King is Track & Field State Champion!
On Saturday, at the CHSAA State Track & Field Championships, Keira King was named Lake County’s latest state champion! Despite entering the 1600 meter run as the 7 seed, King ran confidently and surged to the first place position with 300m to go. She crossed the finish line as the victor with a time of 5 minutes 20 seconds, a personal best time by 17 seconds! In the 3200m run on Thursday, King dropped 27 seconds off her PR (personal record) to finish in 11:49 and the 2nd place spot. She also took 8th in the 800m by running 2:29, breaking the 2:30 barrier for the first time.
In the last competition of his high school athletic career, Jace Peters participated in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and pole vault. Staying relaxed in the first lap of the 800m, Peters moved up through the field on the second lap and ended up in a final sprint with Jackson Neppl, last year’s 800m champion. Although Neppl got the win, Peters finished only half a second behind him with a new PR of 1:56.90. That time was within 1 second of the Lake County school record set by Tim Mondragon in 1980. Peters also placed 4th in the pole vault (12’7″), 4th in the 1600m (4:26) and 6th in the 3200m (10:06).
Sophomores Susie Bullock and Amara Olsen represented Lake County in the 2A pole vault event. Olsen cleared a personal best 8’7″ to claim a 9th place medal. Bullock tied for 2nd place with her jump of 9’1.”
In the boys’ pole vault competition, sophomore Matthew Wilson cleared 12’1” and took 7th. Senior Anthony Harris tied his personal best mark of 11’1” and finished 15th.
Junior Clara Kirr led off the Lady Panthers’ 4x800m relay with a split of 2 minutes 39 seconds. Indigo Olsen and Tal Sheleg, both sophomores, kept the team in the front half of the competitors with splits of 2:45 and 2:44. Junior Violet Hill anchored the relay by completing her leg in 2:38. As a team, the girls took 8th in 10:47, their best time of the season. Hill also participated in the 3200m run. She ran her 2nd best time ever, finishing the 8 laps in 13:02 and 16th place.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams placed 12th in the overall team competition.