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Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

There could be a few more Midwestern League long jumpers than usual heading to the state meet.

The boys and girls winner and runner-up during district meet today will automatically qualify for the OSAA Class 5A meet next week, but the next few finishers also look capable of reaching the qualifying standard.

The automatic qualifying mark for boys is 22 feet and both Marist's Austin Baird, the state leader at 23-5 1/4 , and Churchill's Tyler Reid, fourth in the state at 22-6, have gone that far this season.

Spenser Schmidt of Churchill (21-8 1/2 ) and Marist's Liam Henshaw (21-7 1/2 ) rank among the top seven jumpers in 5A and are nearing the qualifying standard. Springfield's Jonathan Emerald and Tielyr Ritnour have also exceeded 21 feet.

Marshfield's Lauren McGowne and Springfield's Whitney Bradshaw and Keerena Emerald have all gone past 17 feet this year and the automatic qualifying mark for the girls is 16-10.

Marshfield's Natasha Hill and Willamette's Kelsie Loomis have also exceeded 16 feet.

"There could be four or five qualifiers from both the boys and girls in the long jump," Springfield coach Scott Touchette said.

"The Midwestern League is pretty tough in the jumps this year, one of the best leagues in the state."

Both long jump competitions will be held this afternoon on the first day of the meet that concludes on Friday. Marshfield is looking to sweep the team titles for the second year in a row.

Marshfield has won three straight boys titles and has the top qualifier in more than half of the events led by Dalton Milburn in the shot put and discus.

Zach Hammond has the top mark in the 800 and 1,500 meters, and Colton Thurman leads the way in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles.

Connor Devereux has the top time in the 3,000 and runs on the top-seeded long relay, and Paul Harlow and Chase Messerle are the top qualifers in the pole vault.

Marist's Taylor Walcott has the top time in the 100 and helped the Spartans run the fastest time in the short relay. Marist's Colton Bloom has the fastest 400 time, and Coleman Byrum leads the 300 hurdles and Kaelen Byrum tops the javelin.

North Eugene's Nathan Starnes is the fastest in the 200 and Emerald leads the triple jump for the Millers.

Marshfield has the top mark in seven of the 17 events on the girls side, including all three jumps.

Emily Moe leads the way in the high jump with McGowne in the long jump and Shannon Boatright in the triple jump.

Freshman Madelyn Metzler has the fastest time in the 100 and 200 meters, and she helped the Pirates post the top time in the short relay. Shaylen Crook has the best time in the 3,000.

Springfield's Tiffiny Rattanaphosy is the favorite in the shot put and discus and Willamette's MacKenzie McCausland has run the top times in the 800 and 1,500.

Churchill's Rachel Pappel has the top time in both hurdle races.

Willamette's Annie Todd leads the way in the 400 and helped Willamette post the top qualifying time in the long relay. Maggie Eddings of North Eugene leads in the javelin and Samantha Tollerud of Churchill leads in the pole vault.
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Title Annotation:Track-Field; Many boys and girls long jumpers are near the state meet's automatic standard
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 16, 2012
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