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Press photos by Bob FordHanasia Jenkins takes the handoff from Kenzie Bradley during the 400 relay at the District 11 meet last week. The 400 relay team will advance to states after taking second, while Bradley will also compete in the long jump. Press photos by Bob FordHanasia Jenkins takes the handoff from Kenzie Bradley during the 400 relay at the District 11 meet last week. The 400 relay team will advance to states after taking second, while Bradley will also compete in the long jump.

Making the Trip to Ship

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Kenzie Bradley, 400 relay heading to state meet

When she entered high school, Kenzie Bradley knew she wasn’t going to play softball. Instead, she discovered a sport that has well suited her.

The quick transition from softball to track has been a smooth one.

“My dad wanted me to play softball,” said Bradley, a junior. “Once I realized it really wasn’t for me, I was done with it. I just wanted to try (track) and I thought I would be OK with it.

“But I have really fallen in love with the sport. It has been great so far.”

The results certainly have shown it.

Bradley will make a trip to the PIAA state meet this weekend at Shippensburg University. She will be seated 16th in the long jump and will be a member of the Roughies’ successful 4X100 relay team.

She finished fourth at the recent PIAA District 11 meet in the long jump with a leap of 17-3 that qualified her for states. In addition, Bradley finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 33.04.

Bradley also was a member of the relay team along with Hanasia Jenkins, Tyra Brown, and Amaiya Johnson that finished second in a time of 51.36.

Both performances punched her and her teammates’ ticket to Shippensburg.

“We still have some problems with our handoffs,” said Bradley in reference to the relay team. “But things can change every day with the way we run. We’ll see how we do.”

As far as her jumps, Bradley tries to keep everything on an even keel.

“I try to eat healthy and stay focused,” she said. “I try not to talk about it too much and just stay humble. I just go out there and do what I have to do. If I have to think about it, I know I won’t do as well.”

Along with Bradley and her teammates, other Roughies who placed among the top were Tyra Brown, fifth in the 100 and 200; Jacob Wittman, third, pole vault; John Stires, ninth, pole vault; J.J. Gillespie, ninth, shot put; and Jamie Reppert, 11th, discus.

For Bradley, this week’s trip will be a memorable one.

“It will be cool,” she said. “I thought about this when I was younger. It will be a great experience for all of us. I know it won’t be easy, but we know we can be right there.”