Lion senior Kylie Reinholdt snapped her own mark in the triple jump at Liberty High School on Wednesday, setting a new school record at 36 feet, 2.75 inches
It might have been their only first-place finish on the girls' side at Liberty High School, but for St. Helens, it was a special one.
Senior Kylie Reinholdt, who set the school record in the triple-jump in 2012, leapt 36 feet, 2.75 inches, besting her own record by three quarters of an inch and jumping into the top-10 for this season in the state of Oregon across all six divisions.
She's second in the standings behind Summit's Miranda Brown, who jumped 36-6 on April 26 and won the heptathlon (eight events) at the Sweet Home Invitational on March 29. The pair will likely battle for the state title, which will be decided on May 23 and 24 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Reinholdt also finished third in the high jump, tying her season record at 5-10 and coming in two inches ahead of fellow senior Alyssa Holz. The pair were the only two that broke into the top four at the meet, which was dominated by Liberty, with Sherwood coming in a distant second.
Outside of a few highlight performances, it wasn't a meet chalk full of PRs for the St. Helens girls.
The 4x100 team of Sydney Nett, Reinholdt, Lillianna Shriver and Nicole Harcourt performed well, running their second-fastest time of the season at 53.58 and running sub 53.6 for the second meet in a row.
The Lions also saw considerable improvement from sophomore Genesis Hansen, who set new personal bests in both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles.
Freshman Genny Luttrell also grew leaps and bounds, putting up career best times in the 800 and 1,500 meter races.
Holtz improved by nearly half a second in her 100 meter time to take fifth, the highest place among the St. Helens girls' contingent, which saw a new lifetime PR from freshman Lillianna Shriver in the 200 meters to take seventh with a time of 28.99. Shriver's effort puts her in second behind Harcourt in the 200 this season, but the freshman is less than a second away from overtaking for the top spot and cut more than a second off her previous time from mid-April.
The boys team, though they too were outmatched by Sandy, Sherwood and Liberty, had two individual winners and nine place in the top three.
Senior Gage Bumgardner set a new personal best in the triple-jump at 39-6.5 for first place, also setting a new PR in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 7.5 inches to finish fifth.
Fellow senior Thomas Hughes raced out for a new career-best mark in the 110 meter hurdles, winning the event in 15.19 seconds. He's now less than half a second away from the school record of 14.74, set back in 1993 by Jeff Price.
That wasn't the only success for Hughes at the meet. For the first time this season, he entered in the 200 after running the event just once in his previous three seasons. He took third, running a career-best 23.43 and jumping to the top of the list for St. Helens athletes this year.
The athlete he bumped, senior Tanner Long, didn't have a bad meet either. His 100 meters mark of 11.73 is a new personal best and leads Hughes by less than a tenth of a second.
The top name in the throws for St. Helens, senior Jacob Zartman, hasn't quite made it back to the level the Lions saw on April 25 when Zartman exploded for a shot put mark of 50-3.25, but his throw of 46-7 was still enough to garner a second place finish at Liberty.
Up next for St. Helens are the junior varsity districts, held at Sherwood High School on Friday, May 9. The varsity team will head to the first day of the Northwest Oregon Conference championships at Sandy High School on Thursday, May 15 at Sandy High School, with the finals finishing up on the following day.