First Time In the Big Show

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

EUGENE, Ore.–  The hurdles have been the fixture for Kylie Fisk this year, having finished no worst than seventh at the Regis Twilight in the 100 meter hurdles, a even she won at the Tri-River League District Meet last week.

In her other event, the 300 meter hurdles, was a late add for the freshman having finishing first and second in the event this year, but the frosh has proved her worth in her rookie season at the High School level.

“Everyone’s been super supportive and I love all the guys here,”  said Fisk on her teammates around her.

That second place finish in the 300 meter race came at the District Meet as well to qualify Fisk for the Big Show in Eugene Saturday.

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Kylie Fisk smiling as she walked off the track of her 300 meter hurdle run (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Walking out onto the track for the second-time that day following her 19.47 time in the 100 meter hurdles earlier in the day, Fisk had the stern look on her face as she fought back the butterflies as she went into her blocks and went off for the race.

“It’s great I’ve got butterflies in my stomach like the whole day but it’s worth it though I fell a couple of times,” said Fisk.  “I’m really glad I get to come back tomorrow.”

Despite the stumble at the end of the race, Fisk clocked a 51.36, a PR for the freshman as she stood up with a smile as she soon found out that her time was good enough for sixth-place and put her in the State Final Friday with the goal to come out stronger than she did Thursday.

“Come out even stronger than I did today and try not to fall,” laughed Fisk. “It’s amazing, it’s not every single day that  a freshman makes it to State so I feel really great about that.”

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Brendon Woodcock running in the 400 meter heat, finishing second in the heat to advance to the finals (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Joining Fisk is Brendon Woodcock in the 200 and 400 meter Finals as the senior will take the lessons learned from Thursday’s qualifier, into Friday Night’s final.

“The 200 I felt really good, I PR’d, the 400 I didn’t get out as I normally do,” said Woodcock.  “I started coasting way earlier so I think I’m going to run way better in the 400 tomorrow than I did today.”

Though Woodcock has been here before in the 200 meter and the relays, the senior still gets them butterflies like Fisk does along with the excitment of being in the State Finals.

“I mean, 400 I’m excited but nervous also, but the 4×1’s I’m really excited for that event, starts Woodcock.  “It’s like, you don’t want to run, but you want to run also.  But after the race, your like, ‘it wasn’t that bad’.”

Other notes from Day One include Ryan Boyd took fourth in the Pole Vault (12-feet-six-inches) and Boyd also qualified for the 110 meter hurdle finals.

Day 2 of the State Meet for the 1A, 2A, and 3A Level Starts at 4pm at Hayward Field.

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