EUGENE, Ore. — Hoquiam’s Cole Smith took one step up the podium at the Oregon Relays at Heyward Field at the University of Oregon.
Last year, Smith finished second in the high jump by just over one inch.
On Friday, Smith outdistanced the field by easily clearing 6 feet, 7 inches (2.01 meters) on his first attempt to secure the event win.
“Considering the large field and how long it took (more than 2 1/2 hours to complete the event), I thought he jumped well,” HHS head coach Tim Pelan said. “It is one of the longer meets he’ll be in from start to finish. There were over 7,000 people in the stands, so that’s a neat environment for him to jump in.
“This was his third time at this meet and, as a senior, for him to win, it is a very nice feather in his cap,” Pelan added. “He had some competition. It just took so long, a lot of waiting. He handled it really well. He’s so cool, not much bothers him.”
Hoquiam’s Olivia Jump competed in the triple jump, but didn’t qualify for the finals. Elma fielded a team in the boys and girls distance medley relays, but finished out of the points.