“Weather helps a lot,” he explained. “When we have decent weather, we do better.
“A lot of the PRs we’ve had are coming from throwers who attended another clinic this last weekend. That helps a lot too.”
Keys hopes that the runners will be able to get some rest, and when they do he expects to see their times drop as well.
On the girls side of the track team, distance runner Shaylin Curtis set a personal record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:35.48 which was good enough for third place in Tuesday’s Twilight Meet at Elmer Bankus Stadium in Brookings.
“This is a new Shaylin we’re seeing,” distance coach Terry Axel said. “She is hungry for the races and ready to go.”
Fellow 1,500 runner Mallory Darger also set a personal record in the race with a time of 6:48.12 and, according to Axel, she is a much improved runner. Darger also set a PR in the long jump with a distance of 11-8.
Other girls to set PRs included Addi Fitzgerald, 400-meter dash; Samantha Hage, discus; Sonia Haro, 400-meter dash; Jordyn Keys, 800-meter run; Kim Medina, 100-meter dash; Kaitlyn Mitts, discus and javelin; Christina Munoz, 1,500; Kelsa Northrup, 100-meter dash; and Brandi Rodgers, 3,000-meter run and discus.
While Fitzgerald’s time of 18.50 in the 100-meter hurdles wasn’t a personal best it was fast enough to win her the race, followed closely by Haro with a time of 21.03.
Other top finishers in events include Northrup in the high jump, 4-10, and the long jump, 14-10; and Keys in the 400-meter dash, 1:04.89.
On the boys side of the team, 14 athletes set personal records including five who set PRs in multiple events.
Zachary Anderberg, 3,000-meter run and discus; Gabe Brazelton, long jump; Tyree Dingle, 100-meter dash; Cody Enos, 100-meter dash and 800-meter run; Blayne Exline, 200-meter dash; Chandler Gotfried, javelin; Shaine Graham, 110-meter hurdles; Jose Hernandez, long jump; Dylan Hiller, 1,500-meter hurdles; Cole Kellum, 200-meter dash, long jump; Zach Konkel, pole vault; Carlos Lira, shot put and discus; Jason Sharp, 100-meter dash, high jump and triple jump; Fernando Villa, 1,500-meter run.
Konkel’s height of 10-0 in the pole vault was good enough for a third-place finish but it has vaulting coach Cathy Axel very excited for the upcoming meets.
“He has improved by one foot each meet over the last three meets, she said. “If this holds he should be vaulting high enough to make it to state by the time districts get here.”
Axel attributes the improvements Konkel has made at the pole vault to the fact that he works hard.
“It’s a fact that he is a great athlete,” she said. “But he is also a hard worker.”
Another PR that meant a lot to the athlete was freshman Jason Sharp’s height of 5-2 in the high jump.
High enough to warrant a fourth-place finish in Tuesday’s meet, the jump was the culmination of a goal Sharp has had since middle school.
“I’ve wanted to clear five foot since I was in seventh grade,” Sharp said. “It was awesome. I’m hoping to get 5-6 now.”
First place finishers for the boys’ team included John Joyce, 100-meter dash, 11.59 and 200-meter dash, 24.15; Shaine Graham, 110-meter hurdles, 17.21 and 300-meter hurdles, 45.89; 4x100-meter relay team of Brazelton, Gotfried, Dingle and Joyce, 45.72; and Gotfried, javelin, 170-8.
Some of the Bruins will head to Grants Pass for the Rotary Invitational on Saturday. The next league meet will be Tuesday at North Bend.