By Brad Fauber
WOODSTOCK -- Central junior Justin Bauserman admits he was a little upset with himself during the early stages of last Wednesday's Bull Run District track and field championships at Strasburg.
Bauserman, already a prolific competitor for the Falcons in the 300-meter hurdles, had his sights set on the district record in the 110-meter high hurdles at the championships. Unfortunately for Bauserman, he couldn't quite find a rhythm during the event, and his first-place time of 15.51 seconds fell short of the record of 15.08 set by Manassas Park's Tyree Durr in 2011.
The failed attempt at the record didn't sit well with Bauserman.
"I was angry because I didn't get the 110 [record], because I kept messing up in the middle. I was mad, so I was like 'I'm going to go break my own record,'" Bauserman said.
Bauserman turned that anger into motivation as he prepared for his second event of the day -- the 300 hurdles. Bauserman, the defending Group A state champion in the event, bounded his way to a winning time of 39.46, shaving 0.29 seconds off his previous district record of 39.75 that he set last season.
Bauserman, The Northern Virginia Daily's Boys Athlete of the Week for May 12-18, admitted after his race last Wednesday to watching the clock towards the end of his race, and Bauserman said before practice on Monday that he is aiming for a time in the 38-second range.
"I was sitting there watching the clock while I was coming through and that's when I just kind of jogged past the finish line. I got a 39, but I was hoping for a 38," Bauserman said. "That's my next goal, pretty much."
In addition to Bauserman's district championships in both hurdle events, the junior also helped Central's boys 4x400 relay team take top honors with a state-qualifying time of 3:34.08.
Bauserman's success in the district championship -- which helped Central's boys team win the title with 100 total points -- came as no surprise to Falcons coach Rick Lytton.
"He did really well -- he broke a district record that he set last year, and in the 4x400 relay he had an outstanding leg in that," Lytton said. "It was sort of a typical meet that we expect out of him."
Bauserman has been a reliable competitor for Central since his freshman season two years ago, when he qualified for the Region B championships in both hurdle events. Bauserman said he fell during both events at regionals his freshman season, and he used that as motivation during his state championship season last year.
This season, Bauserman has his sights set on repeating as the Group A champion in the 300 hurdles, and he once again has a little bit of personal ammunition to help spur him along as he prepares to meet that challenge.
"I'm kind of mad because last year, I actually did lose. The only reason I actually won was because Chuck [Moorman] from Manassas Park hit me with his hurdle ... but he still was beating me ... hands down he beat me last year at states," Bauserman said. "He should've won. But it's been crushing me. I want to win normally, like how I do in a race."
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