“I was delighted to see him get that win, as this is his senior year and he has been ranked no. 1 in the state standings all season,” coach Lacie Pearson said.
Anderson’s gold medal was one of many positive highlights for the team at state, despite pretty miserable weather, particularly on Friday.
Dylan Phillips, another outgoing senior, earned a silver medal in the discus and achieved a new personal best in the event.
The boys 4×100 relay team of Landen Smith, Benson Wadsworth, Noah Smith and Anderson also earned the silver medal, finishing in 45.10 seconds.
The girls 4×800 relay team of Asia Frehner, Shayla Mathews, Ashlee Decker and Brooklyn Hafen knew going into their contest that they had a chance to garner a medal, and after the completion of Asia Frehner’s fast first leg of 2:56, the rest of the team knew they had a shot at the school record. “As soon as we alerted them that they were on pace for a new school record, they became very energized,” Pearson said. “It was awesome to see them reap the reward of having worked so hard all season.” The team finished fourth with a time of 11 minutes 43.74 seconds, shattering the old school record by nine seconds. “I was very happy to see Asia be a part of this accomplishment, as she is a senior also,” Pearson added.
Sprinters Anderson, Landen Smith, Noah Smith and Wadsworth earned medals in their events. In the hurdle races, Tyler Frehner leaned hard across the finish line in an attempt to get the win in the 110 meter hurdles, biffed it after he crossed the finish line, and ended up missing the gold by 1/100th of a second. “Superb effort,” Pearson said. “He had to go to the ER after that race for an X-ray of his injured shoulder, was cleared to resume competition, and came away with another medal (third place) in the 300 hurdles the following day.” Landen Smith got second in the 300 hurdles and Noah got fourth place in the 110 hurdles. Dani Lister garnered a 3rd place medal in her discus event.
“It was an awesome state meet, with many great successes by our athletes,” Pearson said. “I love these kids and have very much enjoyed seeing their individual improvements in each of their events.” The thank those who assisted in coaching this year, including Jake Zierow, Mike Phillips, Marissa Phillips, Afton Poulson, Rich Ottley, Henry Frehner and Shain & Sharla Manuele, with most of these individuals volunteering their time and talents.