Athletes compete at championships

May 17, 2013 08:35 pm

Junior David Joyce coasts to a finish in the 200-meter dash at the Far West League district track and field championships on Friday at North Bend High School. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Junior David Joyce coasts to a finish in the 200-meter dash at the Far West League district track and field championships on Friday at North Bend High School. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School track and field team has yet to qualify a single athlete for the state championships, but Head Coach Jim Keys is confident that the Bruins will qualify during the Far West League district championships that started Friday and concludes today (May 18).

“The boys relay teams and some individuals in the sprints and hurdles have a good chance at making the state meet,” Keys said Friday afternoon.

With the running event finals and some of the Bruins’ stronger events coming today, the athletes who qualified for the finals are confident that they will make it to state, including hurdler Shaine Graham.

Graham competes in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles as well as throwing javelin and running a leg of the 4x400-meter relay.

“I took it easy in my preliminary heat,” Graham said Friday. “I just made sure that I ran a smooth race and didn’t hit any hurdles so I didn’t tire myself out for the finals. I’d be pretty excited to make it to state; it’s going to be some good competition. I have high hopes to make it to state.”

Hurdler coach Kathy Axel doesn’t believe in luck, and explained Graham’s chances as coming from hard work.

“He’s in a good place,” she said. “He ran well today (Friday), he flowed over the hurdles like we talked about and he did exactly what I told him to do. I’m excited for him for tomorrow.”

The Bruins are currently in last place in the team scores on both the boys and girls side, but with a number of athletes competing in the finals today, that result should improve.

One of the athletes hoping to improve the team score today is senior Shaylin Curtis. Curtis competes in the 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter runs as well as running a leg of the 4x400-meter relay. Curtis was disappointed with her fourth-place finish and failure to qualify for the state championships but was happy with her new personal record in the 3,000-meter run. Curtis hoped to qualify today for state in the 1,500-meter run where she is ranked second, and in the relay.

Field events begin at 11 a.m. today with running events scheduled to begin at noon.