The Boys Sharks track team traveled to Spring Valley High School for the AAAAA State Qualifier meet this past Saturday and then again on Monday. After having over 3 weeks off the Sharks looked a little rusty but still performed to their best. The highlight of the day/days was senior Jayson Brady who dominated his races setting a personal record in both events.
Jayson who was qualified in the 4×800 relay, 1600, and 3200 was determined to make the finals even with the school moving up to 5A this year. After seeing the rankings come out the coaches along with Jayson made the decision to not run in the 4×800 relay and save his legs for the 1600, which they thought was his best chance of moving on. It was time for the 1600 and when the athletes lined up at the starting line you could pick Jayson out easily as he was the tallest runner in the heat. BANG! The race started and Jayson took off from the line and after cutting into the inside found himself leading the pack. Jayson set a grueling pace against tough competition. The bell lap rang out and Jayson battled with another runner to finish the race in a new personal record of 4:29.00. This time was good enough to move Jayson on to the finals with the 5th fastest qualifying time. After giving everything he had Jayson was satisfied with his effort and decided not to run the 3200. Mother Nature was not having it. She let loose a thunderstorm that shook the stadium and sent the stands scurrying to their busses and cars. After a delay the weather broke and the meet continued, but this was short lived as the skies turned black once again and the delay was back on. After some more waiting in the vans the High School League gave the word that the meet would resume on Monday at 6:00 pm. This meet delay is what Jayson needed to recharge his batteries. He would run the 3200.
So Monday afternoon the Sharks loaded the van once again and made the long trip to Spring Valley. Now I will be honest usually the 2 mile is pretty boring and at local track meets people are checking their watches and packing their bags during the race but that was not the case this past Monday night when Jayson ran. Again, you could pick Jayson out easily as he was the tallest. BANG! The race started and Jayson flew around the first turn and at the cut line found himself in 2nd place. Laps 1-4 that is about where Jayson stayed moving only 1 or 2 places forward or backward as the runners went round and round. Lap 5 and 6 Jayson fell off the lead pack and moved back into 8th place which left his coaches questioning if he had anything left in the tank. At the start of lap 7 Coach Scheuer (cheering from the 200 meter mark) called Coach White (cheering with Coach McSorley from the finish line) and said he was going to have to run a 2:20 his final 800 to make a 9:50. Well Jayson had other plans. The final two laps Jayson kicked it into high gear and there wasn’t a faster kid on the track. Lap 7 he completed in 1:07 and his final lap he completed in 1:03 clocking a 2:10 final 800 meter. Folks that is a decent 800 time and even more impressive when you add in that he did that after running a mile and half. Jayson sprinted through the finish line finishing in 9:44.06, a more than 20 second PR and a new St James school record. This time also qualified Jayson as the last man into the finals in 8th place. Congratulations to Jayson on a tremendous effort.
Jayson will compete this coming Saturday at Spring Valley High in both the 1600 and the 3200 meter run. The other competitors better watch out because this kid has more in the tank and he is hungry for a state championship.