By Jeremy McDonald
MT. ANGEL, Ore.– The 200 meter dash didn’t go exactly to play for Chemawa’s Milo Loya as the senior jumped off before the sounding gun the disqualified the Braves sprinter from the preliminary race.
Frustrated, Loya came out Friday in the second day of the PacWest Conference District Meet with a vengeance as Loya took out his frustrations from the first day of the meet in the javelin with a 138-feet-nine-inch throw as Loya won the District Meet by one-foot-six-inches to go with his third-place 100 meter dash later on in the day.
Though he was flustered with how the first day went, he picked himself up and went back to work and qualify for the State Championships in something that’s he’s been working on since his sophmore year.
“Since sophomore year I’ve been improving, so this year I’m going to do it, I’m going to go for it. And everyone thought that I’m going to be sad after the 200 meter, like I’m going to be sad for the 200. But I was like, ‘I’m going to pick myself up and I’m going to win this’,” said Loya. “So I went for it and that’s what happened.”
After throwing no further than 115-feet-seven-inches as a sophomore, Loya been averaging in the 133-feet to 138-foot-range that included a 146-foot-seven-inch PR at the Regis Community Twilight Invitational on May 4.
And as the senior prepares for his last meet, he won’t forget those he has met over the past three-years as he prepares to throw at Hayward Field in Eugene.
“I didn’t go out with a big bang like I want to, but I left with friends that I’ve met over the three-years I’ve been in Track. Friends I’ve been running with for three years. I’m going to miss them when I leave home but I’m glad I made friends here,” starts Loya. “Hayward one last time, I’m going to compete there…because it is my last, like it’s my last. I’m going to compete hard and going to try my best,” said Loya.
Joining Loya at State is Clement Afterbuffalo as the sophomore distance runner won both the 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter races as Afterbuffalo is looking to cap a very successful sophomore campiagn for Chemawa.
“Exciting, good. It felt great, I felt a little bit nervous at the beginning,” said Afterbuffalo. “Working harder in my running and working on my pace so I can hopefully place at State.”
Tyrell Francisco (third), Ryan Weir (seventh), both joined Afterbuffalo on the podium in the 1500 meter race. Weir PR’d with a time of 5:03.49. Angel Jackson was third in the 1,500 girls race. Francisco PR’d in the 3,000 meter race (10:09.06) as him, Afterbuffalo and Weir went first, third and fifth in the distance race.
Jackson PR’d in the 300 meter hurdles (58.64) in her seventh place finish.