The high school track career of Arika Lister is coming to a close, but the Leavenworth High School senior has a little business to take care of first.
“I want to go get my titles back,” said Lister.
Lister and the Leavenworth track teams will get that chance soon at the state track tournament in Wichita.
Lister won the 100 and 200 state championship as a freshman and sophomore.
She ran a 11.58 in the 100 at the state meet as a sophomore, the second fastest time in the event in the history of the state.
But leg injuries sidelined her for much of last year’s track season.
She has come back strong this year, winning the 100 and 200 in each of the eight meets in which she has competed this year.
She set a school record in the 200 at a recent Topeka Seaman meet.
“If you are a school record holder at a place like Leavenworth, you’re good,” said Leavenworth coach Rob Marriott.
Marriott said he admires Lister for working hard through the injuries to get back on top.
Marriott said the Leavenworth girls’ team has the personnel to make a run at the team championship at state.
Markita Swanagan is the No. 1 ranked athlete in the state in the shot and discus.
The 4x100 team is ranked second in the state. The 4x800 team is ranked No. 7
Lister has signed a national letter of intent to compete at Oral Roberts University.
“It’s exciting and bittersweet at the same time that high school is almost over,” she said. “There is nothing like high school track. At the same time, I am glad to be moving on to the next level.”