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Lady Warriors place third at state championship

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Gateway’s Hannah Lilley (1) leads the field in the 1600-meter run. (Submitted Photo)

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The Gateway Christian Lady Warriors competed in 14 of 20 events, placing in 12 of those events, at Thursday’s Class A State Track and Field Championship at the UNM track complex in Albuquerque.

Emily Martin anchors the 4×400 meter relay team. (Submitted Photo)

The Lady Warriors placed in all five relay events and earned nine individual medals and took home the third-place trophy.

Hannah Lilley led the Lady Warriors with a first-place finish in the 800-meter run, third in the 1600-meter run, and fourth in the javelin. Sarah Lilley took second place in the 400-meter dash, and freshman Emily Martin placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Freshman Chloe Garnand took fifth in the 3200-meter run and sixth in the 800, and junior Lauren Hunter took sixth in the 3200.

All of the Lady Warriors took home medals, including Avery Pirtle, Kayley Smith, Elizabeth Berry and incoming freshmen Allyssa Fox and Kimber Balok, all running on several of the placing relay teams. The 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams finished second; the 4×100 and 4×800 relay teams finished third; and the 1600-meter medley relay finished fifth.

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Sarah Lilley runs the 800-meter leg of the sprint medley relay. (Submitted Photo)

The Lady Warriors finished in third place with 58 points, just behind Melrose’s 59 points. Logan won the meet with 79 points. The weather conditions were tough on the competitors. It was near 100 degrees and windy for the entire meet.

The third-place finish for Gateway Christian is the second state trophy for the school. The first was another third-place finish in 2007.

“The girls ran with courage and heart in brutal weather conditions,” Gateway Christian coach Perry Toles said. “I am extremely proud of their hard work. Their dedication certainly paid off. They represented GCS well.”