Hot time in the pit vaults Wiley to victory.
CORRECTION (ran 7/19/2005): Jonathon Riley competed for Stanford University. In a story on Page E1 of Monday's sports section he was identified incorrectly as a former Arkansas runner.
The pole vault pit was the place to be for area girls on the final day of the Track City International Classic Track Meet.
On a day when temperatures on the track and on the field soared into the low 90s, there was no hotter event than the pole vault, where local competitors outnumbered the out-of-staters and a pair of girls from Pre Track Club in Coos Bay came out winners.
Pre's Amber Wiley outjumped a field of eight that included teammates Moriah Roberge and Emily Whaley, Eugene's Lindsay Beard and Emerald Valley's Lindsay Spencer to win the intermediate girls division (10-6) with a mark nine inches lower than her PR of 11-3.
Beard, who competed unattached, cleared 10 feet to finish second. Spencer (9-5 3/4 ), Roberge (9-5 3/4 ) and Whaley (8-0) finished fourth through seventh, respectively.
"I've been off a little in my timing, and I think it got in my head (and) I was squishing the pole," said Beard, whose PR is 10-10.
Wiley and Beard weren't the only standouts in the pole vault.
Brooke Davison of Pre Track Club cleared 8-11 3/4 to win the youth girls division, followed by Emerald Valley's Alixandra Saxon (8-0) in second and Track City's Megan Roberts (6-11 3/4 ) tied for third.
Roberge's older sister Muriel came up over a foot short of her 12-foot PR (10-11 3/4 ) to finish fourth in the young women's division. Team Idaho's Annellise Bertleson and Megan Perner each jumped 12 feet to finish 1-2.
"My steps didn't seem to be on time. I don't know why," said Roberge, who declared her track season over. "I'm taking some time off now. I'm ready to be done."
Track City veteran Damaris Tucker of Junction City wasn't in as much of a hurry for the meet or her season to end.
"It's my last Track Classic ever, which is sad, and I wanted to come out here and make a good memory of it and I had a good time," said Tucker, who added a fourth place in the triple jump (33-10 1/4 ) to Saturday's second in the long jump and third in the high jump.
In the boys events, Emerald Valley's Chris Ling had an outstanding day, finishing first in the youth boys 100-meter hurdles in 14.5 seconds and clearing 11-6 1/4 to win the pole vault.
In addition, Track City's Donovon Rubio and JJ Juilfs finished 1-2 in the midget boys high jump, with each clearing 4-7 and Rubio winning on fewer misses.
Three meet records fell on the event's final day.
Julie Bortsmayer of the Caltaf team (7:42.77) and Jared Swehosky of Salem Track Club (6:07.14) reset the standards in the young women's and men's 2,000 steeplechase, respectively.
Jaclyn Espinoza, competing unattached, threw the discus 149-2 to break the young women's mark.
Nyerin Buckley, a bantam from 3M Track Club in Oakland, Calif., was the girls winner in the 100-meter race of champions (11.84), which features 100 winners from each age division who compete with staggered starts. LeAntone Simmons, of Portland's Inner City Steppers, ran 11.0 to win the boys race.
Nyerin Buckley (right) won the 100-meter race of champions, which features a staggered start.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; Track City Classic wraps up at Hayward Field with three meet records on final day|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jul 18, 2005|
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