EUGENE — Isaac Manning finished another season of big leaps with his best state results yet.
The Philomath junior held his spot Friday coming into the OSAA track and field state meet, taking second in the 4A boys pole vault at Hayward Field.
Manning’s runner-up clearance of 14 feet, 6 inches is half a foot short of his personal best earlier this season. But he moved up the state meet results list four spots from 2013.
Manning improved his PR two feet from last year, just as he did the previous season. He credits Philomath assistant Dennis Phillips, a former Oregon State vaulter.
“He always has so much good information to tell me. He’s really helpful that way,” Manning said.
A minor knee injury turned out to be a good thing. It kept Manning from competing in the hurdles and triple jump and allowed him to focus on the vault.
Friday, Manning was up against La Pine sophomore Justin Petz, who entered the meet with the second-best mark in the state among all classifications this season at 15-9. Petz went on to win the event at 15-0.
Manning entered the competition at 13-0, clearing on his first try before passing at 13-6. He then had a stressful clearance at 14-0 on his third and final attempt.
Manning passed at 14-3, got 14-6 on his first try before missing three times at 15-0.
In other results, Philomath’s Brian Blythe was 12th in the 3,000-meter final in 9:22.58. Fellow senior Carter Kikuta was 12th in the shot put at 42-11.
Warrior junior Trevor Sartnurak qualified for today’s 100 final with the third-best time in the preliminaries at 11.40.
He slipped into the 200 final with the eighth and final spot at 23.01.
Philomath senior Chris Houck qualified third in the 110 high hurdles in a personal-best 15.64.
Philomath freshman Meaghan Alba had just enough at the finish of the 3,000 to hold onto a spot on the awards stand.
Alba, who had what she described as a “huge side ache” on the last lap, had two runners — also freshmen — closing in on her down the home stretch and caught her just before the line. But she managed to edge both with a burst of energy at the end of seven and a half laps.
Alba was seventh in a personal-best 11:13.11. La Grande’s Heather Keniry was eighth, grabbing the last spot on the stand at 11:13.15. Seaside’s Josie Smith was ninth in 11:13.27.
Alba said she didn’t know the others were there until the very end.
“I could hear people cheering really loudly and I could see them at the last second so I leaned,” she said.
Philomath junior Jenna Grunwald was fifth overall in the 800 heats, qualifying for today’s final in 2:23.54.
Senior teammates Tierra Stephenson and Megan Schrock grabbed the last two qualifying spots for the 300 low hurdles final.
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Stephenson was seventh in the preliminaries in a personal-best 47.22 after failing to qualify in the 400. Schrock, who missed qualifying in the 100 high hurdles by one place, was eighth in the longer race in 47.56.
4A State Meet
(PR-personal best; Q-qualified for today’s final; place listed for prelims is overall place in heats)
3,000: 12. Brian Blythe, Philomath, 9:22.58
Pole vault: 2. Isaac Manning, Philomath, 14-6
Shot put: 12. Carter Kikuta, Philomath, 42-11
100: 3. Trevor Sartnurak, Philomath, 11.40Q
110 high hurdles: 3. Chris Houck, Philomath, 15.64Q (PR)
200: 8. Trevor Sartnurak, Philomath, 23.01Q
3,000: 7. Meaghan Alba, Philomath, 11:13.11 (PR)
400: 11. Tierra Stephenson, Philomath, 1:01.99
100 high hurdles: 9. Megan Schrock, Philomath, 16.61; 13. Emma Callender, Philomath, 16.84
800: 5. Jenna Grunwald, Philomath, 2:23.54Q
300 low hurdles: 7. Tierra Stephenson, Philomath, 47.22Q (PR). 8. Megan Schrock, Philomath, 47.56Q