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Manley breaks school record as area athletes excel at Twilight meet

BHHS' Kylie Johnson competes in the long jump at the BHHS Twilight track and field meet last Wednesday.

Brookings-Harbor High School senior Ronnie Manley broke an 11-year school record when he threw a javelin nearly 190-feet at the BHHS Twilight track and field meet last Wednesday.

Manley threw the javelin 189 feet, 3 inches, breaking Dylan Boye’s 2003 mark of 184-09 for the school record. It’s the highest mark in the 4A section and the fourth longest javelin throw in the state this season.

“I think the adrenaline was pumping,” said Manley, who immediately changed into his baseball uniform to help his teammates on the diamond after recording the record setting mark. “My baseball teammates came out to cheer me on and that was pretty cool. It was exciting having all them there so I think that’s what gave me the extra edge to make that throw.”

In addition to Manley’s performance, several other area athletes broke personal records and won events at the meet.

Bruin distance runner Chris Burton earned his 10th top-three finish of the season by winning both the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter races. Sprinter David Joyce won both the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Hurdler Shaine Graham continued his dominance in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, earning his 12th win of the season. 

Lady Bruin senior Sophie Landau, who battled nagging leg injuries at the beginning of the season, won both the 400-meter and 800-meter races, breaking the one minute mark in the 400 to record a personal best time.

“I started out at the beginning of the season by pulling some hamstrings and some quads so that put me back a little but I’ve been slowly and steadily working through the meets,” said Landau. “I am where I want to be right now. I’m not as fast as I can be but I don’t need to be there yet. I’ve had ankle issues in the past but this year I haven’t had them. I feel really strong this year which is really good.”

Gold Beach freshman distance runner Kaitlin Armstrong broke a personal record in earning her first win in the 1,500-meter event by running a tactically precise race. She drafted Coquille’s Anna Sweeney the entire race, then passed Sweeney with ease with 200 meters left to go.

“I’m happy I won; she’s a really good runner and we’ve competed before,” said Armstrong. “At first the pace felt a little slow. She didn’t set the kind of pace where I wouldn’t be able to catch her. She was close enough to where I felt really comfortable and with two laps to go I stayed really strong with her and I debated if I was going to push the pace and pass her. 

I thought, “Let’s just see how this goes,” and by the fourth lap I was able to pass her.”

The top five finishers for BHHS and Gold Beach athletes are listed below.

Mens Results

100-meters - David Joyce,  11.65, 1st; Gabe Brazelton, 11.84, 2nd; 200-meters - Joyce, 23.35, 1st, Brazelton, 23.72, 2nd; 400-meters - Brazelton, 53.18, 2nd; Trent Bevan, 56.55, 5th; 800-meters - Braden Chapman, 2:10.98, 2nd; Cody Enos, 2:14.58, 4th;  1,500-meters - Chris Burton, 4:26.16, 1st; Enos, 4:30.53, 2nd; 110-meter hurdles - Shaine Graham, 16.20, 1st; 300-meter hurdles, 43.22, 1st; 4x100-relay - Graham, Bevan, Brazelton, Joyce, 45.24, 1st; 4x400-meter relay - Cole Kellum, Dustin Lea, Braden Chapman, Enos, 3:55.52, 2nd; Shot put - James Vermaak, 41-01.00, 2nd; Lincoln Newdall (GB), 40-03.50, 3rd; Braden Brouillette, 38-10.00, 5th; Discus  - Vermaak, 117-00, 2nd; Newdall (GB), 103-00, 5th; Javelin - Ronnie Manley, 189-03, 1st; Graham, 141-02, 2nd; Vermaak, 133-03, 3rd; High jump - Jason Sharp, 5-04.00, 3rd; Isaiah Ross, 5-02.00, 5th; Long jump - Chapman, 17-00.00, 5th; Triple jump - Sharp, 34-08.00, 4th.

Womens Results

100-meters -  Molly Joyce, 13.77, 2nd; Jordyn Keys, 13.90, 3rd, Jade Heredia, 13.92, 4th; 200-meters - Joyce, 28.54, 2nd; Heredia, 29.14, 3rd; Kylie Johnson, 29.71, 5th; 400-meters - Sophie Landau, 59.99, 1st; Luka Frazier, 1:08.23, 4th; 800-meters - Landau, 2:28.65, 1st; Keys, 2:32.05, 2nd; Tristan Husted, 2:32.82, 3rd; Kaitlin Armstrong (GB),2:37.76, 4th; 1,500-meters - Armstrong (GB), 5:24.88, 1st; 3,000-meters - Debra Lawrence, 12:48.27, 2nd; 300-meter hurdles - Breanna Bevan, 58.22, 4th; 4x100-meter relay, Heredia, Keys, Colby Welch, Molly Joyce, 53.15, 1st; 4x400-meter relay, Welch, Heredia, Joyce, Husted, 4:27.10, 1st; Abbey Schreiber, Frazier, Bevan, Debra Lawrence, 4:48.85, 2nd; Discus - Samantha Hage, 86-07, 2nd; Chantelle Nelson, 82-02, 5th; High jump - Kylie Johnson, 4-06.00; Pole Vault - Abbey Schreiber, 6-06.00, 2nd; Long jump - Johnson, 14-06.00, 2nd; Welch, 04-05.25, 3rd; Schreiber, 13-07.50, 4th. 

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