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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

UPDATED: Taft High’s French shoots for the stars at Stayton Twilight

JJ French clears 12′ 6″ for a PR (Photos by Lon French)

Taft High’s JJ French bettered his week-old personal-best leap of 12 feet by a whopping six inches Friday for a sophomore school record in the pole vault at the 25-team Stayton Twilight track and field meet.

“Clearing 12-6 and setting the sophomore record was a fun accomplishment, but I had my eye set on 13 feet,” said French, who tied for fourth with fellow sophomore Carter Bell of Marist among 34 competitors from schools of all classes.

Senior Chase Howerton of Marshfield won the event at 13-6, while senior teammate Kamren Chard and Crosshill Christian junior Luke Bennett shared second at 13 feet.

“The record and new PR [personal record] didn’t really hit me like it has in the past,”¬†French said, “but I left the meet feeling accomplished and look forward to a few more shots at the school record.”

COMPLETE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Also posting top-20 finishes for the Taft boys were junior Elin Fitch (14th in the high jump), junior Edson Fuentes (15th, 1,500), junior Tristan Beach (17th, javelin), senior Jacob Mayoral (17th, pole vault) and freshman Sam Cortes (17th, 3,000).

Finishing in the top 20 for the Taft girls were freshman Kadence James (tied for eighth, high jump), senior Savannah Russo (10th, javelin), junior Brooke Orendorff (17th, high jump), junior Ella Knott (19th, javelin), junior Sammy Halferty (20th, 400) and sophomore Avery Nightengake 20th, 1,500).

Silverton won the boys team title over Hidden Valley 99-60, while the two schools swapped places in the girls competition, 108.5-85.

Several Taft athletes who have won events this season will return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Meet of Champions in Sweet Home.

Team Results

Boys
1. Silverton 99
2. Hidden Valley 60
3. Hockinson 52.5
4. McKay 51
5. Tualatin 45
6. St Helens 43
6. South Salem 43
8. Marshfield 42.5
9. Tillamook 42
10. Creswell 30
11. Stayton 24
12. Junction City 23
13. Catlin Gabel 20
14. Marist 18
15. Amity 10
15. Crosshill Christian 10
17. Corvallis 9
18. Scio 7
18. Central Linn 7
20. North Marion 6
21. Taft 5
21. Falls City 5
23. Seton Catholic 4
24. Faith Bible Christian 3
24. La Pine 3
26. City Christian 1
Girls
1. Hidden Valley 108.5
2. Silverton 85
3. Tualatin 76
4. Marshfield 47
5. South Salem 46
6. Blanchet Catholic 41
7. Seton Catholic 39
8. Corvallis 29
9. St Helens 26
10. Yamhill-Carlton 23
11. Junction City 22
11. Hockinson 22
13. Stayton 19
14. Faith Bible Christian 15
15. Marist 13
16. McKay 11
17. Catlin Gabel 8
18. La Pine 7
18. North Marion 7
20. Central Linn 5
21. Tillamook 4
21. Creswell 4
23. Willamina 3
24. Corbett 2
25. Taft .5

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Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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