Rebreaking The School Record

By Jeremy McDonald

URNER, Ore.—Eight days after making school history in Sweet Home, Cascade Junior Emma Gates did it again:

Made School History.  High Jumping five-feet-eleven-inches.  Coming literally tooth-and-nail from making it six-feet-even.

Each jump seemed easy.  Five-two, five-four, five-six.  Gates got five-eight on the second attempt.  Last person standing after Stayton’s Parker Dirkx couldn’t clear the five-foot-eight height.

Both guys and girls High Jumpers were going.  Gates the lone female jumping Friday afternoon.  And just as the height was being adjusted to five-ten, Gates requested five-eleven.  Having attempted six-foot last week, but wanted to be certain she has something down not five-ten she attempted her first jump.

No luck.

Second jump she cleared it.  Re-writing history, moving the mark to five-foot-eleven and making her mark further in the Cougar Track and Field program.

Gates mentally preparing for her High Jump event Friday afternoon at Cascade High School (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Gates attempted six-feet again.  Coming close each time, but to no avail in her second attempt in hitting the six-foot mark.  Driving the eleventh-grader as they now prepare for the Philomath meet next Saturday in Philomath.

“It’s great.  Totally not expecting it, it’s a great way to start.  Especially after the lack of meets that I’ve had, it’s good,” Gates said with a laugh.  “I really want to get (six-feet), it’s right there.  I’m already doing better than I thought I would…to keep going.”

Gates would PR in the 200-meter dash, winning the event over teammate and Senior Ashley Fraser.  Fraser would also finish second in the 100-meter dash. 

It was Senior Day for Cascade against Stayton as Seniors in Justus Bischoff (100-meter), Ashton Williams (200-meter), Mason Rosenau (Discus), Lucy Roache (100-meter and 300-meter hurdles), Isabelle Fisher (shot put and discus), all brought home wins.

Williams coming down the stretch of the 4×100 meter relay to open the track events Friday with the Cougars honoring their Seniors against Stayton (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Bischoff and Williams were part of the 4×100 meter team that won the relay, Williams was also part of the 4×400 team that won as was Fraser in both events with the Seniors bringing home some wins one last time on home turf.

“Oh man during a season like this with so much uncertainty, it’s just crazy just to have the whole meet,” Williams said, who also finished second in the 200-meters.  “You get to represent the home turf and community like this, it’s crazy and just being able to compete in general with all the stuff that’s going on is actually a blessing really.”

Cascade Senior Maile Porter finished second in the shot put and discus, PR-ing in the Discus at 70-feet-five-inches.  Fisher finished second in the javelin.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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