Lakeland Jake Van Hefty runs through the sunshine as he competes in the 4x800 meter relay on Tuesday night.
Lakeland Jake Van Hefty runs through the sunshine as he competes in the 4x800 meter relay on Tuesday night.
One day after a tough round of practice, it was back to meets for the track team at Lakeland Union High School.

The LUHS boys and girls track teams went to Northland Pines High School for the Northland Pines Indoor Meet on March 26. It was their third meet of the season thus far. 

The boy’s team placed fourth with 97 points and the girls team placed fifth with 69 points. 

Both junior varsity and varsity ran in the meet. One of the first highlights came from Aubrey Anderson yet again. She won the 1600 meter event by 14 seconds with a time of 5:49.04. She also won the 800 meter run. 

She is one of Lakeland’s best runners both on and off the track.

“She’s awesome — an incredibly hard worker and on top of it she’s the most competitive girl I’ve ever met in my entire life,” coach Dan Claussen said. “She will not back down from anybody.”

Olivia Wingo took place in another first on Tuesday night. She won the 200 meter hurdles with a time of 34.59. Teammate Makayla Kulick placed second with a time of 35.13.

Some other great results came from Kiera Rotar in the 800 meter run placing fifth place with a time of 2:46.38 as well as Joeli Koehler in the high jump with a height of 4-06. She finished in fifth place as well. 

For the boys, it was another strong performance by Vincent Strong which got them excited. He won the 200 meter hurdles with a time of 28.80. He also had a strong showing in the long jump placing second with a jump of 20-01. 

Another great performance for the boys side came from Henry Evenhouse. He placed in the top six in the 12 pound shot put with a throw of 41-07. 

Tyler Wallschlaeger ran a strong 200 meter dash finishing second with a time of 25.53. Zach Hayes finished sixth with a time of 26.49. 

“Just another great performance by all the kids,” Claussen said. “And all we’re doing is really trying to prepare all the kids to perform well at the end of the year.”

In the end, it was a day of strong performances and growth, but still a long ways to go as they go for another conference championship.

“You go from one meet to the next meet and to the next meet,” Claussen said. “The end result is we’d like to compete for a conference championship.”

The Thunderbirds will continue to work hard as they soar as a team. Their next meet is back at LUHS on Saturday, March 30 with the 21st T-Bird Invitational starting at 9 a.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.