Orting’s Yoro raises district bar

Staff writerMay 24, 2014 

With a victory in the Class 2A boys high jump well in hand, Orting High School’s Jaysen Yoro wanted more.

He wanted the school record.

Yoro starred in the event Friday at the Class 3A/2A West Central District track and field championships at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. He recorded a personal-best mark of 6 feet, 8 inches, beating North Kitsap’s Taylor Stephens and Sequim’s Jackson Oliver (6-2).

The school record was 6-9.

Yoro went for 6-10 in his final attempts and just missed clearing it.

“It was only an inch away from my personal record, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ ” Yoro said. “I feel confident I can break it by state.”

The three-day district meet will end Saturday with all event finals in 3A and 2A.

Friday’s 2A preliminaries featured many good times.

Steilacoom senior Amanda Jaynes has been a burner in the hurdles all season. She grabbed the fastest qualifying marks in the 100-meter hurdles (15.22 seconds) and the 300 (46.08).

“I feel like I’m ready to win every race I step up to,” she said. “It’s great knowing I can come in here and perform like I did.”

Not far behind Jaynes is White River’s Jade Crawford. She went 15.72 in the 100 hurdles and could give the Sentinels’ standout the best race Saturday.

“Amanda is so good in the hurdles, it’s amazing just to finish near her,” Crawford said. “It looks effortless for her. ... I always feel I match my (personal best) when I go against her.”

The boys hurdles races also could be close. That is how it has been between Sumner’s Josh Riley and Steilacoom’s Josh Lewis in the 300 all season.

Riley (39.92) grabbed the second-fastest time behind Kingston’s Garrett Rouser (38.54). Lewis was third in 39.97.

“When we go into these races, it’s always intense because we’re both competitive,” Riley said. “It’s always close between us. ... I just happen to get the best of him each time.”

Kevin Manning: 253-597-8680 kevin.manning@ thenewstribune.com

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