Homes shines as state qualifier

By Mike Johnston
EPHS Track Coach

The 5A Special District State Qualifying Meet was held at Summit HS, in Bend, May 13-14.  The Bend schools particularly Summit HS dominated the team scoring but, the Eagles came away with some outstanding performances of their own.

Junior, Tyrone Holmes, was the outstanding performer of the meet.  He completed an unusual feat by winning the shot put(52’5”), the discus(136’7”) and the 110H(15.22a).  He will compete in all above the above and ranks no lower than 4th in the state in any of them.  Senior, Tyler Van Dyke, dropped his pr by 13 seconds in the 3000(8:58.00a) and qualified for state.  Going into the meet he ranks 3rd in the state.  Junior, Julian Ramirez, pr’ed by a foot in the pole vault and tied for third.  Normally, just the top two qualify for state, but he cleared 13’5” which was the qualifying height, so he will make the trip to Eugene.  Garrett Snow, another junior,  qualified second in the Javelin(171’0”) and will again travel to Hayward Field.  He was a state placer last season.

For the girls the sprinters performed well.  The 4×100 relay of Jazmyn Arnspiger, Kim Simpson, Hannah Morris, and Cassie Boykin finished 3rd with a season best 51.36a.  As individuals,
Arnspiger was 4th in the 100(13.04) and 5th in the 200(27.54a). Both were season best times for Jazmyn.  Boykin was 5th in the 100(13.19a) and Casie Johnson was 5th in the 300H(50.49a).  In the field events sophomore Hannah was third in the javelin(105’) and senior Corrie Culpepper placed 4th in the shot put(33’10”).

The state meet was held May 20-21 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

News from Eugene shows Tyrone Holmes fulfilled Coach Johnston’s expectation as he won the shot put. Late word indicated he had a personal best of 53 ft. and then went on to win at 56.33 3/4 ft.
Look for all the details from the Eagle Point track performance at the state meet in next week’s Upper Rogue Independent.

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