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Pioneer junior Sophia Beckmon adds to state record in Pioneers' win at Jesuit.

COURTESY PHOTO: HOWARD LAO - Oregon City junior Sophia BeckmonOregon City's win in the girls division of the prestigious Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays on Friday, April 29, provided a good measuring stick for a star-studded Pioneers team that is laser-focused on pursuing a Class 6A championship.

Highlighted by the performance of junior Sophia Beckmon, who added to her state record in the long jump, Oregon City scored 61 points to finish ahead of Summit (49.5), Jesuit (49), West Linn (37), Tahoma, Washington, (37), Tualatin (34) and Central Catholic (30).

The Pioneers, winners of the season-ending Class 6A meet last year, showed that they are on course to challenge for the big-school title when they get to Hayward Field on May 20-21.

"Jesuit's a fabulous meet, so it was really cool for the girls," Oregon City coach Kristin Mull said. "The meet's set-up and events definitely lended to our strengths."

Beckmon won the long jump and finished third in the elite 100 meters, and senior Harley Daniel won the 100 high hurdles and took second in the long jump. Beckmon and Daniel joined senior Grace Leasure and sophomore Samara Lugo to win the 4 x 100 relay and place third in the 4 x 400 relay.

Leasure also finished third in the triple jump, and freshman Lucille Leasure placed fifth in the high jump.

Beckmon came through with a long jump of 19 feet, 11 inches, beating her previous state record of 19-10 ¼, set last summer. She hit 19-11 on her first attempt, 19-10 ¾ on her second jump and fouled on her third try, then shut it down before heavy rains arrived.

Entering the meet, Beckmon's best jump this season was 19-5 ¼ at the Summit Invitational on April 16. She has been dealing with knee soreness for much of the season.

"I don't know when she's taken a break," Mull said. "We're just trying to manage it. She's still super young and learning how to treat her body. Our trainer's got an eye on her. We're just going to keep making sure we help her manage that.

"She's an incredible competitor, but she's also a very intelligent athlete."

Daniel won the 100 hurdles in 14.41, well off her PR of 14.04 but still good enough to win by .51 seconds over North Salem junior Jordan Koskondy. Daniel also long-jumped 18-9, her best mark since going 18-4 as a freshman.

"She's always super busy with the hurdles, and the Twilight offered the opportunity to not have those things conflict," Mull said. "Hurdles are obviously super demanding, so when they conflict in a dual-meet situation, she only takes one or two jumps. And she didn't have to do that."

Oregon City's 4 x 100 relay won in 48.12 seconds, just off the school record of 48.10 the team set at the Willamette Falls Invitational the previous week. The team's latest effort might have been even more impressive, however, considering the Pioneers did it in the rain.

"Just seeing their fight and battling until the end, it was super cool to see," Mull said.

High marks

The Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays featured several other outstanding individual performances.

In the girls elite 100, Lake Oswego sophomore Mia Brahe-Pedersen (11.45) edged Roosevelt senior Lily Jones (11.46).


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