Gaskell leaves his mark on DC track

Senior sets four school records and is named 1A athlete of the meet at state


Senior Keith Gaskell sprints up the runway of the triple jump at the 1A state track meet Friday in Eugene. Gaskell won two events and was named athlete of the meet.

Keith Gaskell will be talked about for a long time in Days Creek athletic circles.

The senior sprinter broke four school records this past season for the track and field team, which culminated with the OSAA state championships, where he was named the 1A athlete of the meet.

Gaskell set the school record in the 100-meter dash (11.12 seconds), 200 (22.95), long jump (22 feet, 2 1/4 inches) and triple jump (43-10) this spring.  He won the long jump and triple jump at state, was the runner-up in the 100 and was third in the 200.

Despite suffering from the flu, Gaskell was a four-event winner at the Special District 2 championships in Bend on May 20. A week earlier, he and his five teammates won the SD2 Southwest subdistrict meet, the first time the Wolves had won a meet during coach David Hunt’s tenure.

In the 100 and 200, Gaskell broke records previously held by his uncle, Jim Stever, who was a four-event star for the Wolves in the late 90s.

Gaskell also tried out some other events this season beyond his specialties, and ran the third-fastest 400-meter time in school history (53.53) and the 9th-best high jump mark at 5-8.

After attending Idaho Lineman School, Gaskell is considering competing at the community college level.