By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.— Sheridan’s Taylor Huffman has made his decision on the eve of heading to college:
Over the past three years throwing the Spartan graduate had overcame the challenges of a new coach and ankle injuries to get to this point of signing to join the Beacons, remembering a crucial moment leading into his PR-throw of 156-feet-11-inches. Remembering those close to him who have pushed him to be the best that he could, and has become.
“Last year two-days before my best throw of 156”11 I pushed myself for a three-and-a-half-hour practice,” Huffman starts. “I will never forever how much blood sweat and tears I’ve put into that program to be the best thrower I can be if it weren’t for my one-supporter being my mom coming to every single meet to cheer me on and to keep me going even on my worst days and to help me pull through and kept my head high.
“I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for my mom and my dad and of course my brother Kyle.”
Huffman would go on to finish seventh in 2A in the Javelin with a throw of 150-feet-seven-inches as a Senior for Sheridan, joining Reilley Dearth (seventh in shot put) as the lone two Sparts to throw at State in 2019. Huffman was also an Honorable Mention-selection on the Sheridan basketball team that went 18-9 overall this past season and reached the 2A First-Round.
For Huffman, who leaves for the former Northwest Christian University in Eugene Saturday, he is excited about what is to come for him with the NAIA Track and Field program coming from little Sheridan two-hours up the road from his new home. Having been training this Summer to work on his craft in hopes in joining a collegiate squad throwing the javelin that eventually had paid off.
“The coaching staff at Bushnell seem very, very excited to have me and I’m very happy I signed here,” Huffman said. “I feel I will have the best opportunity to grow and become a better thrower as well as a better person. I can’t wait for the season to start and what the future holds for me as a student athlete. Bushnell better be ready for me.”