Sandy boys place four at state
GRESHAM — The Sandy boys track and field team sent four athletes to the awards podium at last month's 6A state championship meet hosted by Mt. Hood Community College.
Sandy senior Jackson Staples reached the highest step for the Pioneers by taking third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-feet-5-inches on his final attempt to leave a couple competitors behind.
"I cleared my head and tried to visualize my jump," Staples said. "Getting over that bar was the happiest moment of my day."
He made his first two bars on his first attempts and got over 6-4 on his second try to guarantee himself a medal.
Teammate Tanner Brewster came in fifth in the discus. He sat in seventh place before moving up two spots with his best throw of 149-5 on his final spin in the ring.
"It felt great. It was my last throw of the year, so I told myself I had to make it a good one," Brewster said. "I practiced a lot in discus this week, knowing this was my most dominant event."
Nicholas Olsen finished seventh in the shot put with a best effort of 47-10 early in the competition. He was one of five throwers with three or more marks beyond 47 feet.
Cole Hoecker finished seventh in the 400-meter dash (50.3 seconds), leaning through a tight pack at the finish line. He came up 0.2 tenths out of fourth place.
Sandy finished with 14 points — the second highest total among Mount Hood Conference schools.
Marley Salveter came up with Sandy's top finish in the girls meet by placing sixth in the 100 (12.35), while Keeley Rasmussen came up seventh in the discus (130-3).
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