EUGENE &

Drizzly conditions seemed to forecast the type of day it'd be for the Ashland track team on Friday in the second day of action at the 6A/5A/4A state track and field meet at Hayward Field.




In eight competitions, just two Grizzlies placed and none qualified for finals.




"(Thursday) was great, but today was a little disappointing," Ashland coach Bob Julian Sr. said. "We're looking better (Saturday)."




The Grizzlies will send their girls 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of seniors Jordan Kling and Aria Hemphill as well as sophomores Itzel Perez and Caroline Thomas, into the finals along with senior Matt Miner in the 1,500 meters, Hemphill in the 1,500 and Kling in the long jump.




After two days of action, the Grizzlies sit in sixth place among Class 5A girls teams with six points &

31 behind leader Summit.




Ashland's boys are in seventh with 10 points, 21 back of first-place Marshfield.




Hemphill produced Ashland's top finish on Friday, taking fourth in the 800-meters with a time of 2 minutes, 19.9 seconds, her best finish in two seasons.




Hemphill, who started the race in lane 1, was boxed in during the first lap but managed to find spacing in the second.




"Lane — is probably the worst," said Hemphill, who placed third last season. "I felt like I was in last. I looked for pockets and started cutting in."




Senior Paulina Belsky took eighth in the pole vault by clearing nine feet. It looked as if Belsky would clear 9 feet, 6 inches on her first attempt, but officials ruled the jump unsuccessful when the bar shifted to the top of the bar holders.




"They've never done that at any other meet," Belsky said of the ruling.




On her landing, Belsky spiked her leg, revealing a deep cut on her inner thigh.




"She lost her focus after that," Julian Sr. said.




Belsky failed to clear on her final two attempts.




"I'm not very happy with it," Belsky said of eighth place. "I cleared 10 feet in practice yesterday."




The day was less successful for other Grizzlies.




Kling finished two spots out of qualifying in the 400 and three spots out in the 200.




Senior Daniel Cropper took ninth in the 110 hurdles prelims and 10th in the 300 hurdles prelims. Only eight advance to the finals.




Senior Josh Houghton finished 10th by jumping six feet in the high jump and junior Issa Shahin took last in the 100 preliminaries in 11.71.




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