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Gateway does well at state track meet in Albuquerque

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Gateway Warrior Class A state track meet medalists, from left: Sarah Lilley, Kayley Smith, Hannah Lilley, Courtney Gohres and Andrew Cox. (Thomas Lilley Photo)

The Gateway Christian School Warriors boys and girls track team successfully competed in the NMAA State Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.

The Gateway girls broke two state records and took fifth out of 21 teams in the Class A team competition.

Courtney Gohres took first in the 300-meter hurdles in a new Class A state record of 49.84 seconds, breaking the old record of 50.07. Gohres also took third in the 100-meter hurdles, running 17.54 seconds.

The GCS girls 1,600-meter relay team of Hannah Lilley, Kayley Smith, Courtney Gohres and Sarah Lilley took first with a Class A state record time of 4:27.34, breaking the old state record of 4:29.23.

Hannah Lilley took first in the girls’ 1,600-meter run, running 5:50.65.

Sarah Lilley finished third in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 63.76 seconds.

Andrew Cox finished third in the boys’ 100-meter dash in 11.63 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash at 23.34.

Competing for the girls were Courtney Gohres, Hannah Lilley, Sarah Lilley, Faith Bauder, Bella Bauder, Kessia Smalley, Kianna Conway and eighth-graders Avery Pirtle, Kayley Smith and Grace Freese.

Competing for the boys were Andrew Cox, Ethan Truetken and Jacob Truetken.

The team was coached by Perry Toles and Savannah Fox. Toles is proud of his team’s efforts, saying that “Our kids competed very well, especially in Friday’s brutal weather conditions. We ran most of our races in the rain. I am thrilled with our efforts, especially with our girls who set two state records.”