By Jeremy McDonald
ALOHA, Ore.– That faint, light blue line on the blue track at Aloha High School presented a challenge for McKay Junior Tyrus Love Saturday afternoon during the Aloha Preview in terms of footing purposes.
But Love, who finished fourth at the old Greater Valley Conference District Meet as a sophomore, adjusted his footwork and rewired his mind for his 5.88 meter (roughly 19-feet-3.5-inch) jump.
“It’s definitely harder, especially when you’re catching out of the corner of your eye and not trying to step over a line or anything. But I think you got to be really well-balanced on all the things that different tracks because they’re all going to be different,” said Love of the adjustment.
Talk about readjusting, him and teammate Abdullah Al-Bustami each have been retooling their form together this season in the 110-meter hurdles. Love was a State Qualifier in the 110, having the tenth-best time in 6A with a time of 15.62 seconds, too mentioned how facing guys at Hayward Field this past May helped him prepare entering this season.
“It really helped, I think. You’re going to see what people around you better do. So, train with better competition help you know what to fix on and it really shows what a little difference can make in a big race,” said Love of last season’s State experience.
“Me and Abdullah have been working on more specific things to race a little bit better. I think I could work on my starts a little better, but overall I think it was a good race, especially for beginning of the season,” Love continues. “We’re trying to fix our form, have better arms. Good starts, I think that’s really important. I think having a good box at the start could make a difference.”
Love won the 110 meter hurdles at 15.70 while Al-Bustami was third at 17.20. Jeter Esocbar won the 200 meters in 24.23. Kaven Enlet had a 5.83 (19-feet-1.5-inch) jump in the Varsity Long Jump.
Across the way in the field events, in her second-year throwing javelin Shay Coons PR’d in the event with a toss of 35.36 meters (roughly 116-feet-0-inches) as she builds off of her rookie season last year as a Junior where she threw 108-feet-5-inches in the District meet.
“It was nice to get that PR. I would have liked a bigger PR, but getting those small victories I’m always happy about that,” said Coons.
The Senior, similar to Love and Al-Bustami, have been focusing on the smaller things in McKay’s third meet of the season. Coons main concern right now entering their league meet with West Salem Wednesday and the Willamette Falls Invitational next Saturday in Oregon City is building that base before letting it rip for distance when Districts roll around May 16-18 in Bend.
“I’m just focusing on getting my feet right, my arm right and then we’ll work on getting the power into it later,” said Coons on the strategy early on in the season. “Right now I’m not too worried about getting the huge numbers, I want to get my technique down and sound and then I’ll start hocking it.”
Jasmin Zaragoza-Rosales PR’d in the 400 meter run at the Varsity level (1:05.24).
At the Frosh/Soph division, Brian Coburn won the shot put, discus. Chansse Lee won the Long Jump. Brandon Reeves PR’d on the Pole Vault (9-feet-6.25-inches).
The Frosh/Soph girls 4×100 relay team of Stacy Martinez, Marisabel Ibarra-Gonzalez, Autumn Allen, Stephanie Urenda won in 53.74. Mercy Siro won the shot put and Sofia Magana PR’d with a 79-feet-7-inch throw in the discus.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald