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Claypool passes defending 3A shot put champ.

Byline: STEVE MIMS The Register-Guard

Joni Claypool called it the "Year of the Shot Put" at the Class 3A girls track and field meet.

It turned out to be Claypool's year, as the senior from Stayton won the event with a toss of 42 feet, 6 inches Friday at Hayward Field. Haley Hunt of Siuslaw was second at 41- 3/4 , Chevanna Lynch of Douglas was third at 39-7 1/4, and three other throwers exceeded 38 feet.

"I knew it would be me and a couple of others near the top, but it could have been anyone who won," Claypool said. "There have been four or five girls throwing over 40 feet. It is the `Year of the Shot Put.' '

Claypool entered the meet with a personal best of 41-1 in the event but surpassed that to win the title.

"I felt a push at the end of the throw. It felt like it extended," Claypool said. "But I didn't realize it was that far."

Hunt was the defending champion in the event and surpassed her winning throw from last year to place second. Hunt won with a mark of 40- 1/2 in 2001.

The Siuslaw senior who is headed to Colorado State got off to a rough start before throwing her final attempt past 41 feet.

Hunt was in sixth place before her final throw moved her up four spots.

Sophomore Danielle Jordan of Baker was dominant in the 3,000, winning by more than 23 seconds. Jordan finished in 10:18.18, and runner-up Meagan Kuntz of Cascade crossed the line in 10:42.06.

"I wanted to do what I normally do, which is go out into the lead and make the other runners work hard," Jordan said. "I felt good until about the final two laps, then it started to hurt."

Amy Cretsinger of Sisters got a busy weekend started by winning the long jump. The junior jumped 18-4 1/4 to comfortably win the event.

"My first few jumps were mediocre, but I started to feel better on my last few attempts," Cretsinger said. "I was hoping to go past 18 feet, and I did that."

Cretsinger will be in the triple jump and 300 hurdles today, and is also on Sisters' 4x100 relay team that reached the finals.

Kara Weaver of South Umpqua finished second with a leap of 17-6 1/4, followed by Jennifer Bauer of Newport at 17- 1/2 .

Sam Young was dominant in the javelin, winning with a throw of 155-8. Samantha Krier of The Dalles was second at 126-5, and Sherwood's Katrina Conrad was third at 125-8.

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All of the favorites advanced on the track for today's finals. Henley is leading the team race with 17 points, followed by Stayton at 14. Baker and Sisters have 10 points apiece.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 25, 2002
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