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The Eagle girls finish seventh in the team standings, the boys 13th at the Class 3A championships

PMG PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Westside Christian sophomore Grace Tully stands atop the podium after winning the pole vault event at the Class 3A state track and field campioinships.No one went higher than Grace Tully.

Tully, a Westside Christian sophomore soared to victory in the girls pole vault event at the Class 3A state track and field championships, held May 17-18 at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.

Tully won the pole vault event by clearing a height of 10 feet, 9 inches. But she had to come through in the clutch, a couple of times, to get there.

Tully cleared both 10-0 and 10-3 on her third, and final, attempt at each of those heights. At 10-6, it was just Tully and Pleasant Hill senior Stephanie Loop still going in the competition. Loop, who hadn't missed to that point, failed in all three attempts at 10-6. Tully got over the bar at 10-6 on her first attempt at the height, giving her the state title.

Tully then went on to clear 10-9, again on her third attempt, before going out at 11-0.

In addition to her victory in the pole vault, Tully also teamed with Lauren Demaris, Gabriela Sears and Natalie Fagen to take sixth place in the 4 x 100-meter relay in a time of 52.43 seconds.

Tully also had the fastest time in the 100-high hurdles preliminaries with a mark of 15.61, but she was disqualified in the finals.

Fagen, a Westside Christian freshman, sprinted to second place in the 400 in a time of 59.75. Sears, a senior, cleared 5-1 to take second place in the high jump. Senior Eva Lammers took third place in the javelin with a throw of 123-11.

In the 4 x 400 relay, the Eagles team of Sydney Packman, Sears, Morgan Petersen and Fagen finished in eighth place with a time of 4:19.53.

The Westside Christian girls finished in seventh place in the team standings at the state meet with 36 points.

The Westside Christian boys also had a state champion in freshman Caden Hildebrand, who ran to victory in the 3,000 in 9:16.99. Hildebrand also took fourth place in the 1,500 in a time of 4:17.17.

Eagles senior Jack de la Motte finished in fifth place in the 300 intermediate hurdles in a time of 42.89. Senior Kellen Petersen was sixth in the 3,000 in a time of 9:31.93, and he was 11th n the 1,500 with a mark of 4:27.94.

Westside Christian senior Mason Lunz finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a distance of 37-5. Senior Grant Gardner sprinted to ninth in the 400 in a time of 53.88.

In the 4 x 400 relay, the Westside Christian team of Alvin Lai, de la Motte, Davis Raz and Gardner placed 10th with a time of 3:35.87.

The Westside Christian boys finished in a tie for 13th place in the team standings with 23 points.

St. Mary's of Medford won both the Class 3A boys and girls team state championships.

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