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Yakima Herald-Republic file photo.

CHENEY — Last year, La Salle pole vaulter Jordyn Tuning failed to clear a height at the state meet. This year went better — much better.

Tuning, a senior, tied a personal-best height of 10 feet, 9 inches to claim third place in the opening day of events at the 1A/2B/1B state track and field meet at Eastern Washington University. Her finish was the highest of Yakima Valley athletes in Thursday’s events.

In the 1A girls 1600, Goldendale junior Ellie Rising placed fifth in a time of 5 minutes, 14.28 seconds.

La Salle senior Sarah Wilensky, the defending state champion in the 1A girls high jump, settled for an eighth-place tie Thursday with a jump of 5-0.

In 1B boys, Riverside Christian’s Isaac Immel took fifth in the 1600 with a time of 4 minutes, 47.57 seconds. RC’s Diallo Nolan recorded the second-fastest 100-meet qualifying time in 11.25 seconds.

The state meet will run through Saturday at EWU’s Roos Field.