Jeremiah Woods competes in all three throwing events
PORTLAND - Jeremiah Woods stood on the javelin runway, knowing his personal record was safe.
Not since the 1A track and field state championships had the Damascus Christian representative touched a javelin. Now, two weeks later, he was competing alongside some of the best throwers in the Northwest region, including Sean Keller of Heritage High School in Washington, the top javelin thrower in the nation.
The BorderDual Track Classic at Lewis and Clark College on Saturday was essentially an all-star track and field meet - a casual battleground for standouts from Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho.
This was the first year Woods had qualified for the event, and, admittedly, he was there for the experience rather than a spot on the podium.
'It was really fun just knowing the competitors here are top notch,' he said. 'It was a different feel without the expectations of trying to win but just going out there and having fun with it.'
He placed third in the javelin at the 1A state championships two weeks ago. But his first practice toss on Saturday sailed 25 to 30 feet short of his personal record, reaffirming his fun-not-fame motto for the event.
Was he rusty?
'Very much so,' he said.
His distance improved little with every warmup heave. But when the throws counted, Woods morphed into championship form.
His best throw of the day was 168-feet-5-inches, only half a foot short of his top throw at state. It was good enough for sixth place out of the 12 competitors.
Look for extended meet coverage in the Tuesday, June 5, edition of The Outlook.