Continuing their dominance in 2019, the Lady Honker Track team took first place with a combined 119 points at the Lost River Invitational. The boy’s team ended up finishing third with 97 points. Although the girls finished out on top overall, one of the most enticing stories was on the boy’s side of the meet with senior pole vaulter Jerry Patzke.
Patzke broke the longest standing track and field record at Lakeview High School, the pole vault record that was originally set by Tom Amacker 55 years ago at a height of 13 feet three inches.
Patzke jumped 13 feet four inches and the rest is history.
Lakeview is now home to the top two pole vaulters in the state in Patzke and Julia Ketcham.
The rest of the team placed high at Lost River as well.
Dawson Pointere finished first in the 800 meters (2:09.13); Reed Christensen finished third in the 800 meters (2:19.45); Loagen Antle took first in the 1500 meter (4:40.66) and second in the 3000 meter (10:35.25); Alex Turner took second in the 1500 meter (4:58.69); Paul Lindsley placed third in the 1500 meter (5:06.62); Patzke took first in the pole vault (13’4”) and high jump (6’) and also finished third in the triple jump (37’).
The Honker 4x400 relay team of Christensen, Lindsley, Pointere and Colby Thompson finished second on the day (3:49.50).
As for the Lady Honkers, finishing at the top has been the story of the season.
Top three finishers for the afternoon were Ketcham who finished first in the 800 meters (2:34.94) and the pole vault (10’); Kaley Schneider took first in the 1500 meter (5:35.61) and 3000 meter (12:07.59); Brette Graham finished first in the 100 meter hurdles (16.80) and 300 meter hurdles (47.84); Chaela Cuff took second in the shot put (29’); Sammy Conley took second in the javelin (96’7”) and 300 meter hurdles (51.36); Melanie Theall took third in the 1500 meter (5:48.75); Trinity Brewster took third in the pole vault (6’6”) and Sarah Bowersox finished third in the 3000 meter (15:07.45).
The Honkers are prepping to capitalize on their strong finish to the season with an even stronger finish at the OSAA 2-A District Meet on Saturday, May 11. Last year Lakeview sent 22 athletes to state and is looking to keep the ball rolling.
For another related article of the Honker’s week of track meets, check out the Lakeview Invite that took place on Saturday, May 4 in this edition of the Examiner.