Track and field is a unique event for high school students in the general fact that how an athlete does throughout the season has no bearing on whether they go to the OSAA State Track and Field Championships.
BHHS junior Zachary Anderberg closes his eyes as he exerts all he has to send the discus flying. Anderberg set an 18-foot personal record of 124-00 to move into second place in the Far West League rankings. Photo courtesy Terry Axel
As long as they place in the top two competitors at the individual district events, or hit the automatic qualifier benchmarks set by the OSAA, they will make it to the State Championships.
Because of that the Brookings-Harbor High School track team will sometimes use a league track meet as a working meet where all they work on is form, or try an event in which they would not normally compete.
For some of the BHHS athletes there is no quit when it comes to improving on their personal records as was indicated by a number of throwers and runners who set PRs at last Tuesday’s meet in North Bend.
Not only did 19 Bruin athletes set personal records in 20 events, both the boys and the girls squads placed third overall in the team competition.
The girls’ finish is the highest of the season and, according to throwing coach Terry Axel, all of the throwers and runners are peaking in their training regimens right where they need to.
The Bruins will travel to Douglas High School in Winston for the Far West League Championships which will begin at noon on Friday and last until Saturday afternoon.