Grayson Anderson got into a different orbit Thursday.
The Camas High School senior soared the bar set at 6 feet. Then 6-2. Then 6-4. Then 6-6.
The crowd of athletes and coaches watching his every move gave Anderson a few last bursts of energy in the thrusters. He finally came to a rest at 6 feet, 6 inches on the day, feeling accomplished.
“You always hope for days like this, but they don’t come around all that often,” Anderson said. “This is why I do track and field.”
This was the first time Anderson got the opportunity to close out a track and field meet. The Papermakers had already locked up their victories against Evergreen, but that didn’t stop them from coming over to the high jump pad to watch Anderson.
“Everything was in the right place, so I decided to put on a little show,” Anderson said. “This just wasn’t the day for a 6-8, but that day is coming soon.”