By Jeremy McDonald
AMITY, Ore.– The boys 4×100 relay had quickly turned into an unique situation in terms of handoffs for the participants Thursday with their tape makers being mistakenly pulled after the girls race at the start of the 3A Special District 2 meet. Turning handoffs into a guess-and-check when the starting gun sounded.
Nonetheless though, Amity had slowly pieced it together. Hand-offs, mixed with their speed, in catching up and passing Blanchet Catholic for the District Title to start the second day of the Meet.
“It was nice seeing all of our hard work coming together in the final thing and playing it out here and getting us first. That’s what we’re here for,” said Wyatt Hatch, who anchored the final leg of the race.
“After the 4×1 girls race they pulled up all of our tapes so we didn’t know our marks. I went a little too early and I had to slow down for Logan (Grove),” adds Kennan Graham. “For the anchor, Wyatt, we didn’t have our tape so I was super close. We could’ve had a better handoff for sure, but we still got it down.”
Handoffs are one of the things they can work on, pointed Graham as the Senior was on a mission over the two-day District Meet at Amity High School. The four-events he was in, the High Jump, the Long Jump, the 4×100-meter relay and the Javelin, all wins. All contributing points to the Warrior Boys team going on to win the 3A Special District 3 District Title. Drawing in inspiration from Johnathan Mather from two years ago.
“He did Long Jump, 100 and both (110-meter and 300-meter) hurdles, so he did that my sophomore year and it was really cool seeing that happen so I definitely wanted to do that. That was my goal for sure,” said Graham. “I’ve always wanted to do it, I saw Johnny Mather do it and I’ve always wanted to do it. I think it’s pretty cool that people can do that.”
A little soreness from baseball didn’t slow the Amity Senior QB1 in throwing the javelin Wednesday, with baseball drawing to a close Graham pointed towards the extra rest on his arm as a benefit entering the State Meet in keeping his arm fresh with the good competition coming to Harrisburg that day.
Graham sailed to a High Jump victory, jumping 20-feet-three-inches in the preliminaries that aided him in the victory as the Senior athlete slowly got back into a groove with the Long Jump-event.
“I haven’t done Long Jump outside of one-or-two meets and I just wanted to do four events. Give me a shot to go to State in four events. Today I had adrenaline and I just got it done,” Graham said. “If I can just carry that into State, I’d be happy with that.”
The State Meet is May 18 at Harrisburg High School.