Lakeview High School Track Coach Bobbie Steninger was beaming with pride after the performance of the LHS team at the Summit Invitational on Wednesday, March 19, the first official meet of the season.
“We have a big team this year, I am so pleased with our athletes and coaching staff with the way they’ve worked, our coaching staff is second to none,” said Steninger.
The proof of that hard work is in the results, where 18 student-athletes placed third or higher in events at the JV meet. Five LHS athletes went to state last year, and with the returning talent and new faces Steninger expects many more to go to district and state this year.
It was a great day for the LHS throwers, with Miranda Conley taking first in discus with a distance of 103 feet, 40 feet further than the second best competitor. Conley also finished second in the javelin behind fellow LHS junior Delaney Hall. On the men’s side senior Tyler McManus placed second in the javelin, senior Marco Guitron earned second in the shot put, and sophomore Austin Webb claimed third in discus.
Steninger also highlighted Connor Lysne, who captured the triple jump title with a jump of 36 feet, and Anna Fledderjohann, who finished third in the pole vault.
While it is still very early in the season, Steninger believes that with some strong showings in future meets there could be as many as nine men and nine women from this year’s team that could potentially reach the 3A championship state meet.
The LHS track team will compete next at the Medford Rotary Relays on Saturday, April 5. The first home track meet will be the Lakeview 4-way on Tuesday, April 8.