Track star Freeman does it again

BHS junior Tim Freeman set a school record in the 800 meter run for the second time in eight days, running 1:54.4 at the Oregon/Washington Meet of Champions on Sunday to break the mark he established at Star Track XX by nearly a second.

The meet matches many of the top finishers in the two states’ respective state championships in a finals-only format at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

“I really didn’t want to lead this time,” said Freeman, who had reluctantly paced the field through the opening 400 meters at Star Track when no one else stepped up. But much the same thing happened this time, as no one took charge in the opening 200 meters.

Freeman finally forced the pace, leading the pack through the first 400 meters in 56 seconds. Coming out of the first turn, an Oregon runner jumped him and quickly opened a two-meter lead.

Freeman caught his opponent with 30 meters to go, and pulled away for the win.

“This race was a lot different than State,” he said. “It was way less stressful and I was a lot more relaxed on the starting line. I knew I could get first so I went for it.”

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