North Marion sophomore Tyler Manning already owned the school javelin record prior to qualifying for the 4A Track and Field State Championship meet. On Friday, he made sure it's going to be a while before anyone else in a Husky uniform eclipses it.
Manning finished second in the 2019 state javelin competition at Mt. Hood Community College, beating his own record twice in the final two throws of the event to conclude his season with a 173-07 mark.
It was a fitting end to a season that had been marked by numerous personal records and an early-season performance that reset the school record in March.
Manning began his sophomore campaign with a promise of what was to come, breaking his freshman PR by nearly 10 feet with a season-opening throw of 145-02.
A week later, he set the school record with a heave of 150-05, but the mark only lasted a fortnight before Manning eclipsed it once again with a throw of 163-01 at the Huskies' home-opening invitational on April 6.
Manning flirted around that distance for the remainder of the season, but was unable to break it, qualifying for the state meet with a throw of 158-09 that placed second behind Estacada senior David Stamm, who won the league title with a mark of 171-00.
But while Stamm was unable to duplicate his performance at the biggest stage on Friday, Manning rose to the occasion.
The North Marion sophomore was consistent, if not unspectacular by his own standards in the first two throws of the preliminary round, marking 148-00 and 143-04 to put him in seventh place and on the cusp of qualifying for the finals.
He made sure of it in his final preliminary throw, going for 158-02 to bump himself into fifth to earn a chance for three more attempts.
After fouling on his first final attempt, Manning launched a throw of 163-04, beating his previous PR by more than two feet and moving himself into second place. The new school record wouldn't last long, though. On his final throw of the event, Manning's javelin soared into the record books, breaking the 170-foot mark for the first time in North Marion history to finish impaled at 173-07, ahead of all but state champion junior Rya Rendon-Padilla of Siuslaw, who threw 186-11 in his second throw of the event.
The finish netted Manning eight team points, giving the Huskies a tie for 24th in the final team standings on the boys side.
But Manning wasn't alone at the state meet. Fellow sophomore Parker Barton gave the North Marion boys a second representative at Mt. Hood Community College, competing in the triple jump after finishing second in the event at the district championships.
Barton came close to the PR of 38-10.75 he set then, placing 11th overall with a final distance of 38-03.75. Cottage grove junior Mitchell Krokus took first place in the event with a distance of 44-04.75.
On the second day of competition, senior Mar Verastegui concluded her track and field career with a third consecutive trip to the state championships. The North Marion senior was making her second straight trip in the triple jump after winning the district title in the event.
Although she was able to make it out of the preliminary rounds with a mark of 33-03, who was unable to improve on her score in the finals and went on to finish ninth overall, missing the podium cut by 1.5 inches to Newport junior Ari Gomez.
Marshfield senior Elise Martin won the event with a distance of 36-03.25.
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