By Hunter Franklin, junior
Excellence is a huge part of Beaverton High. It is what we strive for, what we expect, and what we wish upon others. With the start of the second semester and spring sports season, there have been many cases of pure excellence. After two track meets, your Beaverton Beavers have wiped the competition. A big start to the season with a marginal win over Liberty in both girls and boys events, with stars rising such as Ryan Turner, Nathan Reed, and Maia Elliott. With an extreme effort and constant drive to get better, these athletes have begun to taste a sense of excellence. After week two, more stars have risen.
After working throughout Spring Break, athletes such as Ben MacKinnon made great strides during the meet against Mountainside at Beaverton on Wednesday of last week. Ben competed in the 400 meter race, the 4 by 4 relay, and the 300-meter hurdles. His first event of the day, the 400-meter race, was a tough one for Ben. Ben is currently ranked top ten in the Metro league for his 400 meters. He ended coming in second. Ben was not done anytime soon. He then had the 300-meter hurdles where he truly shined. Starting in lane three, Ben was off to the races. After around 250 meters, Ben turned it up. With a Mountainside runner right next to him on his right side, Ben realized there were three hurdles left and that he had to go. While keeping composure, Ben soared over the last three hurdles. The Mountainside hurdler was stumbling and tripping over the hurdles, but Ben was of pure composure, and ended up taking the win.
At this point, it has been a long day for Ben MacKinnon, but he is not done yet. He is still competing in the last event of the meet, the 4 by 4. With teammates, Terrell Lawson, Ramiro Espindola, and Tre Hamilton, Ben was warmed up and ready to go. Ben was the third leg. After Tre and Ramiro’s laps, it was Ben’s turn to run the lap. He finished the lap with speed and precision. Terrell took it home for the first place finish in the fourth leg. (Insert Picture #3) Beaverton High’s Track and Field meet against Mountainside truly showed Ben MacKinnon’s character. In competing at a high level, Ben found excellence. This is why Ben is a great example of excellence at THE Beaverton High School.