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Marina's Gordon soars to meet record at O.C. Championships
MISSION VIEJO – As long as there have been sports, there have been those willing to test their limits.
Marina pole vaulter Jett Gordon has made it known that his goal is not to chase the heights of others, but to jump to the best of his ability.
The senior will have a new target to hit after shattering the Orange County Championships record, clearing 17 feet, 1 inch to win the pole vault Saturday at Mission Viejo High.
Gordon’s personal best ranks him second all-time in the county, behind only Mater Dei’s Michael Woepse (17-6). Woepse set the meet record at 16 feet, 3 inches in 2010, and he was on hand to see Gordon break it.
The Vikings vaulter cleared the bar at 16 feet, 5 inches on his third attempt. Woepse emerged from the bystanders to congratulate Gordon.
“He came over and gave a little hug,” Gordon said of meeting Woepse. “He motivated me to keep going. He said, ‘You’re doing great things this season. Keep working at it. You’re going to get those high heights.’”
On the next attempt, Gordon set his lifetime best.
Mission Viejo’s boys edged Dana Hills, 65-54, to earn their third county title in the past four years. The Diablos stayed in the leaderboard conversation throughout with a workmanlike effort.
Mission Viejo did not have an individual winner on the boys side, but Brenden Schooler posted top-three finishes in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, and the long jump. Quinn Williams and Tommy McWilliams added third-place showings in the 300 hurdles and high jump, respectively.
“We were going to nickel and dime this thing,” Diablos coach Chase Frazier said. “We’re a very talented team when you spread us out like that. We were looking for placing in the top eight and scoring points for the team.”
The Diablos won the girls meet, too, becoming the seventh team to sweep the Orange County Championships. Mission Viejo has done it three times.
JSerra’s Andrew Burkhardt delivered a meet record of 9:02.67 in the 3,200 to end his career at the county championships. He beat the record of 9:09.62, set by Mission Viejo’s James Cameron in 2009.
“It feels good because I’ve never had a really good race here,” Burkhardt said. “It definitely felt good to get my name in the record books.”
Esperanza’s Bronson Osborn won the shot put with a meet-record 68 feet, 8 inches. He also threw 199-10 to win the discus.
Servite’s Keyon Riley won the 200 and 400, and anchoring the Friars’ winning 400 relay. Trabuco Hills’ Cameron Hurd took both hurdles races, adding a win in the 1,600 relay.
Tesoro’s Michael Mitchell posted victories in the long jump and the 100.
Middle distance victories went to San Clemente’s Connor Dunne in the 800 and Dana Hills’ Jake Ogden in the 1,600.
Anaheim’s Paul Magana took the triple jump (45-10 1/4). Chance Kuehnel of Sage Hill won the high jump (6-4).