By Jeremy McDonald
EUGENE, Ore.- The competition in 2018 for the 6A 100 meter dash as McKay’s Israel Garza took off from his blocks looking to qualify for the finals down the front-straightaway Friday morning.
When he finished, he had the fourth fastest time at 10.95, 0.05 behind West Salem’s Greater Valley Conference fastest 10.85 in the heats.
“There’s a lot of competition this year, I think more than last year. It’s going to be a tough finals race (Saturday), just got to get off strong and finish the race,” said Garza as he prepares for Saturday’s 100 final. “I just got to stay focused 100-percent. Got to get a lot of sleep, eat healthy and be ready for tomorrow. Be ready to go out there and give it my hardest.”
Tyrus Love finished the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.62, but barely missed the cut for the finals by 0.14 of a second, finishing tenth in the prelims.
Steffani Rodriguez-Aquino finished off her sophomore year by matching her 100 meter PR (12.65) and battled through injury to PR in the 200 meter dash (26.48) to close out her sophomore campaign.
“It was nice, (with) my leg hurting I didn’t know if I was going to PR and do good but I’m proud,” said Rodriguez-Aquino.
The Scots 4×100 relay team is slated to go at 1:14pm with Garza going for the 100 meter dash at 2:24pm.