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John L. Braese
EUGENE – While the rest of Burns was finding shade during these hot days of summer, Carson Volle was running, jumping and throwing his way to an All-American status at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Volle finished up competing against the nation’s best in the USA Track & Field’s National Junior Olympics, finishing the decathlon event in fourth place among the country’s best 15- and 16-year-olds.
After ending day one in fifth, Volle upped his game in day two to place fourth. The Hilander placed fourth in the 100 meters, crossing the line in 11.78 seconds. In the long jump, Volle finished 10th with a jump of 18 feet, 7 inches. Shot put was his lowest placing event as Volle ended in 15th after a throw of 29 feet, 3.25 inches.
A huge personal best jump of 5 feet, 10.75 inches in the high jump placed the Burns athlete right back in the points third place was also the result for the 400 meters after a time of 52.39 seconds. A time of 16.09 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles was good enough for fourth place in the event.
Volle continued his march in the decathlon with a 10th place showing in the discus after a throw of 95 feet, 10 inches and placing 11th in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 9 feet, 4.25 inches.
With a throw of 121 feet, 7 inches, his javelin event ended with a seventh place showing and Volle wrapped up his busy couple days with a 1500-meter time of 4 minutes, 50.74, good enough for sixth place.
Volle ended the decathlon with 5, 472 points, a mere 56 points behind third place finisher Antonio Bayon, a California athlete recently crowned champion at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships for ages 15-16.
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