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Kruse, Pirates chase goals today.

Byline: Andrew Greif For The Register-Guard

Marshfield put itself right into position to win its second straight Class 5A boys championship Friday, but the individual title Caleb Kruse has been searching for his entire career will have to wait one more day.

The Marshfield senior jumped two personal bests in the triple jump and led the event from the start until Matson Hardie of Summit won on his sixth and final attempt of the competition, jumping 47 feet, 71/2 inches.

"I can't complain with a PR," Kruse said. "Three more chances."

Kruse was second in 47-31/2, one of his few frustrations on his busy first day after qualifying first in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 4x100-meter relay. Teammate Blake Kemp also scored a point by finishing eighth in the triple jump and will join Kruse in the finals of both hurdles races today.

Hermiston leads the 5A boys team race with 23 points. South Albany is second with 20, while Summit is third with 18 and Marshfield stands sixth with 13 points.

"As long as we have kids in finals and we compete well, I think we have a shot to get some kind of trophy," first-year Marshfield coach Rich McIntosh said. "We're dreaming about a lot of things, but realistically we hope we have a good day."

Summit's boys, expected to challenge Marshfield in the team race down to the finish, stumbled early when its 4x100 relay - with the third-fastest time in Class 5A this season - was disqualified when it didn't exchange the baton in time between the second and third legs. Hardie, the anchor leg, eased the pain with his last-attempt heroics in the triple jump.

"I needed all the adrenalin I could get," Matson said.

The Storm picked up momentum and eight more points when pole vaulter Owen Quon finished second in the boys pole vault at 13 feet. Marshfield's Chris Krajcir finished fifth, one spot behind Churchill's Arie Rolfe.

Josh Peck of Mazama won the boys discus with a throw of 159-11, with Churchill's Danny Parks finishing sixth.

Michael VanDoren of South Albany won the boys shot put, throwing 56-21/2, and Marshfield's Chris Cordova scored a point by finishing eighth.

Wilder Schaaf of Ashland won the boys 3,000 final with a 17-second personal best by finishing in 8 minutes, 42.17 seconds, breaking the 5A meet record set by Ashland's Matt Miner a year ago. Springfield's Tim Costin was eighth in 8:54.21.

On the girls side, sprinter Kellie Schueler's easy first day of qualifying has Summit's girls in the running for its own team title repeat.

Schueler finished with the fastest qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 400, and helped her team finish second in 4x400 relay qualifying. With eight state individual titles, she is the prohibitive favorite to add four more today.

"I didn't waste much energy today because I want to run well tomorrow and set some state records hopefully," Schueler said. "Tomorrow will be a lot harder."

In the girls high jump, Sherwood had a 1-2 finish with Frances Pavao jumping 5-3 to win, which helped the Bowmen to second place in the team race with 18 points. Klamath Union is first with 19 points and Summit is seventh with eight.

Klamath Union's Katey Choukalos won the long jump at 17-83/4, while North Eugene's Mariah Villa was third and Elise Nelson of Thurston fifth.

Glencoe freshman Kaylie VanLoo threw a 14-inch personal best to win the girls javelin by more than 10 feet at 137-8.

The only girls final on the track was the 3,000, won by Crater's Kayleigh Tyerman in 10:13.86. Tyerman won her first state title after finishing second last year in the 800 and 3,000 and posting two runner-up finishes at the state cross country meet in her career.

"It just feels really good," Tyerman said.
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Title Annotation:Track-Field; Caleb Kruse is looking for his first individual state title as Marshfield tries to repeat as boys champ
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 23, 2009
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