points in the girls meet and 78 in the boys meet.

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