Daevon Anderson stands alone in the annals of the Hilliard Bradley High School boys track and field program.
The senior recorded the two best state performances in program history by placing second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles in the Division I state meet held June 1 and 2 at Ohio State.
The Jaguars have had only two other state placers in senior Alec Frymier, who finished seventh in the 110 hurdles (14.28) last year but was hampered by a hamstring injury this season, and 2012 graduate Sam Darling, who was seventh in the 100 (11.07) in 2011.
Anderson was leading in the 300 hurdles until hitting the final hurdle, which allowed Pickerington Central's Evan Matthews to pass him and cross the finish line first. Anderson finished in a program-record 37.17, just .04 of a second behind Matthews.
"I thought I was for sure going beat (Matthews) before that," Anderson said. "I hit that last hurdle and I thought I was going to fall all the way down. I knew he would be right there on my butt, so I knew when I hit that last hurdle so hard that he would catch me.
"It was a big PR for me. It was my last (high school) race, and I was glad that I gave it my all."
Anderson, the program's first two-time state placer, also was pleased with his performance in the 110 hurdles. He finished in 14.23.
"I didn't think I would end up getting third," said Anderson, who holds the program record in the event (14.09). "I was seeded seventh and ended up getting third, so that was great. I hadn't been running the 110 so well, so I'm really happy with this.
"I think it gave me some momentum going into the 300 hurdles. That's my better event. I'm quicker and faster, I have good hurdle form and I can get into my stride."
Anderson has committed to playing football and competing in track at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan. His roommate will be this year's state champion in the 110 hurdles, Jayden Rodgers of Olentangy Orange. Rodgers, who won the event in 13.83, also will play football and compete in track for the Lakers.
"(Jayden's) going to be my roommate (in college)," Anderson said as he gave Rodgers a fist-bump at state. "This is just the beginning."
Anderson also joined senior Kory Taylor, junior Zeke Bennett and sophomore Matthew Drovdlic at state on the 800 relay that finished 12th (1:29.64).
"I tried to keep my stagger up and keep the distance before handing off to Zeke," said Taylor, who ran the second leg. "It was fun for me and Daevon to get out here with the younger kids, Drov and Zeke. It was an overall great experience."
Anderson said running in the preliminary of the 800 relay helped give him confidence for his individual events.
"We came here and competed and that's what we needed to do," he said. "That helped give me another race on this track and that gave me more confidence."
The Jaguars scored 14 points at state to tie Cincinnati Withrow for 16th behind champion Pickerington Central (58) as 69 teams scored.
The girls team did not have any state competitors.
Girls lacrosse team gains three victories
The girls lacrosse team netted three more wins under first-year coach Courtney Johnson than it did last spring.
The 14th-seeded Jaguars lost at fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman 16-4 in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 tournament May 14 to finish 7-11 overall.
Last year, Bradley finished 4-15.
The Jaguars went 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place sixth, behind Dublin Jerome (6-0), Thomas Worthington (5-1), Worthington Kilbourne (4-2), Dublin Scioto (3-3) and Darby (2-4) and ahead of Delaware (0-6).
Bradley lost its first seven games before defeating Mentor 10-6 and Chillicothe 22-5 on April 21 in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas. The Jaguars won seven of their final 11 contests.
Bradley is losing four seniors in midfielders Maddie Clingman and Casey Mignery, attacker Hanna Reker and defender Callie Rogers.
Among the expected returnees are junior defender Emily Siford and freshman midfielder Mallory Mauracher (honorable mention all-league).