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Sunset Qualifier Track

Reedsport's Leo Voepel clears the bar in the high jump Friday during the Sunset Conference track meet at Reedsport High School. Voepel placed third in the high jump and advanced to state in the shot put by placing second. 

Ed Glazar, The World

Reedsport advanced a handful of athletes to this week’s Class 2A state meet in what was a good district meet hosted by the Brave over the weekend.

Reedsport had a pair of winners and a number of strong finishers in the Sunset Conference district meet.

Tyreece Gardner, who hadn’t competed in track since his sophomore year and had never done jumping events before this spring, won the high jump and was second in both the long jump and triple jump, advancing to state in all three events.

In the high jump, Gardner cleared 5 feet, 6 inches. He also soared 20-1 ¼ inches in the long jump and 39-6 in the triple jump.

“I’m really excited,” Gardner said of advancing to state. “This is my first time going to state as an individual.”

The senior was part of a state-qualifying 4x400-meter relay team as a freshman.

He credited former Reedsport star Mike Mitchell with helping him in all three jumping events — Mitchell won all three as a senior for the Brave.”

“He taught me a lot of things,” Gardner said. “Every day, we’re out here.”

Reedsport’s other win came in the 4x100 relay, where Colby Fowler, Ben Fowler, Ryan Dove and Brady Dexter finished in 47.18 seconds.

Colby Fowler ran a personal best 12.81 to finish second in the 100 meters and also finished second in the javelin with a throw of 140-6.

Leo Voepel advanced in the shot put by placing second with an effort of 37-2 ½.

Other Reedsport placers for the boys on the track were Dove, who was seventh in the 100 (12.76) and sixth in the 400 (57.73); Ben Fowler, who was eighth in the 200 (26.57); Dexter, who was fourth in the 1,500 (5:03.98) and sixth in the 800 (2:51.66).

In the field events, Jacob Dukovich was fourth in the shot put (33-2) and Kyle Harold was eighth (28-7). Dukovich also was third in the discus (106-1).

Voepel was third in the high jump (5-4) and Dove was fourth in the long jump (17-9), with Ben Fowler seventh (16-10 ¼).

Two Reedsport girls advanced to state.

Ashley Schuttpelz made it in both the 1,500 and 3,000 with second-place efforts, finishing in 5:54.44 and 12:57.09, respectively.

“I worked really hard,” Schuttpelz said. “I trained every single day and it all paid off. I put so much dedication into my training. I feel so much stronger.”

Schuttpelz will be joined at state by Elsa Frakes, who finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:48.09, a new best.

Mariah Lumpkin placed eighth in the 100 (15.26). Reedsport’s 4x100 relay team of Lumpkin, Frakes, Randi Dexter and Miranda Smith was fourth (1:03.98).

In the field events, Samantha Klier was third in the shot put (29-3 ¾), missing a state berth by just over an inch. Katarina Ziska was seventh in the discus (63-11).

The state meet starts Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene. Schuttpelz competes in the 3,000 on the opening day while Colby Fowler races in the 100-meter preliminaries, Gardner is in the long jump and Voepel competes in the shot put.

The rest of the events are Friday, starting in the mid-afternoon, following the preliminaries for the Class 4A, 5A and 6A schools.

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