COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge track and field team qualified several athletes for this weekend's Class 4 state championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
At last Saturday's Lebanon sectional, Lauren Flaker won the girls 100 meters, beating defeanding state champion Ekate Lymon for the second week in a row, while Samantha Garrett qualified in the 1600- and 3200-meter races. The Bruins are also sending their 4x100 girls relay team. Austin Luecke placed second in the boys 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Chris Walton was second in the 100- and 200-meter run, and Matty Bennett was second in the 1600 meters. The Bruins also placed second in the boys 4x200 relay.
Class 3 and Class 4 Track & Field Championships
WHEN: Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Lincoln University, Jefferson City
“Right now our 4x200 boys team is ranked in the top four in Missouri, and Lauren has beaten the defending state champion, so we’d like to think those folks are going to do really well this weekend," Rock Bridge coach Neal Blackburn said. "Our distance runners also performed well, so we’re just hoping to reach Day 2 and see what can happen.”
Flaker ran the 100 meters at the sectional in 12.41 seconds. The winning time at last year’s state championship was 12.61.
“I’ve never participated in a state championship event before, so this is really exciting,” Flaker said, “and I get to do it with a bunch of other girls who are so excited to do this, and it’s their first time also.
“To win state, wow. I haven’t really thought about it because I’m cautiously optimistic about almost everything, so I think it would be really cool. But at the same time, I want to focus on running really well before I can focus on winning state.”