Only four athletes competed for the Lummi boys’ track and field team, but that didn’t lower any expectations.
The Blackhawks can now call themselves the Class 1B State Champions after winning the title by two points over Mount Rainier Christian on Saturday, May 30, at Eastern Washington University.
“It’s amazing winning a state title with such a small program,” Lummi coach Neil Holford said in a phone interview. “It means our kids had to work much harder to get to higher places.”
Enrique Medina led the way for Lummi. Winning a state title in the 800 on a time of 2 minutes, 0.95 seconds, a third place finish in the 400 (51.69) and a fourth place finish in the 3,200 (10:39.67).
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“Honestly, I don’t know what to say. It was a lot of hard work of course,” Medina said in a phone interview. “Everyone stepped up their game today and did their best. A lot of our guys were underdogs and placed a lot higher than expected. For us to come out strong as a team and do better than we were seeded at is awesome.”
The Blackhawks got a great performance out of Trazil Lane as well. Lane placed second in the 200 with a time of 23.70. He also got a fourth place finish in the high jump on a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches and a new personal record in the long jump on a mark of 19-10.25.
During the meet, Lane got some extra motivation from Medina in their last meet together as a Blackhawk.
“I told Trazil ‘We’re going to take a trophy home either way and we have an opportunity to really take it,’” Medina said. “We have an opportunity to bring something Lummi has never seen before. No one expected this, our team is pretty small. He can be part of something that may possibly never happen again.”
Hank Hoskins also placed fourth in the shot put on a throw of 41-01.50, improving on his original seventh seed in the preliminaries.
“I asked him how bad he really wanted it last night,” Medina said. “And he went out and showed a strong performance. He did that when he needed to.”
But the most important points to Medina came during yesterday’s session of the the state championships on Free Borsey’s throw in the javelin. Borsey placed seventh and got the Blackhawks two points, which was the difference between winning a state title or not.
“Every little thing everyone did just all added up,” Medina said. “We only one by two points to a team that had 15 athletes. It’s unreal. Everyone stepped their game up and is really happy.”
Lummi came into the state championships in a three-way tie for third in the 1B rankings, Medina said. But proved even with only four athletes at state, Lummi is a school to watch for.
And for Medina, a senior, it’s exactly the way he wanted to go out.
“They knew I’d been chasing this since last year,” he said. “It’s definitely something I’ll remember. I don’t know how to put it in words. The best possible way I could go out as a senior.”
For Holford, a state championship with such a small team portends a bright future.
“I’m hoping with a state title, our program will grow,” Holford said. “Trazil (Lane) is just developing and Hank (Hoskins) is getting up there.”
Something that Medina has been dreaming about these past four years has now become a reality.
“It was a team effort. I want to thank the coaches, my family, friends and the community for the support,” Medina said. “That’s all I thought it was, was a dream, and now it’s a reality.”