Gervais' Limage breaks 46-year old school track record
Brian Limage missed out on one chance to set a school record; he wasn't going to let a second opportunity slip through his fingers.
The Gervais High School senior had a career day at Salem Academy High School on April 28, setting a pair of personal records in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the latter of which broke a 46-year old school record.
Facing off against a field that included the hosting Crusaders, as well as Colton and North Clackamas Christian high schools, Limage opened his day in the 100, recovering from a poor start to cruise to a half second victory in the event with a time of 11.22 seconds.
"The 100 I slipped on my blocks," Limage said. "I had a really bad start. I exploded so the blocks slipped back."
As Limage regained his footing, it allowed the other sprinters to take a head start of two or three steps before the Gervais senior hit his stride. He was able to catch up to the field in short order, beating out his previous best mark by 0.21 seconds.
His time of 11.22 seconds put him third on the school's all-time 100-meter list, 0.01 seconds behind 1995 graduate Clint Anderson (11.21) and within reach of the school's record holder, Marady Chhun, who set a hand-timed finish of 10.9 seconds in 2011. Adding 0.24 seconds to account for the hand-time puts Chhun's mark at 11.14 seconds, which would have been eclipsed had Limage's blocks not slipped on his opening push.
Limage wasted little time in making up for it when he lined up at the corner of the track for the 200 later that evening. With a blistering time of 22.64 seconds, Limage came in just a fraction of a second below the previous school record set in 1975 by Tom Sinn, back when the event wasn't measured in meters.
"I was chasing it for a long time, so then I got the 22.6, and I didn't know that the 200, that was in yards, not meters, so you had to convert," Limage said. "I felt good."
A state medalist in the 400 when he last competed for the Cougars in 2019, Limage has been focused on the sprints this season in order to attract the attention of college track and field programs. Limage's third-place time of 51.31 at state as a sophomore puts him third overall in the school record books, cementing his place as one of Gervais High School's all-time great track athletes, but the senior is looking to further shave time off his two events to earn scholarship opportunities at the next level.
"It's everyone's dream to go D1, but you got to put in work to make it a reality, so that's what I'm doing right now," Limage said. "Coming into this season, I didn't do football this year, but I was in the gym working on my twitch muscles, my quads."
Limage has received interest from University of Oregon and Jackson State University in Mississippi, as well as smaller local schools such as Eastern Oregon, Linfield and Western Oregon. The senior would like to continue his career running at Hayward Field for U of O, but needs to break the 22-second mark first.
"I think I can definitely reach to 21 and get a partial scholarship and still work," Limage said. "I know that I'm there. I haven't had competition to really push me, so that's also a major thing."
Limage's two times at Gervais puts him at the top of all 2A sprinters so far, and his time in the 200 is ranked fifth in the state among every classification. Regardless of where he ends up following this season, Limage is determined to continue to improve and build on his high school success at the next level.
"After this year, I'm going straight to college and putting in the same work the next four years," he said.
But Limage wasn't the only Gervais athlete to make noise at the Salem Academy meet. In addition to his two victories, the Cougars won six other events on the day. Senior Katie Hanson took home first place in the long jump with a mark of 15 feet, nine inches and added a 59.78 finish in the 400, the event she won a state title in as a sophomore.
Hanson's time of 58.88 in her championship race in 2019 put her just 0.04 seconds behind school record holder Elaine Kostrikin (58.84) in 1978, and her finish at Salem Academy was just the third time in her career she has broken the one-minute barrier in the event. Hanson currently holds the top 2A times in the 200 (27.42) and 400 this season, is second in the long jump and third in the 100 (13.13).
Hanson teamed with Judith Santos, Izzy Boyd and Lilly McCargar to place first in the 4x100 relay in 55.10,
McCargar also launched herself into school record conversation at the event, winning the javelin with a heave of 120-07 — the third best mark at Gervais using the 600 gram javelins behind Alex Stricker (125-08, 2006) and Tiana Andreeff (124-05, 2002). McCargar's throw is the third best in the state at the 2A level.
McCargar also placed second in the 100 (14.37). Boyd added a first place finish in the high jump at 4-04, while Araceli Vasquez placed third in the javelin with a season-best throw of 95-08.5 to round out the scoring for the girls team.
On the boys side, sophomore Javier Rodriguez set a new PR in the 800 with a first-place time of 2:27.82.
The Cougars return to action on Thursday when they host a Special District 2 meet against Colton and Kennedy high schools.
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