Luke Oatney of Pleasant Ridge High School won the recent 3A state championship in the 1,600 meters at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University.
He ran a 4:32.33, which was about two seconds faster than the second-place competitor.
The state championship caps off a stellar season for the four-year letter winner. Oatney won the regional championship in the 1,600 and 800 and the league championship in both events.
Oatney qualified for state in each of his four years in track, placing third in the 800 and seventh in the 1,600 last year.
“Luke has a huge capacity for work and he really embraced the speed endurance training the last three weeks of the season,” coach Glenda Connelly said. “He chooses to work hard every day and is an excellent role model and mentor to the younger athletes. Luke earned every bit of that 1,600 championship.”
Freshmen Emma Schwinn earned sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.06. She broke her own school record in the preliminaries with a time of 47.96 seconds. She finished 13th in the 100-meter high hurdles. She won the regional and league championship in both events the previous two weeks.
“Emma is a 5-foot, 2-inch dynamo, runs the hurdles fearlessly and has a great attitude at practice every day. She is a lot of fun to coach,” Connelly said.
Glynn Smith competed in the triple and long jump, finishing 15th and 12th, respectively. He finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump in the regional competition. He earned a league championship in the triple jump, setting a new league record.