It’s been 14 years since a Lomega High School female has stood on the medal stand at a state track meet.
That streak came to a halt Saturday.
Sophomore Haley Hutchison won the bronze medal in the 3,200 meter run and took fourth in the 1,600 at the Class A state track and field championships at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City.
“She did great,” said Lomega track coach Justin Edsall. “Not only is she really good, but she works really hard at it.”
It was Edsall’s own sister who last took the stand for Lomega. Brooke Edsall Graddy was not only a four-time cross country state champion, but also a multi-time state champ and placer in track and field.
Graddy last competed and graduated in 2005.
Hutchison won four golds at the regional championship the week prior and scored all of Lomega’s 11 points at state, good for 25th in the team standings.
While more hardware is likely in Hutchison’s future, Karson Glazier made the most of his final race.
The senior passed four runners in his leg of the 3,200 meter relay, one of them just before the finish line, to post Lomega to a sixth-place finish.
“He’d never been able to medal before,” Edsall said of Glazier, who was joined in the race by Noah Snowden, Hector Rivera and Tate Ott.
“He’d been to state in several events, but just wasn’t able to medal, so that was great to see.”
Ott and Riley Lumpkin led the way in a strong 10th place finish for the Raider team.
Lumpkin took third in the 400.
Ott was fourth in the 3,200 and seventh in the mile. They also combined to take eighth in the mile relay.
Hector Rivera was also fifth in the 3,200.
All those races came on Saturday of what was supposed to be a two-day event. Friday rain, however, caused some scheduling changes and pushed all of Lomega’s events into Saturday.
“We had a good day, but I really felt the schedule change hurt us some,” Edsall said. “It’s hard on the distance kids to run those races in one day, but that’s what we had to do.
“I’m proud of how they handled it.”
Thomas dominated the meet with 120 points. Boise City/Keyes was the state runner-up with 58.
Lomega scored 25.