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Liam Henshaw flies during long jump.
Marist High School photo
Liam Henshaw flies during long jump.

EUGENE — Marist High School senior and track and field athlete, Liam Henshaw, signed his letter of intent this month and will be joining the famed University of Oregon track team in the fall.

Last May, Henshaw was state champion in 5A for long jump and pole vault, setting a state meet record in the pole vault at 15 feet, six inches. He was also the 5A Male Athlete of the Meet for scoring 30.5 points in all, the highest for one individual in the 5A state finals. In addition, he took third Place at the Arcadia (California) Invite Decathlon last April and competed in the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa last June.

“Liam is an incredibly gifted and hard-working athlete," says Marist track and field coach Patrick Wagner. "To be an all around track and field athlete at such a young age is a tribute to Liam. He’s absolutely fearless in the pole vault and is able to adjust during competition extremely well. It has been fun to watch his continued success and to see how motivated he is to succeed.”

Henshaw is a "great competitor," says Chase Wells, Marist’s co-head coach. "He is an athlete that you know will take care of business no matter what event he is doing. He gives his best effort every day when he steps onto the track; in practice and in meets.”

“I’ve been looking forward to this moment since I was a kid going to Oregon track meets," Henshaw says. "I always knew it would be awesome to compete for Oregon." Staying close to home and having the continued support of his parents is  important to him. His parents, he explains, have had an important impact on his track and field career.

Marist has been "a big deal" in his life.

"From a young age I knew I was coming here," Henshaw explains. "The ‘We Are One’ school motto exemplifies what our track team is.”

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