EUGENE, Ore.–Brandon Martin found himself in familiar territory after Day One of the State Track Meet:
The Finals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
In the 100, he had the sixth-fastest time of 11.27 seconds and had the fifth-fastest time in the 200 at 22.84 seconds as the excitement of this year is coming to a bittersweet end Saturday afternoon.
“It’s just so amazing, it’ just a amazing feeling,” “Just to have four year with some amazing coaches and a amazing staff and for them to get me to this point to compete one last time for my last year, as a senior, it just so amazing and I can’t wait to see how tomorrow goes and I’m just so thankful for my coaches, they’re just so unbelievably talented.
“It’s kind of a bitter sweet moment because your walking out there with the best competition in the State and your just bringing it your all for one last time…it’s a little sad but I’m definitely going to cherish every single moment of it and the nerves will help kick in, help me get a few PRs as it did today.”
There’s excitement and some nerves for what tomorrow brings as the senior looks to his final races, but he will try to soak in the moment as much as he can before it’s all said and over.
“I’m just going to take each moment, just little-by-little, really cherish everything, take it all in in this beautiful stadium with everybody here and the level of competition is so high, I’m just going to cherish every single moment of it and really take it all in.”
Kalulu Ngaida finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of five-feet-four-inches as the junior looks to carry the moment to her senior year next year
“Just keep jumping, yeah just keep jumping and hard work,” said Ngaida. “I think I did good (today), I have not gone first attempt all the way up for a really long time,”
For senior Alan Beckmann, one of the senior leaders from the squad this year, saw his High School career end at the Biggest Stage Friday; just missing the final day cut by 0.61 of a second.
As the senior walks off the track for the last time, he hopes that the leadership his coaches we’re looking for from him, rubs off on the underclassmen moving forward once next season comes around.
“I mean it’s disappointing to be done, but at the same time I’m proud of what I’ve did and what I’ve been able to do this year helping out the team,” said Beckmann. “We’ve had that vacate role of a leader and I’ve tried to step into that and the coaches have been amazing to me.
“Next year we’re going to have a rebuilding year again so, it’s going to come down to what’s inside of them to step up and take that leadership role but we’ve got such a great team, the coaches are amazing so it’s not going to be too much of a problem for them.”
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