Doman places fifth at state
Woodburn High School senior Tyson Doman was the Bulldogs' lone representative at the 4A Track and Field State Championships at Mt. Hood Community College, and he made sure the team wouldn't finish the season empty-handed.
Doman finished fifth in the high jump on Saturday, clearing 5-10 to earn a place to the podium in his first trip to the state championships and the last track and field meet of his high school career.
Battling through wet conditions that plagued the field of competitors at the state meet, Doman finished in a four-way tie for fifth with senior Nick Lucas of Molalla, sophomore Gabrield Burchfield of Hidden Valley, and junior Tucker Hall of Gladstone.
Doman qualified for the meet after clearing 6-01 to place second in the district championships a week prior, and his personal-record jump of 6-02 set at the beginning of the season matched the state meet-winning height set by Sisters senior Skyler Larson.
But the rain that swept through the Willamette Valley the day of the meet proved to be a difficult obstacle for the competitors. After clearing the opening height of 5-10 on his first try, Doman faulted on his three attempts at 6-00 — a height he had cleared four times this season, including at three straight meets entering the state championships.
Lucas, Burchfield and Hall finished likewise, and the quartet shared the fifth-place podium spot, earning 2.5 points each for their teams.