By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– Jefferson’s Cesar Sepulveda was just mere inches from the Triple Crown District Champion feat for the Lions coming out of the 2A Special District 2 Championships Saturday evening.
Having the Triple Jump District Title in hand from Friday with a 43-feet-10-inch jump, breaking his own PR he set at State last season by an inch-and-a-half while taking home the High Jump District Title with a six-foot-two-jump; the Long Jump was the one hiccup in his pursuit for the jumping sweep at the District meet with him finishing second in the Long Jump.
“It just makes me wish I could go back in time and work harder than I already do. It’s a real blessing, hard work really pays off,” said Sepulveda with a smile after helping the Lions 4×400 relay team qualify for State with their second place finish of his accomplishment these past two days.
For the Senior who brought home two State Titles back to Jefferson in 2018 as a Junior in the Triple and High Jump, he admits he wasn’t as relaxed as he probably wanted to be at Districts as he enters the State Meet one last time at Western Oregon University this upcoming weekend.
“At the Meet of Champions, I thought I was more relaxed and better prepared. But for Districts, I think I was a little more anxious than I was at the Meet of Champions. I wasn’t relaxed enough, but I’m going again next week,” said Sepulveda. “Just watch some more Youtube videos, watch some more of the older guys, college. Mentality exercise it and do harder.”
Sam Schwarz won the Pole Vault with a 8-foot-9-inch PR leap. Kira Sabin qualified for State in the 800 meter and 3,000 meter races with second-place finishes. The 3,000 meter race was a 12:33.74 PR for the Senior. Baylie Campau finished second in the High Jump with a four-foot-ten-inch PR.
Sierra Reeves finished fourth in the shot put with a 28-feet-6.5-inch PR while finishing seventh in the Discus and tenth in the Javelin. Hannah Grantom finished third (Pole Vault) fifth (100 meter hurdles) and seventh (Long Jump)
Gaven Robertson and Leon Romo finished third and fifth in the Long Jump respectively. Robertson (second) and Romo (fifth) placed in the Triple Jump as well. Robertson was fourth in the 400 meters as well.