Boot Clark soared to heights previously unknown.
Zandyn Hundley drew inspiration from older teammates to win a race he never before had competed in.
Clark not only set a career best in winning Wednesday’s pole vault competition, he also became just the second Class 4A vaulter in the state to clear 15 feet.
“That was the first time, actually,” Clark said after he narrowly missed 15-3, hitting the cross bar lightly with his chest twice. “I want 15-6. That would be nice. More practice. I might need to get a longer pole.”
Clark joined Marshfield’s Hunter Drops, who has a season best of 15-6, as the only Class 4A vaulters to clear15 feet. The best effort in the state so far this spring is La Pine’s Justin Petz at 16-8.
Conditions were brilliant Wednesday under a warm sun that bathed Mazama’s Viking Field in a Skyline meet which included the host Vikings and North Valley.
“It was pretty good,” Clark said of the weather. “When it’s windy and rainy, it’s tough. There was a light wind, which is OK.”
Teammate Josh Hutchison was second in the pole vault at 11-0.
Conditions were good for Hundley, a Henley freshman who won the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 47.48 seconds. Mazama’s Manuel Montano was second.
“At the beginning, there was a lot of nervousness,” Hundley said. “I got a lot of inspiration from (teammates) Dylan (Castle) and Seth (Andres), and from Trevor (Eichelkraut, who competed in the hurdles a year ago).”
Castle and Andres have the best 300-hurdles times among Class 4A hurdlers so far this season, 39.94 and 41.10, respectively, but Hundley’s time is seventh among the 17 high schools in the Basin.
Castle has the second best time in Oregon, regardless of class, in the event so far, while Andres is fourth.
“The next time I do it,I want to try and get the nervousness out and handled,” Hundley said.
The freshman also won the 100-meter dash, and his time, along with teammates Lake Peterson and Andres will be among the top 10 among all Class4A runners in the state, an occurrence that happened several times on the warmest day of the year so far this season.
Mazama’s Angel won the 200 and 400, and ran legs on both winning relay teams. His 200 and 400 times, as well as the Vikings 4×400 time, now are among the state’s best.
North Valley’s Logan Manni took over the Class 4A state lead in the discus with his winning toss of 133-9.
Several quality times were turned in by the girls, too.
Already the Class 4A state leader before Wednesday’s meet, North Lake’s Baylee Touey won the girls 100 in 12.56, which is her best this season. Henley’s Hannah Peterson and Lyndee McLauchlin also picked up top 10 efforts when they finished second and third, respectively.
Henley’s 4×100 team, along with Gabby Mathis and Peterson in the 200, turned in top performances, as did both the Henley and Mazama 4×400 relay teams.
Henley won both the boys and girls team events Wednesday, with Mazama second in the boys competition.
All three teams will return to Mazama’s resurfaced track at least two more times this season — Saturday, April 23 for the annual Lithia Invitational, and then May 13-14 for the Skyline Conference championships which will determine the league’s state tournament entries.