Bulletin Staff Report
Jeff Harrell, a member of Brownwood High School’s Class of 1960, will be competing in his sixth straight Texas Senior Games Championships in October.
Harrell, 65, is currently ranked No. 2 in the Masters Track national rankings for the discus with a best distance of 155-7 this year. Harrell’s career-best effort is 173-5.
Harrell is competing only in the discus due to a sore elbow this year. In previous years, Harrell has also taken part in the shot put and the javelin.
In seven meets this year, Harrell finished first in each. Gold medal performances took place at the Kerrville Senior Games, the San Antonio Senior Games, the Austin Senior Games, the Austin Masters Throwers Meet, the Elgin Masters Open, the Southwest USA Masters and the Texas Masters Championships.
In six years of Masters Track discus competition, Harrell has won first place in every meet he has participated in but two — his second-ever meet in 2001 and at the Masters Southwest Regional in 2003.
In both those meets he finished second, and in 2003 he lost by two inches in the discus to former two-time Olympian and hammer throw world-record holder Tom Gage.