8 Honkers medal at State track meet

Colby Thompson glides over a hurdle in the 300 meter hurdles at the OSAA 2A State Championships. Thompson finished second in the event with a 41.50.

With the the track and field season wrapping up last weekend, the Lakeview Honker’s track team saw the girls finish fifth and the boys 12th with 52 and 23 points respectively at the OSAA 2A State Championships. 

Eight Honkers medaled placing in the top eight of the athletes at Western Oregon University. 

Battling against a 30 minute rain/lightening delay the final day, Dawson Pointere, Colby Thompson, Jerry Patzke, Julia Ketcham, Brette Graham, Sammy Conley, Ella Villagrana and Melanie Theall were the medalists over the weekend after the prelims on Friday, May 17 and the finals on Saturday, May 18. 

The season was one of highs and lows for both teams and a solid showing at state wraps up the careers of a few Honkers. The future is bright with a lot of youth on both sides of the team. 

Senior hurdler Graham captured a first in the 300 meter hurdles at 47.50 gaining a state championship title. She also placed second in the 100 meter hurdles at 16.35 and an eighth place leap in the long jump of 15 feet 10 1/4 inches. Graham contributed to the 4x400 team of Conley, Ketcham and Villagrana to net a second place finish running a 4:16.06. 

Ketcham finished second in the 1500 meter with a 5:05.04, a season PR, and second in the pole vault as well jumping nine foot three inches. The junior stopped vaulting when only two competitors remained to run in the 4x400 and essentially gave up the chance for a state championship. 

“She’s an amazing athlete and a team player,” said Coach Chris Finetti. “I’m excited to have her back next year.” 

Villagrana and Theall both placed in the 3000 meter with times of 11:21.39 and 11:40.11 taking fifth and seventh overall. Conley also placed for the Honkers in the hurdles 300 meter hurdles taking sixth with a 50.32. 

On the boys side, Thompson was a standout taking second in the 300 meter hurdles with a 41.50 time and fourth in the 110 meter hurdles after finishing seventh in the prelims. Pointere placed third in the 800 meter with a 2:02.72 and Patzke had a six foot leap in the high jump that was good enough for fifth. 

The strong showing at state for the Honkers put a cap on their season and set sights on 2020 with plenty of potential. 

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