4A NC track and field State Championship 

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The men’s 4x800m relay team, Banks Blizzard, Sam Brown, Jacob Dokulil, and Ken Ishii (left to right). The boys finished ahead of their seed placement by 3 places. (Photo permission of Ashley Blizzard)

The 4A State Championship track and field meet showcased exceptional talent and determination from both men’s and women’s teams, with athletes achieving personal bests, school records, and remarkable victories.

Chase Harrison emerged as a standout performer in the 400m dash, clocking an impressive 47.38 seconds. His speed and precision on the track were a highlight of the meet, putting him third in the state.

The men’s 4x800m relay team also delivered a stellar performance, finishing with a time of 8:02. Marking Leesville’s second fastest time ever run. 

Dillon Kaulback demonstrated extraordinary athleticism in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14-6. His leap not only earned him a top spot in the event but also added to the excitement of the competition.

Andre Michaels ran a tactical and determined race in the 3200m, crossing the finish line in 9:20. His performance was a testament to his stamina and strategic racing abilities where he will continue to show improvement at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The men’s 4x200m relay team showcased their speed and coordination, finishing the race in 1:32. 

In the field events, Alex Williams made a notable mark in the discus throw with a distance of 133-10. His powerful throws were a key contribution to the team’s overall success.

Women’s Highlights

On the women’s side, Ruth Metaferia delivered an outstanding performance in the 1600m, finishing with a time of 5:02. Her race was run with exceptional pace and endurance, placing her among the top middle-distance runners in the state.

The Leesville girls’ 4x800m relay team also had a significant achievement, finishing their race in 9:59. This impressive time highlighted their teamwork and strategic running during the race. 

In the field events, Halle Gibson excelled in the shot put, achieving a throw of 32-9.5. Her strength and technique were evident as she competed against some of the best in the state.

Overall, the 4A State Championship meet was a celebration of athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The athletes’ dedication and hard work throughout the season culminated in memorable performances and personal bests. These achievements not only highlight the talent within the teams but also inspire future athletes to strive for greatness in their respective disciplines.

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