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Gyasmine Butler (seen above) ran the first leg of the 4x8. The David Oliver Classic was held at JDL fast track; states will also be held there this weekend.
Gyasmine Butler (seen above) ran the first leg of the 4×8. The David Oliver Classic was held at JDL fast track; states will also be held there this weekend.

On January 25 in Leesville’s biggest track meet of the year, a school record was set, and Leesville qualified for states in over five events.

Leesville’s winter track team traveled to Winston-Salem for the David Oliver Classic Invitational. David Oliver, Olympic hurdler, puts on the event as a final regular season meet to give schools one last chance to qualify for states, and Leesville took full advantage of this opportunity.

Lance Bullerwell, senior, qualified in the 1600 with an impressive time of 4:39.43; he, along with Carson Ellerby, Anthony Strapp and Michael Bloemeke also helped qualify Leesville in the mens’ 4×8.

“It was our best race of the year, by far,” said Bullerwell. The four put up a good time, but it didn’t break any records.

Taylor Hemming, Gyasmine Butler, Sarah Bigelow, and Nevada Mareno set the school record for fastest 4×8 with a time of 9:41.43.

“We all had a goal time in mind, but it was a positive and a negative. We hit the school record, but we were a second off of nationals,” said Mareno.

The girls missed the cut for nationals by a second, so their plan going into states this week is to set a new record to qualify them for nationals.

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