Lummi’s boys’ senior runner Enrique Medina won the 1,600 final in the Class 1B State Championships Thursday, May 28, at Eastern Washington University.
Medina ran a winning time of 4 minutes, 28.84 seconds and set a new 1B state record, breaking the previous record of 4:30.94 set in 2008 by Odessa’s Matt Cronrath.
His winning time was 2.74 seconds faster than second-place Tyrell Bonner from Shoreline Christian.
“That’s a big one,” Jesse Holford said in a phone interview. “Everyone is excited he hit the times he was supposed to. He did it just right.”
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Medina, who has been fighting allergies this week, said he came into the race a little nervous. But he had one thing on his mind come race time.
“My whole mindset was to stay right on his (Bonner’s) tail,” Medina said in a phone interview. “Stay next to him the whole race and find the right time to kick it in, and I did that.”
As a senior, this was the last 1,600 race Medina will run in his high school career.
“It was hitting me today that this was the last time I was going to run this in high school,” he said.
And in that last race, he definitely took advantage of one last opportunity to help his team.
“I’m glad I could end strong. That’s the biggest thing,” Medina said. “I set a personal record at state in the mile. I didn’t set a PR the last two years. I also got 10 points for my team and hope we can chase the state title.”