Bennett from the Bleachers: Track teams deliver with medals, records at State

Bennett Durando
Sports Columnist

BENNETT BLEACHERSThe track teams had, quite simply, a field day, at the State meet this weekend.

There came a State champion out of the men’s and women’s teams, along with several other medals and broken school records.

Senior Tyler Lawson led the way for the men’s team, medaling in three events, running for the State champion relay team, and breaking three school records along the way.

Lawson took sixth in the 1600 and fourth in the 800 to medal, but he was just warming up.

The highlight event for the men’s team was the four by 800 meter relay. Three of the four members from last year’s fourth place medal team returned, with the addition of junior Billy Howells.

Back and better than ever, the team consisting of Lawson, junior Lucas Bennett, senior August Bont, and Howells comfortably beat the school record by three seconds en route to winning the State title.

Bennett also medaled individually, finishing one spot above Lawson in fifth place for the 800.

Meanwhile, junior Carolyn Ross was a State champ for the women’s team, winning the triple jump event with a 37 foot, 5 inch distance.

Ross also placed third in the 100 meter hurdles event and took 2nd in the 300 hurdles, a day after leading qualifiers for the event with a 43.87 second time. The qualification time was fast enough to top her own school record.

Ross wasn’t the only one earning medals for the Stateswomen. Senior Stacey Lambkins went out with a bang, breaking another school record while finishing fourth in the high jump, with a five foot, three inch height.

Lambkins also topped Ross in the 100 hurdles, placing second overall and nearly earning a State title of her own.

Also medaling was senior Emma Johnson in the 3200, taking seventh. The Stateswomen as a team finished in fifth overall in State.

Seniors such as Lawson, Bennett, Johnson and Lambkins weren’t the only ones participating in their last meet as Webster. Coach Dan Sebben will go into retirement now after the end of this season.

Webster hosted the Dan Sebben Invitational earlier this season. Sebben, appreciated at WGHS as a long time counselor and coach, will certainly begin his retirement in the wake of a spectacular State performance by the men’s and women’s teams, one of the finest in recent memory.

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