Hurley fixed in Jo-Hi's track and field record books

<I>Hector del Castillo/Chieftain</I><BR>Senior Kenny Lathrop (left) takes off on the anchor leg of a 4x400-meter relay as Tavin Hurley slips him the baton. Joseph beat Crane for the title.

BAKER CITY - Already, Tavin Hurley is a Wall-of-Famer.

The Joseph High School senior will compete in four track-and-field events at the upcoming state championships. But regardless of the results, Hurley already owns three of the school records posted on a wall leading to the gymnasium. He broke two of them May 9 at the Old Oregon championships in Baker City.

After Hurley repeatedly dislocated his left knee throughout his first three years at Jo-Hi - and an ankle injury forced him to miss a month of this season - he finally realized some of his potential. "I've been waiting to have this kind of season where I get a chance to peak," Hurley said.

Once Joseph replaces some names, the wall will remain a testament to Hurley's leaping ability. At Baker, he won the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet and seven inches. He passed Joseph's previous best, set by Shawn Steen in 1984. Hurley also won the district's high jump at six feet and five inches, the same as Joseph's Cole Lathrop in 2003. But he had already beaten Lathrop back on April 3, when Hurley jumped 6-6 at the Carnival of Speed in Milton-Freewater. At Baker, Hurley added the long jump to his list. He soared three inches farther than Ted Pithoud in 1979.

Also, Hurley will run in the 1,600-meter relay at the state championships. He joined senior Spencer Jarman, Vanni Petrolli and senior Kenny Lathrop in winning the district's race.

Joseph will boast representatives in numerous events at the state meet. The 400-meter relay of sophomore Mickey Stenkamp, senior Clancy Warnock, Petrolli and Kenny Lathrop finished in first place at Baker. Warnock also won the javelin, and Lathrop the 800. Several of the boys qualified with second-place rankings at Baker or by meeting standards. Freshman Trevor Lewis finished the 800 on Lathrop's heels. In the 400, Jarman nosed ahead of Powder Valley's Trenton Dixon for second place. Senior Sam Garnett made a pole vault of 11-01. And Vanni Petrolli finished the 200 as the runner up.

Meanwhile, Joseph will send a pair of girls to the state meet. Senior Paige Bailey followed the lead of her previous three competitions and set another personal record in javelin. Her 117-10 captured gold at Baker. And freshman Jade DeLury won the 800.

The state championships happen May 15 and 16 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

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