The ’staches are going to state.
Third-leg Gabe Brazelton gets ready to hand the baton to anchor-leg David Joyce as the Bruins cruised to victory in the 4x100-meter relay at Saturday’s Far West League track and field championships. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
That was the catch phrase for the Brookings-Harbor High School track and field team on Saturday at the Far West League district track meet.
The boys 4x100-meter relay team had wanted a unified look as they aimed to qualify for Friday’s state track and field championships. They decided to get it by dying their mustaches — or lack thereof — black and it worked. Not only did they qualify for the state meet, but they also broke a 25-year old BHHS record for fastest time in the 4x100-meter relay.
“We’re satisfied,” second-leg junior Trent Bevan said. “We’ve been hoping to break the record, state is just icing on the cake for me.”
The new record is 44.12 and beat the old record by .12 seconds.
The team, made up of Zach Konkel, Bevan, Gabe Brazelton and David Joyce, is looking to “break the record even more.”
The old record, 44.24, was set in 1988 by Greg Rice, Tim VanDehey, Mike Chandler and Randy Gorman.
Gorman, who witnessed the record breakers make history, was extremely pleased with the team’s efforts.
“I think it is very cool,” he said. “This is a good group of kids who put out a lot of effort and worked hard. Their ability to break the record comes from their camaraderie. The way they get along and work together is really impressive.”
The 4x100-meter relay team is leading the way for the Bruins and will be joined by the boys 4x400-meter relay team which features three of the four members of the short relay team and adds hurdler Shaine Graham for the second place finishing team.
Graham also grabbed two state berths of his own finishing first in the 300-meter hurdles and second in the 110-meter hurdles.
“It feels amazing to be going to state in three events,” Graham said. “It means a lot to go to state. I’ve been working really hard and Kathy has worked really hard with me. Without her I couldn’t have done it.”
Hurdling coach Kathy Axel was beside herself with joy after Graham won the 300-meter hurdles.
“I’m elated,” she said. “It’s just so awesome. He has worked so hard and he is in such great shape. I told him before he went out that he could win it. I told him to run it like he had the 400 and go get it; and he did.”
Joyce not only made it on the relay team but he took first in the 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter dash to qualify in two individual events.
“It feels pretty good,” Joyce said. “Qualifying for sate was one of my main goals. I’m glad to be there.”
The final member of the Bruins to qualify for the state meet was senior Shaylin Curtis, who took second in the 1,500-meter run with a personal record time of 5:07.14.
“It feels great,” Curtis said. “This was my race, I’m really happy I went out with a bang.”
According to distance coach Terry Axel, Curtis beat her personal best by more than two seconds.
The Bruins will head to the OSAA 4A State Track and Field Championships in Eugene for Friday and Saturday’s competition.
The field events begin at 9:45 a.m. and the running events start at 10 a.m. with the Bruins’ first event — Graham in the 110-meter hurdles — will start at 12:39 p.m.