LHS Coach Bobbie Steninger split the team into two separates crews for the two track meets, not wanting to have athletes double up in competition on back-to-back days. As a result team scores lagged behind other teams competing with the short-handed crews, the girls team having the best overall finish with a fourth place final at Friday’s Ranchers Invitational, but there was no shortage of individual standouts or new personal records set on both days of competition for LHS student-athletes.
Saturday’s competition was particularly important, as a qualifying meet its results are key to athletes hopeful of making the state tournament, scheduled for May 22-23 in Eugene.
At the Ranchers Invitational on Friday the boys mostly participated in just the field events while the runners got to showcase their talents on Saturday. While the girls events were split more evenly between both track meets.
Tyler McManus was the top finisher on Friday, capturing third place in the javelin with a throw of 129’01” and also finishing fifth in the high jump at 5’2”. Not to be outdone, Cody Castle and Rennie Neider both set new records in the long jump while Jose Guitron set his best mark in javelin.
For the boys team Lane Hadley captured third in the 100-meters with a blazing time of 11.58. Steven Hedlund and Dominic Leal both improved on their top times in the 800-meters, while Hedlund also broke his best mark in the 1500-meters, and Nick Wiebelhaus set a new personal record in the 3000-meters with a time of 10:35.73.
The girls team once again featured the athletic throwing talents of Delaney Hall and Miranda Conley, Hall sweeping the javelin competition once more with a throw of 130’10”, while Conley took second in shot put and fourth in discus. Hall is currently ranked in the top-10 in the entire country in javelin.
Freshman phenom distance runner Lily Sabin set new personal records in both the 800-meters and 3000-meters, while Tenysen Patzke finished close behind in the 800-meters. Anna Fledderjohann set a new personal best in the 400-meters with a time of 1:08.29, and Madisen Schreder ran her best time ever in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing seventh at 17.22 seconds.
Megan Reese and Jenna Davis both placed in the 300-meter hurdles, and Taylor Watts placed in the 100-meters.