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Below is a running update of local results from the first day of the OSAA state track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. This post will be updated throughout the day. Follow @lgoBond on Twitter for additional updates.

UPDATED 11:00 p.m.

Five athletes from Union and Wallowa County have taken home state championships during the first day of the OSAA state track and field championships Thursday at Eugene's Hayward Field.

Joseph's Isabelle Tingelstad kicked off the title action, winning her third crown in a row in the 1A girls 3,000-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 53.23 seconds. She did so as part of a 1-2 finish with freshman sister Ellyse Tingelstad, who clocked in at 11:23.31.

At the same time, Maggie Ledbetter, of Cove, earned a title for the Leopards in the 1A girls discus. Ledbetter won with a throw of 110 feet, 1 inch.

Cove's Tim Stevens followed Tingelstad's 3,000 dominance by winning the 1A boys race. Stevens was in a heated competition with Dufur's Ezekiel Stelzer, but pulled away on the final lap to turn in a mark of 9:01.65, winning by nearly 10 seconds.

Alex Graffunder, who a year ago won the 3,000 for Cove, took home the title for Union in the 2A race at 8:49.15, pulling ahead of East Linn Christian's Josh Miner with 500 meters to go to win.

Enterprise's Karli Bedard, who a year ago took second in the 2A girls high jump, earned the championship Thursday afternoon. Bedard recorded a mark of 5-feet-2, on a day when no other competitor cleared 5 feet even. Bedard almost succumbed to the same fate, not clearing 5 feet until her final attempt, which won the title.

Other placers:

Elgin's Talia Whitmore was locked in a battle with Culver's Catylynn Duff and Moana Gianotti, both of whom shattered the previous state record of 126-feet-1 several times. Whitmore moved into the lead on her final throw at 134-11, but Duff uncorked a throw of 138-feet-7 to take the title. Whitmore finished second.

Union's Jayson Blackburn took fifth in the 2A boys pole vault to open the early action Thursday.

Blackburn, one of two Union County athletes in the event, cleared a mark of 12 feet even. Elgin's Steven Sandgren finished in eighth with a mark of 11 feet even.

Powder Valley's Cade Browne finished eighth in the 1A boys long jump at 18-feet-9-1/4. Brandon McGilvray, of Imbler, was a state placer in the 2A boys long jump with a mark of 19-feet-0-1/2, taking seventh.

Powder Valley's Mariah Paul gave northeast Oregon a 1-4 finish in the 1A girls discus, taking fourth at 98-feet-7.

In the 2A girls 3,000, Union's Abriel O'Reilly (11:39.46) took fifth, and Enterprise's Eliza Irish (11:49.27) seventh.

Alisa Fox earned fifth in the girls 3,000 for the second year in a row for Cove, this time at the 1A ranks. Fox finished with a time of 11:50.92.

Union's Jeremy Baxter finished sixth in the 2A boys 3,000 in 9:32.36.

Joseph's Ally Cooney came in seventh in the 1A girls high jump, clearing 4-feet-10.

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