BROGDON 2ND IN HIGH JUMP
EUGENE Neither pollen nor a long day jumping in the hot sun could stop La Grande's Kristin Brogdon from placing in the Class 3A state meet high jump and triple jump Saturday.
Brogdon finished second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches. She also finished sixth in the triple jump with an effort of 33-10 to end the day with 11 points, one more than javelin champion Skyler MacDonald for the most state meet points by a La Grande track athlete.
Coach Joe Sandoz said it was a fitting end to Brogdon's high school career.
"She's had a rock solid jumping career, with such a level of success and such a great amount of grace," said Sandoz.
Brogdon wasn't quite able to match her district meet jump of 5-7 1/4, which is a school record. The top jump at state (5-6) was by Damaris Tucker of Junction City, who came in to the meet as a bit of a dark horse as the fourth-seeded jumper. Brogdon said this girl "came out of nowhere."
Brogdon had been to state before, but this was the first time she jumped over 5 feet at state.
"I was really happy I went over 5 feet. That was exciting," she said. "I was pretty happy. I did what I could do."
Sandoz said Brogdon had to overcome some pollen allergies in order to jump well. She also had to jump the triple and the high jumps on the same day on a warm afternoon. Brogdon ended up spending more than three hours on the field Saturday.
Brogdon acknowledged the allergies in the pollen-saturated Willamette Valley were bothering her a bit in the eyes. She said she realized she had to concentrate on jumping, "and not to think about it."
Brogdon will be jumping next season for Lane Community College in Eugene. Her sister, Jenny, jumps for the University of Oregon, and this weekend, she tied her personal best (5-9 1/4) at the NCAA West Regionals.
"It was a pretty good weekend for the Brogdon family," said Sandoz.
Crystal Kevan of La Grande also finished seventh in the 400-meter with a time of 1:01.88. She is just a sophomore and will be back. Her brother, Ben Kevan, also placed at state several years ago in the 800.
Rick Anderson finished sixth in the triple jump with a personal-best effort of 42-3 1/2. "He's just a young pup, a sophomore. He wasn't supposed to even get on the award stand," said Sandoz. Anderson came in to the event seeded 12th.
Both the La Grande boys and the girls finished in the middle of the pack for team scores.
The boys finished 22nd out of 45 schools with 13 points, while the girls finished 19th out of 44 schools, also with 13 points.