Santiam Sends Three To State Meet

By Jeremy McDonald

STAYTON, Ore.– She came close to clearing eight-feet-six-inch in the Pole Vault, finishing third overall though at eight-feet in the event.  Kristen Crofoot had PR’d in the Triple Jump, finishing 30-feet-4-inch leap as she finished third, two-feet behind Kennedy’s Emma Beyer.

The Junior Wolverine athlete made a comment about Gervais’ Kate Hanson and how tough she was, but qualified for State in the 400-meter race with a PR time of 1:07.61.  Eight seconds behind Hanson.

“She’s awesome, she’s amazing, she’s leading the State,” Crofoot said.  “I was terrified but as long as I chase her and I don’t come in third, I’ll be fine.  It feels like first-place.  I chased the future State Champ in the 400.”

Through three tough tests, putting herself in a good spot for a Wild Card-spot in the Pole Vault and Triple Jump at the State Meet, the Junior finally got over the hump and got the District Title.  Holding off Regis’ Daisy Hernandez over the last 200-meters of the 300-meter Hurdles to get the event win.

The mentality game came into it for Crofoot as she watched her technique and footwork during the race.

“I was trying to run my race and try not to stutter-step and that’s what I did in it.  I didn’t stutter-step or hit a hurdle at all and that’s all I was worried about,” Crofoot said. “I can block out the pain and I’ve learned that from Mr. Plotts and it helps so much.  It’s a painful race.

“I’ve never made it to State ever and it’ll be cool just to go out there and place like Top 3.  That’s all I’m looking for.”

Joining Crofoot on the trip to Union is Emma Longfellow.  The sophomore thrower PR’d in the Discus, winning the event by nearly 24-feet over Rowyn Lawrynuik with a winning throw of 112-feet-three-inches.

“I’m so excited.  I don’t know, I don’t have words, it’s crazy,” Longfellow described.  “I just got that extra spurt (today) of energy and just felt it.  It was…everything fell into place today for me.”

Getting everything down to perfection and just working on everything will help her moving into this next week Longfellow said.

Trenton Stafford will also head to the big-dance following his second-place finish in the Triple Jump, jumping a 34-feet-1.25-inches.  Stafford also PR’d in the shot put (35-feet-10.5-inch) in his fourth-place finish.  Quentin Clark finished fourth with a 123-feet-six-inch javelin throw and PR’d in Pole Vault at 10-feet, finishing fourth in the event as well.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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