Gordon Lee High School qualified 17 athletes for the State Track & Field Championships held in Albany May 11-13, and four returned home as state champions. Drew Cobb cleared 12-0 to win the pole vault while Nathaniel Wright won the high jump with a leap of 6-2. On the girls’ side, Addison Whitman placed first in the pole vault with a jump of 9-0 and Gracie O’Neal won the 1600m with a school-record time of 5:20.00.
Also placing for the Trojans were Braden Jarvis (second in the pole vault), Jasper Wilson (third in the 800m), Chase Weber (fourth in the high jump), Bailey Burns (fourth in the 3200m), Justin Collins (fifth in the 3200m), and Cobb (eighth in the long jump). Gordon Lee’s 57 team points were second in the meet to Hancock Central’s 61 points. The second-place finish was the best for the GLHS boys since their state-championship season of 1934.
In addition to their two state champions, the Lady Trojans received points from O’Neal (second in the 800m), Madison Mayberry (third in the pole vault), Riley Cash (fourth in the 800m), the team of O’Neal, Sam Belue, Gracey Kruse, and Whitman (sixth in the 1600m Relay), Whitman (seventh in the 400m), and Kate Gilliam (eighth in the 3200m). The girls produced a final total of 45 points and a fourth-place overall finish.