As Meridian track and field's Taylor Lunde was handed the baton by McKenzie Roque moments after LC handed the baton to Madison Weg, Lunde knew she was in good position.
Taylor Lunde caught Weg quickly and was able to hold her off for a Meridian 4x400 state title.
"My biggest fear is being given the baton first and then getting passed. I enjoyed getting the baton behind her. I like to chase," Taylor Lunde said in a phone interview. "Once I passed her, I was running in fear. I didn't want to lose. I didn't want to let my team down."
Lunde knew the feeling of a state title - she accomplished the feat in the 4x100 her freshman season - but to cap off a senior year with a victory was what fellow senior Roque described as "absolutely wonderful."
The Trojans did it in record time. As far as Meridian coach Patrick Ames can tell, they are the first 1A school to run under four minutes in history.
What may have helped the team out was a loss earlier in the day - in the 4x200. The Trojans took second place and although they finished with a good time a bad baton pass may have cost them, but getting to sit the whole day and think about the final event was good for the Trojans.
"They had all meet to sit and re-focus," Ames said in a phone interview. "It speaks to the level of composure and confidence and maturity for them to come back and feel satisfied."
So when Taylor Lunde made the pass of Weg and the Roque, Payton Lunde and Janessa Murphy saw it, they "freaked out," Roque said.