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.”
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.”