EUGENE, Ore.– The duo of Jacobe Croff and Jarred Boedighemer picked up where Ben Kirby and Hailey Notman started the first day of the 4A State Meet Friday.
As Kirby finished sixth with a time of 9:10.62 and Notman 13th with a 11:38.36, Boedighemer jumped a 19-foot-6.75-inch leap to finish seventh as Croff, who worked in the time to work in some 100 and 200 meter dash action, jumped a 20-foot-0.5-inch Long Jump result for fifth-place.
For Boedighemer, it was a ‘awe shucks’ moment as he had his best jump of the event by the time the wind turned into his favor in the Long Jump.
“There was kind of a head wind at the beginning, but about halfway through it turned around, by that time my best jumps before so,” said Boedighemer. “It definitely surprised me to qualify for finals, but it was really exciting and it was a good day.”
“It was pretty cool, I was able to place on the podium which is pretty cool,” adds Croff.
Both Croff and Boedighemer will be competing with the 4×100 team Saturday and both are confident in that they will place even though they are seeding around tenth in the field.
“If we can get our hand-offs smooth, and we’ll be able to do very well because we got really fast runners on our team,” said Croff. “The hand-offs are the most important part for us
“Four-by-one team I believe we are currently seeded tenth-ish and hopefully we can pull it together and hopefully grap something along Top 8,” adds Boedighemer who is also doing High Jump Saturday. “For High Jump, I know there’s one jumper above me that’s (jumping) 6’4 but I should be Top 3 which would be great.”
Casey Pugh finished 11th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:24.15 as Kirby and Notman both will be competing in the 1,500 meter races Saturday as well.