Track Dominates First Meet of Season


Ezra Benson, Sports Writer

The Lakeland Hawks track and field team competed in its first meet on March 16 against the Couer d’ Alene Vikings and Timberlake Tigers.

Being the first meet of the season, the Hawks dominated due to few entries from the other teams.

 “I was really pleased with how we performed,” Head track coach Brian Etchison said. “Any time you do something for the first time you don’t know what to expect and a lot of young guys got a feeling for how it goes. I would like to up the competition a little bit but overall I was pretty pleased with how it went. I’m excited about this team and looking forward to the next meet.” 

Weston Saputski ran a whopping 12.33 100-meter dash, taking first place for the meet. Saputski is already proving to be a dominant sprinter as a freshman. “I was happy with my performance. I’m looking forward to competing in upcoming meets.” 

Freshman Landree Simon took first for the 800-meter and placed 3rd for high jump and 400-meter.

 “The first meet was fun,” Simon said. “I was happy with my performance, but there’s still room for improvement. I’m looking forward to competing in Lewiston.”

Three Lakeland throwers made a new personal best in the meet. Preston Jeffs tossed a 46’ 10.5” shot put, Grant Roth chucked a 115’ 7” discus, and Addie Kiefer flung a 109’ 5” discus.

Lakeland track and field will next compete on March 18 in Lewiston.