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May 12, 2007

Given to Fly: Freshmen blooming this spring across Valley

TERRE HAUTE — Every spring season — and every other high school sports season — freshmen burst onto the high school varsity sports scene, making coaches and veterans in their respective sports take notice.

This year is definitely no different.

On Wednesday, Sullivan freshman Jocelyn Bradford had the highlight of her young track career with wins in the 100-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles at the Western Indiana Conference track meet at Edgewood.

Bradford was thrilled with her victories, but she couldn’t help but mention that her brother, Sullivan sophomore Gene Bradford, would be impressed.

Gene, the school record holder in the 100 hurdles, matched his sister with two WIC titles Friday night.

Jocelyn said she got involved in hurdles after seeing how much success Gene had in middle school. It doesn’t hurt that her father Dan Bradford has helped coach the middle school and high school hurdlers at Sullivan.

Dan Bradford was the city hurdles champion in 1979 for San Pedro High School at Los Angeles.

Jocelyn saw Gene win seventh and eighth grade titles and decided she could achieve that success as well so she did.

Matching her brother by setting a school record in hurdles would be quite an accomplishment, considering Erica Moore set those marks. A freshman at Indiana State, Moore is now one of the top hurdlers in the Missouri Valley Conference.

“I’m happy for [Moore] doing really good, but it’s a lot to live up to,” Bradford said Wednesday. “I’m more happy to look good in my brother’s eyes.”

Sullivan coach Chad Smith said he likes Bradford’s chances of advancing out of the Terre Haute North Sectional on Tuesday. But Bradford will have her hands full with the likes of winning against Terre Haute North’s Miracle Thompson in the 100s and North’s Beth Liebler and South’s Brianne Steppe in the 300s.

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