Tracksters make final preparations for state
Five members of the CCHS track and field team head to Eugene todayIt will kick off bright and early Friday morning and five members of the Crook County High School track and field team will be a part of it.
The Class 4A track and field state championships will launch out of the starting blocks Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
The first CCHS athlete to compete will be Brandon Jasmin in the discus. Jasmin is seeded sixth in the state and will begin his run for a medal at 11 a.m. Friday.
The top eight placers earn medals at the meet, with the top four teams earning trophies.
Jasmin holds a personal best throw of 156 in the discus.
CCHS head coach Bambi Fraley said her goal for Jasmin is to make it to the top five.
"He's capable of throwing in the 160's," she explained. "The key for him is just to relax and to have some confidence."
The top seeded athlete is Scott Myers of Medford, who is credited for a throw of 180_1 « .
Following Jasmin will be Erin Clark in the 100 meters. Erin is set for lane 1 of heat 2. The event is scheduled to begin Friday at 11:55 a.m. The top two finishers in each heat and the next two overall make it to the finals Saturday.
Clark's PR this year is 12.42. She will look to get past Deborah Jones of Benson, who is also in heat 2 and has a season best time of 12.1.
"She's got her work cut out for her, but I won't be surprised when she makes it to the finals," Fraley said. "Erin has a great awareness and calmness. She knows what's going on and that's always to a sprinter's advantage."
After Clark will be Rachel Smith in the long jump, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday. Smith has a PR of 16_7. The top seeded competitor is Maranda Brownson of Yoncalla, who holds a mark of 18_5 _.
"I would like to see her make it to the finals," Fraley said. "It will take a foot PR, but I know she can do it."
Fraley said she credits Smith's success this year to long jump coach Brian Connolly.
"He's just got a way with these kids," She said. "He connects well with these athletes. He's really drawing the best out in Rachel."
On Saturday, Jamie Richter will be the first CCHS athlete to perform. The girls discus is set to begin at 12 p.m. Richter threw a mark of 107_2 at district. The top seed is Lindsay Brisbin of Oregon City, who has recorded a mark of 142_1.
"She could easily throw over 110," Fraley explained. "I was really impressed with her at district. She just really had her game face on and was highly motivated. She has to do that at state."
Following up Richter will be James Siers in the 1,500 meters. Siers has a PR time of 4:07.04. The top seed in the event is Tom Manning of Jesuit, who holds a mark of 3:55.3 this season.
"I think he can be in the top six," Fraley said about Siers. "I would like him to be in the top five. I'm expecting him to run about 4 minutes."
While Fraley looks for members of her team to compete well individually, she would also like to see them place well as a team.
"I'd like to score some points at the state meet," Fraley said. "I think it would be awesome to see our name as a team that was there."