By Kimaia Gassner
Last Friday on the 28th, Jesuit held their annual Nike Twilight Relay track & field competition. With state and districts coming up in the next couple weeks, Beaverton athletes have stepped up their game as the final stretch approaches.
One athlete in particular, senior Braden Masanga, has recently broken the school record in pole vaulting. After clearing the same height for multiple meets, Masanga defeated the Beaverton record that was held for the past 38 years. “It felt good. It was exciting because I went through a slump where I just cleared 14’6” for like five meets in a row. It felt really good to finally breakthrough.”
For the past three years, after breaking his arm his freshman year, Masanga has been working hard at pole vaulting. Though Masanga received an offer from PSU, he is still undecided where he will attend university next year. “If I don’t clear 16 feet or higher, then I’ll probably go to PSU and pole vault there, but I’m still trying to see if I get an offer from somewhere else.”
With states and districts coming up in the next couple weeks, Masanga is mentally preparing and prepping his body for these important meets. With the loose regimen of working out, eating, and sleeping, Masanga is confident in his abilities as districts and state are just around the corner. Masanga managed to PR 11 inches in one meet, so, it’s more than possible that he can clear 16’— a goal that is only six inches away.
Friday, April 28th, Masanga clears 15’6″ at the annual Twilight Relays at Jesuit to beat the Beaverton school record. Photo courtesy of Jean MacTarnahan.