With a core group of dedicated athletes anything is possible, including a trip to the OSAA state championships. Or at least, that is what head track coach Jim Keys is hoping for.
Seniors Zach Konkel, (front row from left) Shaylin Curtis and Brandi Rodgers lead member of the BHHS track and field team in warm-ups. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
“It’s going to be tough,” Keys said. “We’ll be able to place with the rest of the teams in league and we’ll be able to compete for some places at state, but it will be tough.”
The Brookings-Harbor High School Track and Field team is preparing for its 10-meet season — including two of the premier meets in southern Oregon; the Prefontaine Invitational and the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational — prior to the Far West League championships in the middle of May.
“I feel real good about our season,” Keys said. “We’ve got quite a few kids out and they are working real hard. They’re getting their workouts done by themselves; we don’t have to be all over them.
“It’s great to see that happening because it hasn’t always happened in years past. Everyone seems to be working real hard.”
According to Keys, the girls team is larger this year than it has been in past years and the boys team has approximately 30 athletes out.
“I think we’ve got 40 to 50 athletes out this year,” he said, “and we’ve got some good opportunities for kids to go to state this year.”
Those state hopefuls include a group of seven seniors who have the ultimate dream of making it to the state championships.
“I think it’s everybody’s dream as a senior to go to state,” senior Brandi Rodgers said. “I’m willing to work hard and get to state. We might be a little smaller, maybe not as deep in some events, but we have really good people at what they do.
“I’m excited for this year.”
Rodgers is joined by Athena Farr, Zach Konkel, Kaitlin Mitts, Lakota Hatcher, Alex Garibay and Shaylin Curtis as the senior class representatives for the Bruins.
For some of the seniors, setting personal bests in their events takes priority.
“I want to try to get 13 feet this year,” Konkel, who competes in the pole vault, said. “Making it to state would be icing on the cake. Yeah, it’s one of the goals up there, but I’m just trying to prove myself.”
The Bruins’ next meet is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, when they host the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Invitational. Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while track is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.