All the training and hard work for Lakeview High School track and field athletes over a long season culminated in the 3A District track meet in Bandon on May 16-17, with competitors from all eight schools in District 1 hoping to qualify for the state tournament.
LHS saved their best for last, the boys capturing the district title with 129 points and the girls finishing second behind St. Mary’s.
During the two-day meet anyone placing first or second in individual event finals automatically qualified to compete in the state tournament, taking place May 22-23 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
In the best overall performance for Lakeview’s team all season, no less than 16 new personal records were set by Honkers in individual events, while the boys and girls 4×400 relay teams both had their best times of the year.
Nine LHS athletes qualified at districts to go to the state tournament for individual events, plus four more making the trek to Eugene as part of relay teams.
The most impressive performance of the district meet was the girls 4×400 relay, placing second at 4:19.82, more than 14 seconds better than their best time all season. Madisen Schreder, Hall, and Cooney each set new personal records in their first place finishes in individual events.
Although the boys 4×400 relay team had their best time of the year by four seconds, a third place finish leaves them just short of qualifying. Others placing top five but short of qualifying for the trip to Eugene in individual events include Josh Fledderjohann and Dominic Leal in the 400-meters, both setting personal bests but finishing outside of the top two, Kyle Stanton in the 1500-meters, Nick Wiebelhaus in the 3000-meters, and Lily Sabin in the 1500-meters and 3000-meters. Sabin will participate in the state meet as part of the 4×400 relay team.
The 14 LHS athletes that will compete in the 3A State Tournament is more than double the amount (five) sent to last year’s state finals. Athletes from 38 high schools at the 3A level will compete in the two-day tournament.