Kelsa Northrup clears 5-00 in the girls high jump at the OSAA state championships to claim fourth place. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Clearing 5 feet in the high jump at a major event was her goal. Little did Brookings-Harbor High School senior Kelsa Northrup know that clearing the height would land her in fourth place at the OSAA 4A State Track and Field meet. It did.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Northrup said. “I thought I’d clear 5 but it feels great to be getting a medal to take home. I’m really happy to be able to say ‘I’m proud of myself.’”
Northrup was the only Bruin from the first day of the two-day culmination of the 2012 track and field season to reach the medal stand.
The boys’ 4x100-meter relay team – composed of David Joyce, Tyree Dingle, Gabe Brazelton and John Joyce – came close to making today’s finals but were edged out when Klamath Union finished three-tenths of a second faster than the Bruins’ 45.26.
“We ran a really good race,” Brazelton said. “We just got bumped from the finals by less than a second.”
Brazelton also ran the first leg of the 4x400-meter relay race along with Cole Kellum, Shaine Graham and Dingle. The team finished in second-to-last place with a time of 3:41.13.
Freshman Graham also competed in the 110-meter hurdles and completed the race with a time of 16.94, which was .24 seconds slower than his best time set at the Far West League district meet.
Graham wasn’t sure if it was nerves or an onset of illness, but he admitted that he didn’t run his best.
“I just didn’t feel good,” he said, “and so I didn’t run well.”
The Bruins have one competitor remaining in the championships as senior Chandler Gotfried will attempt to claim a medal in the boys’ javelin today at 11:30 a.m.