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Port Coquitlam javelin thrower takes aim at NCAA nationals

Bryan Cortes competed in track and field, soccer and football when he was at Terry Fox Secondary.
Terry Fox grad Bryan Cortes finished second in the javelin throw at last weekend's Great Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships at Western Oregon University

Port Coquitlam's Bryan Cortes will be throwing his javelin for Simon Fraser University (SFU) at the NCAA Div. II track and field championships later this month at Colorado State University Pueblo.

The 2017 Terry Fox Secondary grad finished second at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships last weekend at Western Oregon University.

Cortes' best throw of 60.34 metres was more than a metre short of the winning throw by Western Washington University’s Jaydon Tryon (61.75). 

It was also just shy of his own personal record, 60.47 metres, that he accomplished at the Jennifer Roger Swan Memorial meet in Abbotsford earlier this month.

While Cortes has surpassed the 58.75 metres provisional qualifying standard for the Div. II championships, his top result is still 28 centimetres short of the 60.75 meters he needed to qualifying automatically for the trip to Colorado May 26-28. But on Tuesday, he was on the list of 43 competitors in the men's javelin event.

Cortes, a junior at SFU, competed in track and field, soccer and football when he was at Terry Fox.

It’s been a breakout season for Cortes, who earlier earned honours as the GNAC’s track and field athlete of the week twice in three weeks for his results at various competitions.