Brayden Gray nearly didn’t even make it to state. Based on last year’s rules, he wouldn’t have, placing fifth in the 300-hurdles in the Div. III Perry regional meet. But a new rule allowed him to sneak into the fun of state, and he fared well. Gray may have come into the event occupying the 18th and last-place spot in the event, but he justified his being at state by running a 40.55 and finishing 11th overall. Better yet, nine of the runners in front of him graduate this year, leaving the door wide open.