Hanford Champion
Year: 2007
Team: Track (Boys)
Name: Keefe Brockman (High Jump - 6'8")
STATE CHAMPION
Keefe Brockman has his choice, he'd rather high jump first at a meet.

The Star Track XXV schedule worked out that way this year for the 3A boys, meaning the Hanford senior had his day set up perfectly -- high jump in the morning, triple jump in the afternoon.

It almost worked out perfectly, too. Brockman won the state title in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 8 inches on his first try, but perhaps too pumped up by that win, he couldn't settle in on the triple jump runway and had to settle for sixth with a best of 44-6.

"This is a great way to finish off my senior year at state," he said. "I like having the high jump first because it gets me in the right mood. It calms me down."

Brockman actually had the high jump won when he was the only jumper to make 6-5, doing so on his second attempt. He then moved the bar to 6-8 and after clearing that, took three cracks at 7-1, which would have broken the school record held by his jumps coach, Kurt Kraemer.

"I had to take a shot at the school record," Brockman said. "There was no pressure then. I could do what I've done all year, which is just go out and jump."

He tried the same strategy in the triple jump, and on his final attempt, he looked ready to bust a big jump when his left leg clipped the long jump board completing the second stage. It deflected into his right leg, opening a gash and sending him into the pit at an awkward angle.

"What can you do?" Brockman said, smiling. "I was trying real hard to get out there. It just didn't happen for me."

The triple jump title went instead to Hudson's Bay senior Magaiva Herman, who went 47-43/4 on his first jump of the day to add the triple to his long jump title from Friday.

And like Friday, Herman scratched several other good attempts before finishing his day with a 44-footer that left him with an almost-embarrassed grimace on his face.

"This feels great," Herman said. "This is the best part of the season, what I've been working for all year."

Herman was one of two double-winners at the two-day state championships at Edgar Brown Stadium -- Nathan Hale senior Abdi Hassan (800, 1,600 meters) was the other.

With no real dominant athletes racking up points for one school, Everett took advantage by picking up points in six events -- including a victory by J Hopkins in the 300 hurdles in 37.99 seconds -- to win the team title with 35 points.

Hassan repeated as champion in the 1,600 early in the day in 4:13.15, then came back to win the 800 in 1:54.78.

Hassan, nursing a tight right hamstring muscle and not liking the 85-degree temperatures, did just enough to win both titles, saving himself for next week's Meet of Champions in Seattle.