With three district champions, the Bend High boys lead the pack after day one of the Mountain Valley Conference track and field championships at Summit High School.
Bend’s Bennet Jackson won the final event of the night, finishing the 3,000-meter run in 9 minutes, 8.34 seconds.
“I just wanted to keep it slowish, try to control the tempo a little bit and then win it at the end,” said Jackson, who was able to run away from Summit’s Joe Sortor and Mason Kissell in the final 500 meters. “It’s fun to pace with those Summit boys. We’re always really close.”
Bend senior Tristen Guilfoyle won the shot put with a throw of 48 feet, 3 inches. Lava Bears Wade Jacobus and Brady Petz finished first and second in the pole vault, respectively, both clearing 13-9, but Jacobus doing it on less attempts.
Lucas Musgrave also earned an automatic berth to next weekend’s Class 6A state meet, placing second in the long jump with a mark of 21-4 for the Bears.
The Lava Bears scored 56 points to lead the eight-team field. West Salem (33), Summit (31) and Mountain View (27) are behind them in second, third and fourth, respectively.
At the top of the girls standings, the Storm are tied with West Salem, with 39 points each. The Cougars are in third with 34 points and the Lava Bears fourth with 19 points.
Summit’s Fiona Max easily won the 3,000, finishing in 10:16.66.
“I wanted to run close to my PR (9:46.16) but about halfway through the race it was pretty clear I was slowing down and it wasn’t going to happen today,” said Max, who beat second-place Anna Chau (South Salem) Thursday by nearly 16 seconds. “I’m happy that I ran smooth and had another chance to feel out things before state.”
Summit senior Jack Normand set a personal record of 22-6 1⁄2 to win the long jump.
“I’m really happy with it,” Normand said. “I didn’t expect to PR today, especially because it’s not sunny out. There’s some wind. I get to go to state now, so that’s fun. Things are starting to ramp up. We’re all ready to jump and hit the marks we’ve been trying to hit all season and everything kind of comes together around this time.”
Mountain View had two district champions Thursday. Wyatt Hebrard won the boys javelin with a throw of 169-11. Jasmine Martin and Ella Mikalson placed first and second in the girls high jump, clearing 5-7 and 5-0, respectively.
Martin also qualified for state in the long jump, leaping 17-113⁄4 to finish second. Bend’s Leah Richards (17-111⁄2) and Charli Stewart (17-11) placed third and fourth but met the state qualifying standard of 17-8.
Summit’s Kitt Rupar placed second in the girls discus with a throw of 115-9 to also qualify for state.
The MVC championships conclude Saturday at Summit.
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