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Good for the gold: Mount Si javelin thrower Bradly Stevens sets sights on Junior Olympics, more broken records
It’s been a big year for Mount Si junior Bradly Stevens, and it’s nowhere near over yet.
Stevens was Mount Si’s winningest track and field athlete, earning gold in his sport, the javelin throw. His track career has arced like sports fiction, but the facts are true. Stevens hit a personal record and personal goal at the WIAA state track finals last week, hitting 205 feet.
“Two-oh-five was my goal and I finally hit it,” Stevens said.”I’d been stretching and working hard for it.”
“Everything’s just kind of happening,” he added, “Everything we’ve been planning for, everything I’ve been working for, for the past five years.”
He now holds the high school record at Mount Si, beating out his brother Kyle, a Mount Si grad who’s now a junior at WSU. Their father, Dan, was the unrestricted javelin record holder for Mount Si.
There’s no family rivalry in this family of throwers. In fact, Bradly’s sibling and father push him on.
“They’re rooting for me,” Stevens said. “And I still have next year to throw even farther, to break that record even more.”
The gold that Stevens won at track is now part of a “big clump” of medals in his room’s trophy stash. More could follow, as Stevens contemplates a Junior Olympics competition this summer. He came in first for his age at nationals by 10 feet, and thinks he can hit 230 as a Mount Si High School senior.
The six-foot-three Fall City athlete is now lifting weights daily, every Sunday training with coaches Jan Olov and Dave Ovall.
While it’s early, the Wildcat thrower would like to study as a Cougar at Washington State, where Kyle attends.
“We’d be throwing together—that would be cool,” he said. “We help each other out.”