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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MAY 16, 2018
o F l lowed by teammates Paes en Timm and Ko nrad Raum, Ji mmy Talley
(left) starts his kick in the fi nal lap of the , 1 0 . 5
continued from B1
defi nitely what got me my time
and when I saw the time aft er I
fi nished it was mind blowing,”
Woods said. “It feels amazing.
Especially all the support I’m
getting from the school, it was
In the fi nals on Saturday, he
cruised to a fi rst-place fi nish
and, according to Athletic.net,
has the fastest time in 4A head-
ing into the state meet.
“My main goal is to run my
own races and stay relaxed. I
mean, in total I want to win that
state title for the 100 but I mean,
it’s all about focusing on myself.
Getting better. I want a new per-
sonal best in the 100 around like
a 10.8 is my goal for the end of
the year,” he said. Woods took
fourth place in the event last
year at state.
In the 200 it was more of the
same for Woods as he won the
prelims in comfortable fashion
before running nearly a second
faster in the fi nals to fi nish in a
time of 22.49 – the second fast-
est time in 4A this year. While
Woods had his way on the track,
things were tense at the long
“He makes it look easy. But
what a lot of people didn’t see is
when he won the long jump on
his last attempt,” said Knutson.
“It was a nail-biter,” said
Heading into the fi nals,
Woods was behind the fi rst-
place jumper, Austin Stevens, by
half an inch. Aft er two shorter
jumps in the fi nals that didn’t
move him up, it was time for the
fi nal leap.
“Th e very last jump, just ev-
erything went good and I end-
ed up jumping 21 feet 6 inches.
And then his last jump (Stevens)
accidentally put his hand back a
little bit and it cost him a few
inches and I won by two inches,”
said Woods. Heading into state,
Woods has the third farthest
jump of the year in 4A.
While Woods is in a position
to succeed at state, he is still
looking to the success of the
“Our guys' team is doing real-
ly well this year. Th ere’s a lot of
young guys that came out and
showed up. And we’re looking at
a chance of maybe getting a tro-
phy or scoring high in the state
meet at least. Th at’s our goal
this year. Just doing everything
to score for our team and see
where it goes,” he said.
Erick Giffen clears a height of 5 feet 1 inches in the high jump to win the
Juice Clafl in lets out a scream of exc itement as he fi nishes in second in
the 110 hurdles.
At the beginning of the sea-
son, Cottage Grove’s Mitchell
Krokus had no intention of go-
ing to state in the triple jump.
With a wealth of long jumpers
on the team, the coaches en-
couraged the sophomore Kro-
kus to try out the event.
“When I tried it I did really
good in my fi rst jump and aft er
the Ciochetti meet I was asking,
‘Hey, am I going to go to dis-
tricts?’ And they looked at me
and they were like, ‘Dude, you
could win districts,’” said Kro-
On Saturday, he did just that
as he jumped 40 feet eight and a
half inches, almost a foot ahead
of the second-place fi nisher, to
lock in a spot for the state meet.
“Going to Hayward sounds
like a dream,” he said.
Two weeks before the district
meet, Krokus’ best jump was
37-3.5. But a personal best at
Cottage Grove’s Wally Ciochet-
ti Invitational and districts has
brought his own mark up over
three and a half feet.
“I don’t do it just to try and get
fi rst which is obviously the goal,
but, like, just jumping is fun. I’ve
always loved doing it, being ac-
tive,” said Krokus
about giving his spot to Kon-
rad. It's one of the main reasons
this distance squad has been so
great, they don't want to let each
Distance trio dominates
Krokus jumps to state
Cottage Grove’s Jimmy Tal-
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ley, Paesen Timm and Konrad
Raum left their mark on the dis-
In the fi rst day of competition,
the trio ran the 3,000 where Tal-
ley took fi rst, Timm second and
Raum fourth. Talley, who was
instructed to hold back and not
take the lead, took the advice
“So I got pushed into the
lead but it was super windy so
I didn’t want to take the lead so
I started walking basically and
everyone stopped behind me,”
he said. “And then it happened
a few times, three or four times,
throughout the race. So in the
last 500 meters everyone kicked
Talley ended up taking fi rst in
a time of 9:40.66.
In the 1,500 – a race that fea-
tures Sister’s 4A state leader Jor-
dan Pollard who ran a time of
4:01 this season – it was a race
for second place between the
three Cottage Grove runners.
“Just try to get the second
place. Don’t go with Pollard,
make sure we get the two, three
and four spot which we man-
aged to do successfully so that
was pretty cool,” said Talley.
Talley fi nished second, Raum
third and Timm fourth. Th e
race marked that Talley had
qualifi ed for both the 3,000 and
the 1,500 but he quickly gave up
his spot in the 1,500 to his team-
“As soon as Jimmy crossed
the fi nish line in the 1,500 he
marched up to me with a grin
on his face and said ‘Konrad
is going to state now too! Th e
three of us (Jimmy, Konrad and
Paesen) are going together!’”
said Knutson in an email clari-
fying the state qualifi ers. “Th ose
guys love each other and Jimmy
didn't even have to think twice
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best,” Florez said about her
race. “Th e fi rst lap was really
fast, at least for me. I don’t start
out super fast. So the second
lap was just kind of hanging
Florez, in her fi rst year of
running track, is excited for the
“It’s a really big honor. I’m a
freshman and I wasn’t expect-
ing it at the beginning of this
year,” she said.
“I’m going to try and do my
best. Th ere’s a lot of girls better
than me, though so I mean it
will be nerve wracking but an
Hall takes ﬁ eld athlete of
In the fi eld events, the domi-
nant face of districts was Hunter
Hall. Cottage Grove’s Hall fi n-
ished fi rst in shot put, second
in javelin and fourth in discus
racking up 23 points for the
team. Th is high total led the
coaches to vote Hall the fi eld
athlete of the year for the Sky-
“Hunter’s fought some inju-
ries and he’s such a great kid.
And I think sometimes he fl ies
under the radar in the fi eld
events because it’s not always
out in front of everyone,” said
Knutson. “What a great kid and
what a neat honor for him. He’s
worked pretty hard over the last
few years so to go out with that
is a special thing for him. I’m
happy for him.”
Giff en ﬁ ghts injuries to
take ﬁ rst
Battling a nagging ankle, it
was Cottage Grove’s Erick Giff -
en winning the high jump title
for the second year in a row.
“My goal was just to win. Ob-
viously make it to the state meet
but I wanted to go back-to-back
winning our league,” he said.
“It’s nice. I didn’t jump well, ob-
viously, but it just gives me an-
other week to recover from my
Giff en, who took fourth at
state last year with a jump of
6-2, was one of three jumpers
to clear 5-11 but because he had
not missed at any other height,
he took the title. His best jump
Th e 800 prelims will begin
at 1:01 p.m. on Friday.
While Ladd, Boxberger and
Florez were the only three
Lions to qualify for the state
meet, the team used depth to
get enough points to fi nish
third as a team.
“We qualifi ed three girls for
the state meet, which that’s not
a big number for us typically
so the fact that the girls scored
that many points with three
through eight spots says a lot
for how well they came in and
competed,” said head coach
In the 100, 800 and pole
vault the team was able to get
three competitors to score to
help get them to 110 points for
the two-days of competition.
of the year this season is 6-1 but
he has higher goals heading to
“I want to jump 6-4. Really
bad. So that would be nice. But
if I can’t jump 6-4, I just want to
place higher than I did last year,”
Clafl in and Glenn
qualify in hurdles
A pair of second place fi nishes
from Juice Clafl in (110 hurdles)
and Hayden Glenn (300 hur-
dles) qualifi ed them for state.
Both individuals had already
qualifi ed as part of the winning
4x100 team and Clafl in will also
be competing in shot put.
As Clafl in crossed the fi nish
line behind Junction City’s Tan-
ner Barth, he let out a scream of
“Me and Barth have been
talking like this almost the
whole hurdle season. You know
just to push. And we had this
huge PR, both of us, fi nally get-
ting into the 15s, it’s amazing,”
Aft er the race, Clafl in now has
the third fastest time in 4A.
In the 300, Glenn felt com-
fortable going into the race.
“I already knew that the third-
place person was two seconds
behind me. So I was really just
fi ghting for fi rst and second
place. I got second but I’m really
happy because I PR’d by almost
half a second,” he said.
With the eighth fastest time in
4A, he just has one goal heading
“Just PR. What you have is the
time you’ve ran so far and you
can really only ask for a PR for
yourself. Just going ahead and
forward in each and every track
meet you just kind of ask your-
self to be better,” said Glenn.
Sydney Boxb erger competes in the
triple jump on Saturday.
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