Tualatin sending a strong group to the Class 6A state meet

by: DAN BROOD - SO CLOSE -- Tualatin High School junior Ryan Wisner smiles after he barely hit the bar on his third attempt at 6 feet, 8.25 inches during the high jump competition at the Pacific Conference track and field district meet. Wisner cleared 6-6 to take first place in the event. TUALATIN — As the season has gone on, Ryan Wisner has seemed to go higher and higher.

Now, with just one meet to go, he hopes that there’s nowhere to go but up.

Wisner, a junior on the Tualatin High School boys track and field team, soared to the championship in the high jump event to provide one of the highlights for the Timberwolf squads at the Pacific Conference District Championships, held last Thursday and Friday at Tualatin High School.

“I’m pretty excited,” Wisner said Friday after taking the district title in the high jump event. “I’m pretty happy right now.”

Wisner, and some of his Tualatin teammates, will next be competing at the Class 6A State Championships.

The top two finishers in every event at the district meet, as well as those individuals or relay teams that meet state qualifying standards or earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Wisner should have plenty of momentum on his side heading into the state meet following his performance at the district DAN BROOD - BEAU KNOWS -- Tualatin High School senior Beau Kennedy soared to victory in the triple jump at the Pacific Conference district meet.

Wisner, along with Newberg junior Trevor Danielson and Tigard junior Elijah Greenwalt-Simon, were the only three competitors who cleared 6 feet, 1 inch. Wisner and Danielson each cleared 6-3.

But, with the bar at 6-6, Wisner was the only competitor to clear that height, giving him a new personal-best mark and the district championship.

Wisner then had the bar moved to 6-8.25, as he tried for a new school record. He missed on all three of his attempts at that height, but came very close to clearing the bar on his final attempt.

“I thought I had it on the last jump,” he said.

He may get another chance this week at the Class 6A state meet.

“I’m really excited for state,” he said. “I’d like to get 6-8. I just want to jump my best.”

The Tualatin boys picked up another jumping victory at the district meet, as senior Beau Kennedy took first place in the triple jump with a mark of 42-7.25.

“I’m very happy and excited,” Kennedy said of winning the district title. “I worked hard and it paid off.”

Kennedy’s winning mark was a new personal best by two inches.

“I prepared more,” he said.

He’s hoping to better his mark at state.

“I think I’ll do good,” he said. “There will be some good competition. I hope to PR again.”

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING STRONG -- Tualatin sophomore Matthew Lovos (center) qualified for state in both the 1,500 and 3,000-meter runs. Tualatin sophomore Matthew Lovos earned a trip to state in two events. Last Thursday at district, Lovos ran to victory in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9 minutes, 5.83 seconds. On Friday, Lovos used a strong finishing kick to take second place in the 1,500 in a time of 4:18.37.

Another Timberwolf sophomore, Garrison Saina, took first place in the shot put event at the district meet with a mark of 45-8.5.

The Tualatin boys finished in fourth place in the team standings with 100 points.

The Tualatin girls looked to be at their best in the triple jump at the district meet.

Timberwolf freshman Karina Moreland took first place in the event with a distance of 36-0. Tualatin junior Emily Wisler was second with a mark of 35-9.25.

Wisler also qualified for state in the long jump, where she took second place with a mark of 16-11.

In the pole vault, Tualatin junior Laura Taylor placed second at district with a height of 11-6. Tigard sophomore Liz Prouty won the event with a mark of 11-10. Prouty and Taylor have the top two Class 6A marks for the event going into the state meet.

Tualatin junior Lauren Balsiger placed third in the pole vault at district with a height of 10-1, which was good enough to get her a wild card bid to the state meet.

The Tualatin girls finished in fifth place in the team standings at district with 72 points.

The Tigard boys and girls claimed the district meet team titles.

Field event competition at the state meet is set to start at 9 a.m. on Friday with running events beginning at 10 p.m. On Saturday, field events start at 9:30 a.m. and running event finals start at 12:30 p.m.

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