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Track: Raya, Klippel advance to state after day one at Cowapa League championships

Alix Raya sets a new PR in the long jump to win first, Kenny Klippel dominates shot put and takes second in the discus to advance to the state chamionships


Headed into the Cowapa League championships, senior Alix Raya's best mark in the long jump was 15 feet, 10 inches. She sat in third in the league listings behind Danielle and Kelly Willyard of Seaside, with just an outside chance of making the state competition in Eugene next weekend.

But at the end of day one of the league championships, Raya had put up a massive new personal record, jumping 16-4.75 to beat the Willyard sisters by an inch and a half, with the district title and advance to state.

It was the only girls' qualification on the first day for Scappoose at the track and field district meet, which finalized the 3,000, high jump, long jump and javelin events for the girls.

On the boys' side, the Indians will send two athletes in three separate events, headlined by another impressive performance from senior Kenny Klippel in the throws. Klippel came just short of his lifetime record in the shot put, throwing 50 feet, five inches for first place, beating out Jake Sandhagen by nearly eight feet for the league title. In addition, Klippel came up with a good mark to take second in the discus with a throw of 148 feet, five inches.

Junior Dan Carrier rounded out the Indians' state representatives from the first day of competition, taking second in the 3,000 meter run behind Hector Rojo of Tillamook and posting a 9:27.19.

The relay and sprinting events, in which the Scappoose boys are expected to dominate, will take place on Friday afternoon. Nick Rust and Jarrett White ran the fastest two times in the preliminaries on Thursday, finishing in 11.73 and 11.59 respectively. Wesly Stirk of Tillamook is close on their heals after posting an 11.6, but none of the other finalists have cleared 12 seconds.

Similarly, Scappoose has two runners gunning for a state berth in the 400. Devin King of Banks, who holds the league's fastest time, ran a 50.56 to lead Tribe senior Justice Oman heading to the finals. Oman and Mychal Hortert, the two quickets Indians in the event, posted times of 50.67 and 52.17, respectively.

Oman ran the best preliminary time in the 200, inching toward his personal record but not needing a career day to head to the finals in first with a time of 22.61. King and Rust are neck-and-neck for second place, battling for the final state championship spot.

Tribe junior David Krupsky also has an outside chance to make state in the boys' 300 meter hurdles after taking second with a time of 42.89 in the preliminaries.

Scappoose has plenty of strong participants in the finals on the girls' side as well. Eleanor Jones and Allison Kilday of Seaside were top-two in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing a hundredth of a second apart.

Senior Charlie Davidson has a solid shot at making the state championships in two events. Klippel will also gun for his third events with a chance to place in the top-two in the boys' javelin.

The Scappoose girls' 4x400 relay has be the second-fastest so far this season, leading the third-place team by nearly 15 seconds and little more than a second behind the best time from Yamhill-Carlton.

Field events, including the boys' javelin and high jump, and the girls' shot put and pole vault, are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Yamhill-Carlton High School. Track events will begin at 4 p.m.

Results from day one:

State Qualifiers:

12 Alix Raya; long jump champion

12 Kenny Klippel; Shot put champion, discus 2nd

TEAM SCORES

Boys:

Banks 44

Seaside 41

Scappoose 29

Astoria 16

Tillamook 13

Yamhill-Carlton 13

Girls:

Banks 44

Scappoose 40

Seaside 35

Tillamook 29.5

Yamhill-Carlton 29.5

Astoria 17