Lund Athletes Excel at State Meet in Vegas

James Harris celebrates after winning the 300-meter hurdles on the podium. Harris also took second in the 110-meter hurdles.

James Harris celebrates after winning the 300-meter hurdles on the podium. Harris also took second in the 110-meter hurdles.

By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

The Lund Mustang track and field team had a strong showing at the State meet in Las Vegas last weekend. James Harris and Emily Cornelison took home individual state titles in the 300-meter hurdles and shot put respectively and the 4 by 100-meter relay (Kelsea Reid, McCall Harness, Sammi Cornelison and Cierra Jensen) and 4 by 200-meter relay teams also took home state titles.

“I thought they did very well,” coach Goeff Bryan said.

Cornelison, who also third in the discuss, ended her high school career as a three-time state champion in the shot put, the result of years of training and effort, Bryan said.

“We had a really strict weight lifting program throughout the whole school year, that was the driving force behind her distances this year. She hated it, but I stuck it out with her and pushed her. I think she was surprised what a big difference that made.”

Harris came within one thousandth of a second of being a double state champion. Harris finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in a photo finish that had offciials studying photos and videos for 30 minutes to determine the winner. Despite a heartbreaker in that race, Harris has come a long ways throughout his career.

“I pushed him to get that endurance,” Bryan said. “The main key was to get out fast and make them chase him and physcially and mentally defeat his opponents and he did that.”

Other results included Reid taking third in both the 100 and 200-meters, Tori Montoya taking sixth and eight in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, Sammi Cornelison taking third and seventh in the triple jump and long jump, a fifth place finish by Harness in the high jump, a seventh place finish by Jensen in the 200-meters, an eight place finish in the shot put by Derick Rimington, a tie for sixth in the high jump by Skyler Madsen and Brandon Creason and a fourth place finish by the four by 400-meter relay team.

“I told them all I’m looking for their best effort, do what they know how to do and enjoy it,” Bryan said. “I wanted them to do their best and if they falter, pick themselves up and do their best in the next event.”

As Lund’s track and field season came to a close, Bryan said he is proud of his team and is looking forward to the future.

“Overall, I felt this season turned out to be really great,” Bryan said. “We had everyone step up to the plate and didn’t back down. I pushed them really hard this year and their results have shown that. They worked very hard and I’m very proud of them and we have a good chance for next year and the year after if we hang in there and continue to work hard.

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