EUGENE – Jesuit’s Julian Body continued his super junior season on the track by placing 3rd in the junior 400-meter hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in a new All-Time Oregon high school record time of 51.98. It was the second personal best of the weekend for Body, a double 6A state champion in the hurdles, who will be back at Jesuit next year chasing the oldest All-Time Oregon boys’ state record on the books.
Aloha’s Ken Scott holds the record with his amazing time of 36.10 over the 300-meter hurdles in the 1979 state meet. Body has a personal best of 37.44, so he will have his work cut out for him. Oregon high schools run the shorter 300-meter distance, but at national junior meets the boys run the 400-meter hurdles.
When we asked Julian if he was going after Ken's record he said,
"I thought about it, that's a pretty strong record".
Body had already bested the former state record with his 52.57 in the semifinals on Friday, which happened to be his school record as well. The time eclipsed the former best of 52.59, set last year at the U.S. junior meet by fellow Crusader Max Dordevic, now running at the University of Texas.
Body was named the 2015 Gatorade Oregon Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year after sweeping the Oregon 6A state titles in both hurdle events. Body is also an excellent student in the classroom at Jesuit, boasting a 3.9 GPA.
Julian Body – Personal Records
Sprints: 100-meters: 11.06, 200-meters: 22.30, 400-meters: 47.80 (Relay Split)
Hurdles: 110-HH: 14.21, 300-IH: 37.44, 400H: 51.98 (All-Time Oregon State Record)