Tommy O'Neil, Treyson Wakefield lead stellar effort for the Cougars, culminating in fourth-place finish

A pair of state championship performances, including the front end of an unexpected one-two finish in the triple jump, propelled the Canby High boys track team to a fourth-place team finish at the Class 6A state track championships at Hayward Field Friday and Saturday. Tommy O'Neil ran a solid qualifying race to get into the 800 meter finals, then chopped three seconds off that qualifier to win the 800 meters in 1 minute, 52.71 seconds. O'Neil had qualified Friday in 1:55.75. PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Canby's Tommy O'Neil captured the Class 6A state track championship in the 800 meters Saturday at historic Hayward Field in Eugene. But he wasn't alone in producing solid performances. Koby Kessler snagged a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 6-2, and Drew Pierson had contributed an eighth-place finish in the long jump (20-9.75) on Friday. That set the stage for the triple jump where the Cougars grabbed hold of 18 team points. Treyson Wakefield overcame fouls on his first two jumps to get a legal attempt of 41-9.5 on his third and sneak into the finals. From there, he produced two 44-foot jumps in the finals, including his winning effort of 44-9.5 on his fifth jump. Pierson went over 43 feet twice in the prelims, then also produced his best effort of the day on his fifth jump, reaching 44-1.5 to snag second place for the Cougars. Overall, the Cougars scored 34 points, just one point behind Tualatin in third place and six behind second place Tigard (40). Central Catholic claimed the boys team title with 55 points.

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