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There’s no one
Hermiston’s Jazlyn romero and Heppner’s
Hunter nichols had golden seasons
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
By ANNIE FOWLER
azlyn romero and Hunter nichols
could not be more different. nichols is
a distance runner, whereas a trip down
the javelin runway is far enough for
the one thing that brings them
together is that they are the best at what
they do, which earned them the east
Oregonian’s Outstanding athletes for track and
romero, a junior at Hermiston, is one of the top
high school javelin throwers in the nation. She is the
first Oregon athlete to win a Washington state title.
“She wants to be on top (of the podium) every
time,” Hermiston coach emilee Strot said. “I think a
lot of people still think of her as a basketball player.
She is much more.”
nichols, a senior at Heppner, dominated on the
track all season. He struck gold at the 2a state track
meet, winning the 800 meters, the 3,000 meters, and
ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x400 relay.
“He is a hard worker,” said Heppner coach russ
nichols of his son. “I’ve never had to worry about
Hard to beat
When Hermiston moved from the OSAA to
the WIAA this year, Romero already was on the
national radar in the javelin.
this spring, she moved up into the top 10 at one
point, and this week is ranked 12th with a personal
best throw of 151 feet, 9 inches.
“Being 12th is still really exciting,” romero said.
“My goal this season was to break the school record.
a lot of the time this season, I forgot I had another
season to do it. I’m striving to get it early next year.”
Michelle Coombs holds the school record with a
mark of 155-11, set in 2008.
romero won the 3a state javelin title in May
with a throw of 144-11. It was the second-longest
winning throw in the 3a division at state in the past
“I went in confident, but no too confident,” she
said. “Going in, my mark was the furthest, and I had
that security, but anything can happen.”
Of the 12 meets she threw the javelin in this
spring, there were only two she did not win. She was
sixth at the prestigious Pasco Invite, and second at
the dean nice Invite in Gresham.
While she excels at the javelin, she’s also work-
ing on doing the same in the discus. She placed in
the top three in seven of the 13 meets she entered.
See Track, Page B3