Brody Bushnell

Brody Bushnell runs the 800 on the track at Oregon State during a recent meet.

While the PHS boys and girls track team compete today in the district meet at Sisters, let me share with you some interesting news from the middle-school level.

Those who follow the cross-country and distance running scene in Philomath have likely heard or read about Brody Bushnell’s accomplishments. An eighth-grader, Bushnell back on April 26-27 won the 800-meter run at the Whyte Track and Field Center at Oregon State.

Competing in the “Middle School Challenge” in the OSU High Performance Track Meet, Bushnell ran the two laps in 2:00.18 — the fastest time in the event for a middle-schooler nationwide according to my local sources.

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Yes, you read that correctly — best time in the country. Bushnell won the event by a staggering 9-plus seconds over the runner-up. He completed the first 400 meters in a blazing 56.24 seconds. Although it’s a split, that first-lap time would be a new school record at Philomath Middle School for 400 meters.

By the way, Ben Hernandez was third and Mateo Candanoza fifth in the same race.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Brody and several of our other talented middle-schoolers coming up as they put on Warriors uniforms in the future.

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