Senior Chandler Gotfried sets a personal record on his first attempt with a throw of 176-09 during Saturday’s state championships in Eugene. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Only one Bruin took to the field on Saturday at the OSAA 4A State Track and Field championships, but what Brookings-Harbor High School lacked in numbers it made up in results.
Senior Chandler Gotfried was the lone Bruin to compete on Saturday and, with a throw of 176-09 on his first attempt, Gotfried set a personal record and claimed a second-place overall finish.
The only other thrower to toss farther than Gotfried was Pancho Saldana of McLoughlin High School who threw 197-02.
“It’s amazing,” Gotfried exclaimed after the final throws had been taken. “All that work finally paid off, and its amazing to have it come out how it did.”
After finishing second at the Far West League district track meet a week ago, Chandler had set a goal to be standing on the medal stand when the state meet reached its conclusion, but he didn’t realize it would be so high on the rungs.
“After two years of coming up short,” he said, “It’s nice to finish how I did.”
Some may be tempted to claim that karma played a part of Gotfried’s finish with the self sacrifice he showed to teammates throughout the season, but Gotfried believes that hard work played a large part of his second-place finish.
“I believe in karma,” he said. “But it is mostly hard work and dedication that got me where I am.”
When asked where he got the skill set to be a state finalist, Gotfried explained that his mother used to throw javelin and she and his father both would give him pointers and help him through the season.
“They would be at meets and every time I would throw, they would give me tips and things that I needed to work on,” he said. “And Coach Axel helped me a ton, too. I’m just really thankful for all the help that I got all season.”
Gotfried ends his high school sports career on the high note he had hoped for all season long.
“It’s the best feeling,” he said. “I’m just happy that it ended how it did. It ended on an ‘I did it’; it wasn’t an ‘I wish,’ it was an ‘I did.’ ”