Athletes wearing the distinctive "L" on their uniforms made regular trips to the awards podium as the Lutheran boys won their fourth Class 3A team title in a row and the girls finished fourth at the May 20 and 21 state track meet at Jefferson County …
Athletes wearing the distinctive "L" on their uniforms made regular trips to the awards podium as the Lutheran boys won their fourth Class 3A team title in a row and the girls finished fourth at the May 20 and 21 state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium.
“Today was a big day for both of our teams. It is special for the boys as they won their fourth state title. It was a good experience for the coaches too since we have been coaching many of these boys since they were freshmen,” Lutheran coach Darwin Horan said. “On the boys side, we lose some good seniors to graduation but we only have one senior on our girls team, so we should be very strong again next year.”
The Lion boys team amassed 104 points to win the championship. The only individual event gold medals went to Jacob Dack, who won the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 6.5 inches, and Adam Dawson, who won the discus with a throw of 203 feet, 1 inch.
However, the Lions piled up team points as athletes finished high in the standings in their events. For example, Dack was third in the discus and Dawson was fifth in the shot put.
In the 3A girls competition Lutheran junior Maya Evans earned a spot in the record books by finishing in four events, which is all the events allowed for an individual athlete. In individual competition, she won the 100-meter dash (11.83 seconds), the 200-meter dash (29.35 seconds) and the long jump (19 feet, 6 inches). On May 21, she completed her winning streak as she joined forces with Madi Bottin, Riley Darnell and Nyah Streib to win the 4x100 relay in a state meet record time of 48.35.
“Yesterday was OK. I won the long jump but I didn't feel it was my best effort,” she said after winning the 100-meter dash on May 21. “Today, I felt I ran better and my 11.83 in the 100, which is a personal best for me. Running here at the state meet is exciting and the atmosphere plus other runners pushing me helped motivate me to push myself harder.”
She said she likes all the events but her favorite is the long jump. In qualifying for the state meet, she recorded a jump of 21 feet, 10 inches.
“I feel long jump pushed me the most,” she said. “I guess that is because if I made a good jump on my first try but scratch that pushes me to make sure I don't scratch the next time as I make an even better jump on the second try.”