The Sandy boys put up 25 points at the 5A track championships

by: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandys Kaden Walker goes over the bar at 13-feet-9-inches during his fifth-place effort in the pole vault. EUGENE — The bar kept going up and up, but Sandy’s Kaden Walker kept getting over the top.

Walker found himself locked into a pack of vaulters as the bar neared 13 feet, but he kept clearing heights and was the first one over at 13 feet. Four jumpers faced make-or-break attempts at that point in the competition — two got over, two did not.

Walker kept the pressure on his opponents with a first-attempt clearance at 13-feet-6-inches, but the Hood River duo of Patrick Crompton and Parker Kennedy matched him.

Walker tied his personal best from the district meet a week earlier by clearing 13-9 on his second attempt, but settled for fifth place when the Hood River teammates went on to clear 14 feet.

Liam Henshaw didn’t enter the competition until only a handful of competitors remained and ended up winning with a 5A record vault of 15-8.

Sandy distance runner Isaac Mitchell sat in seventh place halfway through the 1,500-meter final, but moved up a few spots to fifth at the bell lap and held his position down the stretch, crossing the finish line in 4:03.43. He took fourth in the 3,000 (8:42.36) on Friday night.

Sprinter Ryan Skidmore picked up a seventh-place finish in the 200 (22.91) and Robert Bierly was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.89). Sandy’s 1,600 relay of James DeBatty, Carter Knox, Skidmore and Bierly finished sixth (3:26.81).

In the field events, Eli Miller took seventh in the discus (136-5), getting his best throw on his first spin in the ring — an effort that had him in third place after the opening round.

Sandy was 12th in the team standings with 25 points. Marist won with 67.

Raquel Pellecer was the only Sandy athlete to reach the awards stand on the girls side with a fifth-place finish in the javelin (123-2).

Summit won the girls crown with 125 points.

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