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Page I 0  . r - May 9, 2012 Photo courtesy of Caleb Kruse Dakotah Keys finishes the 1500 to win the PAC-12 decathlon title. Keys wins PAC-12 decathlon title Dakotah Keys, the former Sweet Home track and field star, won the PAC-12 decathlon cham- pionship Sunday at Hayward Field in Eugene, scoring a personal-best 7,793 points. Keys and UCLA's Marcus Nilsson waged a back-and-forth battle early before Keys pulled away to win the title. "It all came together and ended up working out," said Keys. "Mar- cus (Nilsson) was ahead but I stayed cool throughout the pole vault and kept going and it worked out. "I can't really believe it yet, but it's what I was hoping for. It hasn't soaked in yet but I am very excited. Keys opened day twoby run- ning 14.88 in the 110 meter hurdles. Nilsson then slipped into the lead by winning the discus with a throw of 139-7. Keys set a personal best in the event with a throw of 121-1 to stay close. Keys then retook the lead for good in the pole vault by tying his decathlon best with a clearance at 15-9: He put a lock on the meet with a big throw in the javelin of 207-11. That was just off his per- sonal best, but was good enough to build an insurmountable 300-poiLnt lead. He closed the long day two with a personal-best in the 1,500 of 4:33.84 to give Oregon its eighth decathlon title in the last 12 years. Nilsson was second with 7,539 points. During the first day of the 10-event competition, Keys won the long jump (23-7) and the high jump in a personal-best 6-9. He was second to Nilsson, a native of Sweden, 47-4. Keys moved up to No. 6 on t]he 2012 NCAA charts, and seventh on the UO career list. ,00PORTS Photo by Sean C. Morgan Home run celebration Hunter Bidwell, left, celebrates his home run with teammates during the Huskies' game against Elmira. Although the round-tripper was the first of the season for Sweet Home, it wasn't enough to lift Sweet Home to a win. For details on the Huskies" road to the state playoffs, see page 16. SHHS Forestry Club t:00akes second at state competition Sweet Home's Forestry Club took second place at the state for- estry competition held Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, at Oregon State University. Six teams and 112 students competed in the two-day compe- tition, which included technical events on Friday, including first aid, written expression, demon- stration speech, prepared speech, job interview, map reading, tool and plant identification. Physical events on Saturday included cross- cut sawing, power bucking, choker setting, axe throw, cable splicing, pole climb, hose lay, timber cruis- ing, log scaling, and compass and pacing. Sweet Home had multiple placers in nearly all events, adviser Dustin Nichol said. "Our team was anchored by two seinors, Macy Cockrell and Kristen Tolle," Nichol said. "Macy and Kristen made up half of our 168 points. We are a young team made up of mostly freshman and sophomores." Tolle was named All-,round Jill and Technical Forester, which Nichol noted makes her the third Photos courtesy of Dustin Nichol Showing off their second-place trophy are, in front, from left, Julie Morgan and Coach Dustin Nichol. In the second row, from left, are Russell Anderson, Amanda Coonc, Cayla Coonc, Macy Cockrell, Kristen Tolle and Justin Wolfe. In the third row, from left, are Coaches Eric Munts and Cheryl Wilson, Curtis Froman, Brian Luc- ero, Cody Froman, Bryce Denver, Conrad Tacket and EJ Nichol. In back from left, are Sean Qualkenbush, Carl Steinborn, Kolbee Cirdell, Sequia Stroup, and Jesse Davis. technical champion from Sweet Home in the last four years. "We have also had, over lthe past four years, one or both of the all around honors as well," he said. "We have been very fortunate to have examples like Kristen that the younger team members can look up to." Kristen Tolle poses with awards she earned at the state forestry competition. Tolle placed in the top four in 14 out of 15 events she competed in. Nichol said other team mem- bers who did well were Justin Wolfe, Kolbee Cirdell, Sequoia Stroup, Julie Morgan, Amanda Coonc and Curtis Froman.