Marist High student takes long jump State title: 'Competition will help me keep striving to be the best'

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      EUGENE, Ore. -- Marist Track and Field star Liam Henshaw took the state crown long jump at Hayward Field on Friday while dealing with a nagging ankle injury.

      He edged out the next closest opponent by just a quarter of an inch with a jump of 23', 3/4".

      "I said 'Liam, when it's crunch time you always perform.' And once again, he did it. On his second to last jump, he popped one," said Marist Track & Field head coach Patrick Wagner.

      The senior hopes to take a few more titles at Hayward Field, as he plans to join the Oregon Ducks as a decathlete next year.

      "Every time I come to Hayward I seem like I compete better, and I think it's the Hayward magic, you know? To be able to come here the next four years and compete at the same place is awesome, I'm so excited," Henshaw said.

      As he continues his career, Henshaw said his competitive spirit and the competition of his teammates will drive him to keep pushing the limits in all events.

      "Just constant improvement. The great group of guys at Oregon, especially the decathlon group, I'm good friends with a lot of them, and I think the inner team competition will help me keep striving to be the best," said Liam.