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Grasso wins 200-meter showdown against Dufur teammates in potential state preview

WOODBURN INDEPENDENT PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul junior and defending 2A state triple jump champion Isabelle Wyss recorded her best mark of the season in the event, placing second at the Regis Twilight Meet with a distance of 34-00.

The annual Regis Community Twilight Meet counts as one of the premier track and field events of the season among the small schools around the Willamette Valley, providing a preview of state championship hopefuls on the eve of the upcoming district championships.

And with the assistance of ideal weather conditions, St. Paul junior Isabelle Wyss showed once again that she will be a force to be reckoned with at next week's district championship meet.

Wyss finished among the top five in four events on Friday, leading the Bucks to a fifth-place finish with 42.5 points in the girls competition.

After more than a month since running the 100-meter dash in March, Wyss shaved nearly half a second off her season best in the event, placing second overall at Regis with a personal record-time of 13.14.

She added another second-place finish in the triple jump, falling behind Katie Hanson of Gervais' meet-winning leap with a season-best mark of 34 feet that counts as her best distance of the season. Wyss's PR in the event currently stands at 36-03, which she set at last year's district championship en route to winning the 2A state title with a jump of 35-10.75.WOODBURN INDEPENDENT PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS
 - St. Paul sophomore Adam Cook barely clips the high jump bar with his calf in his attempt to clear 5-04. Cook finished the meet in sixth place with a final height of 5-02.

Wyss added a third-place finish in the long jump, leaping to a mark of 15-05 that fell less than three inches shy of the PR she set in the event the week prior. She wrapped up the day with another season-best, this time in the 200, where she placed fourth in 27.39.

Wyss was joined by senior teammate Emma Connor, who was one of eight competitors in the 3,000 meter race to finish the day with a PR, breaking her previous best by nearly 10 seconds with a third-place finish in 12:11.57.

Freshman Rianna Nowlin added a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles, setting a PR of 54.84 following an eighth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (PR 19.60) earlier in the meet.

Boys lead by Grasso

For the boys, junior Gianni Grasso competed in a likely preview of the 1A state championship race in the 200, placing second in the event with a PR of 22.97 while edging out Dufur's Tanner Masterson (23.10) and Asa Farrell (23.34). St. Paul teammate Jaden Thompson came in sixth in the event with a time of 23.59. All four times currently rank among the top five in the state at the 1A level, with Grasso leading the pack.

Though he did not compete in the event, Grasso also leads the 1A state field in the 400, where his time of 53.00 set on April 12 ranks as just 0.01 better than North Clackamas Christian junior Ian Watt.

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