At this point in his high school track career, Josh Braverman is working on fine-tuning.
“This season is just about getting faster and stronger,” he said. “It’s not really about the times this year.
“The times would be nice, but the goal is to be ready when I get to college, and just having a cleaner race — fixing up the little things here and there.”
Braverman, a River Ridge senior who signed with the University of Iowa in November, won two more races on Saturday afternoon. He was one of seven local winners.
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Braverman swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the 57th Shelton Invitational, as he was favored to do, seemingly with ease.
His time in the 110 hurdles, 14.34 seconds, was nearly a second in front of Woodland’s Jacob Davis, who took second.
Braverman then whisked to another win in the 300 hurdles, posting a 38.94. He was the only hurdler to run the race in less than 40 seconds.
The gap was expected. Braverman has led the state in both races since his season began.
With that in mind, he’s keying in on minor improvements that could make his state-best times (14.11, 110 hurdles; 37.62, 300 hurdles) even faster.
“In the 110s, the quickness of me coming over the hurdles with my lead leg is the main focus,” Braverman said.
“For the 300s, just (having) a faster and more consistent pace through the whole race.”
Braverman is the defending Class 2A champion in the 300 hurdles. He took second in the 110 hurdles as a junior.
TIMBERLINE TRIPLE JUMPERS TAKE TITLES
Both Timberline senior Jaylen Taylor and junior Keshara Romain won the triple jump at Shelton, and both remain contenders for 3A state titles.
Taylor launched a jump of 46 feet, 7 1/4 inches to win the boys event over his club teammate Omarei Gregory from Rogers.
The jump was short of Taylor’s personal best — 46-9, set at the Oregon Relays earlier this month — but he said the plan is to peak at the state meet.
He is ranked second in 3A behind Shadle Park’s Jakobe Ford (47-5 1/2).
“I’m satisfied with the day,” Taylor said. “I got a (win).”
Romain, meanwhile, jumped a season-best 36-11 1/2 to win the girls event by more than three feet.
“I’m where I want to be,” she said.
Romain is nearing her personal best — 37-0 3/4 — set at last year’s Shelton Invitational. She is currently the second-ranked triple jumper in 3A.
CODYS TOP FIELD
Shelton senior Cody Simon won the boys pole vault with a height of 14-0.
He continues to lead the area in the event, and is the fifth-ranked pole vaulter in 3A after posting a personal-best 14-3 in Chehalis last weekend.
Saturday, Simon cleared each of his first three heights — 13-0, 13-6 and 14-0 — on the first attempt.
“I was at a plateau for about a year,” Simon said. “I was stuck at 13-6. But, I got on new poles, and I’ve been working on getting up through.
“The season is coming to the end, but everything is starting to roll.”
Simon’s teammate, junior Cody Hall, won the boys javelin with a personal-best throw of 174-0. That bumps him up several spots in the rankings. He is now fourth in 3A.
Two more locals, Olympia senior Lauren Wilson and Northwest Christian senior Elizabeth Stottlemyre, won events.
Wilson — who is ranked fifth in 4A in the girls high jump after posting a personal-best 5-5 earlier this week — won the event at 5-4 on Saturday.
“I’ve felt very consistent,” Wilson said. “Even though it’s been really bad weather, I feel like we’ve gotten quality practices, so it’s been good.”
Stottlemyre threw a season-best 132-4 to win the girls javelin. She remains second in 2B behind Kalama’s Kaelyn Shipley (158-5).
57TH ANNUAL SHELTON INVITATIONAL — WINNERS
100 — Dorien Simon, Lakes, so., 11.08
200 — Ian Collins, Peninsula, sr., 22.46
400 — Malik Malutama, Todd Beamer, sr., 50.05
800 — Bryce Johnson, Sehome, sr., 1:59.26
1 mile — Jack Shields, Gig Harbor, sr., 4:32.09
3,200 — Colin Monaghan, Puyallup, jr., 9:44.38
110 hurdles — Josh Braverman, River Ridge, sr., 14.34
300 hurdles — Josh Braverman, River Ridge, sr., 38.94
4x100 relay — Gig Harbor (Ryan King, so.; Jurrian Hering, so.; Marc Fletcher, sr.; Harrison Horwath, sr.) 43.01
4x400 relay — Lakes (Zarrion Hill, sr.; Aamaree Harrington, sr.; Dorien Simon, so.; Terrill Andrews, sr.) 3:27.26
Shot put — Nolan Van Amen, South Kitsap, sr., 59-0 1/2
Discus — Nolan Van Amen, South Kitsap, sr., 166-9
Javelin — Cody Hall, Shelton, jr., 174-0
High jump — Devin Merksick, Hoquiam, sr., 6-4
Pole vault — Cody Simon, Shelton, sr., 14-0
Long jump — Seren Dances, Port Townsend, sr., 23-1
Triple jump — Jaylen Taylor, Timberline, sr., 45-7 1/4
100 — Jelani Heath, Rogers, sr., 12.13
200 — Christal Johnson, Puyallup, so., 25.82
400 — Christal Johnson, Puyallup, so., 56.93
800 — Malania Thacker, Rogers, sr., 2:19.49
1 mile — Abby Johnson, Sehome, sr. 5:13.11
3,200 — Rachel Kastama, Puyallup, sr., 10:58.99
110 hurdles — Claire Hansen, Todd Beamer, sr., 14.83
300 hurdles — Plamedie Masiala, Rogers, sr., 46.7
4x100 relay — Todd Beamer (Briawna Kelly, sr.; Kinidy Dayley, so.; Madison Heck, fr.; Akiya Bell, sr.) 49.17
4x200 relay — (Did not run race).
4x400 relay — Puyallup (Tabitha Messineo, jr.; Emily Cardwell, fr.; Charisma Smith, fr.; Christal Johnson, so.) 4:06.89
Shot put — Hadassah Ward, Gig Harbor, jr., 42-2 1/2
Discus — Karlee Freeman, Raymond, jr., 148-7
Javelin — Elizabeth Stottlemyre, Northwest Christian, sr., 132-4
High jump — Lauren Wilson, Olympia, sr., 5-4
Pole vault — Tawni Blankenship, North Beach, jr., 11-0
Long jump — Kaiki-Law Proctor, Puyallup, jr., 17-0 1/2
Triple jump — Keshara Romain, Timberline, jr., 36-11 1/2