Kirby Continues To Roll, Finishes 2nd In John Oliver Invite 1500 Meter Race

INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Ben Kirby, coming off of his big 3,000 meter performance at the Meet of Champions last weekend, continued his mission in the distance races Friday at the John Oliver Invitational at Central High School with the 1,500 meter races.

Kirby said that every race he goes into every race with a plan and a goal and Friday’s plan was to do 67 seconds laps.  With the head wind, it was difficult but Kirby found a way to PR in the event with a 4:15.64 as he finished second in a prominent 5A/6A field.
“You just set a goal every meet, every lap and try to hit that and try to pump it out faster every time and a couple of meets to tune up for Districts and see what happens,” said Kirby.  “I was going for 67s for every lap (today), which is four-12’s, but it was a little windy.  I don’t know, just little things to add up, hopefully get there next week maybe the week after, we’ll see.”
Stayton’s Jessie Mitchell  talking to one of her coaches after her 800 meter race (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
With the Stayton Twilight up next as the next ‘big’ meet and the Regis Twilight after that leading into the District meet in Newport on May 11 and 12, it gives the sophomore an opportunity to take advantage of the past few weeks and put those possible improvements into practical use outside  of practice.
And for Kirby, it’s just a simple fix really:
“Just make sure I get some sleep,” he said.
On the girls side Jessie Mitchell found her in a tie with Newport’s Jillian Thompson in the 800 meter race as Thompson was given the seventh-place spot and Mitchell finished eighth, both runners finished with an exact time of 2:41.58.  In his first 3,000 meter race of 2018, Casey Pugh won the event in a PR-ing effort with a time of 9:14.94 to go with his fifth-place finish in the Javelin (146-feet-3.5 PR).
Jacobe Croff and KJ Nyquist finished 2/3 in their respective 100 meter dash races.  Hailey Notman PR’d in the 3000 meter race with a 11:41.43 time.  The Stayton 4×100 meter relay team finished second behind McKay.
Jarred Boedinghimer won the High Jump with a six-foot-two-inch PR, Chase Rogers won the Long Jump with a 20-foot-one-inch jump.

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