On track and field’s most historic and prestigious stage of Hayward Field, Lakeview High School saved their absolute best for last, bringing home four state titles and nearly every LHS athlete setting a new personal record at the OSAA state championships in Eugene May 22-23.
If big eyes and butterflies were present on the world’s most hallowed track and field grounds, the Honkers sure didn’t show it. The LHS blitz through competition on Friday afternoon became all the talk among fans and coaches on the second day of the OSAA state championships.
Things started going Lakeview’s way early, Delaney Hall winning the 3A girls javelin competition with a throw of 137’04”, her second best distance of the year, capturing Lakeview’s lone state title from the opening day of competition.
Friday though was Lane Hadley’s day to shine. The senior competing in his last athletic event for LHS after a remarkable career in football and basketball as well as on the track, Hadley was simply unstoppable among the 3A competition. Hadley reached the top of the podium three times, not losing a single event in heats or finals. Hadley captured the 100-meters crown at 11.09 seconds, and also brought home the 200-meters state title at 22.65 seconds, both times a new personal record.
Hadley also anchored the 4×100 relay team, joined by teammates Michael Cooney, Connor Lysne and Steven Hedlund. Pierce Schreder was supposed to be on the team as well as compete in pole vault and high jump, but a fractured vertebrae in the district tournament ended his season. The Lakeview foursome barely edged Westside Christian at 44.32 in the relay, winning by 0.04 seconds.
The four state titles put the LHS boys team fourth overall in 3A team standings, while the girls team placed tenth.
The two days of competition included 13 LHS athletes total with Schreder unable to compete, almost everyone setting new marks at every turn. Senior Michael Cooney set a best in long jump at 21’1.75”, good enough for second place. Cooney also set a new personal record in the 200-meters at 23.28, finishing behind teammate Hadley for ninth place.
Lysne cracked 40 feet for the first time in his career in the triple jump, jumping a personal best 40’3.75”, finishing seventh.
For the girls, Delaney Hall in addition to the state title in javelin also competed in pole vault, placing fourth. A mistake in judging could have possibly kept her in competition longer, but a 9’6” clearance was falsely set at 9’9”, a height which Hall appeared to have been able to clear on her attempts at the mismarked height. Hall barely nudged the bar, being eliminated at the incorrect height. Still, her 9’3” successful clearance was a new personal record.
Miranda Conley fought through bad allergies on Thursday to finish sixth in discus with a throw of 107’5”, and followed that up with a fourth place finish in shot put on Friday at 35’7.25”.
Madisen Schreder also set a new career best, placing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday at 16.30 seconds.
Also competing for the girls team was the 4×400 relay team comprised of Schreder, Taylor Watts, Tenysen Patzke and Anna Fledderjohann, finishing ninth in the event at 4:20.75.