Senior Andrew Whitaker has certainly chosen the right time to run his best races of the season. Two weeks ago, he broke the Lakota School District* record in the 300 meters hurdles at the GMC Championship meet. On Friday night he dropped the record another .17 second and won the event at the OHSAA Region 4 Division I Championships. He becomes only the second individual regional male track champion in Lakota West history (Michael Erwin, 800 meters, 2004).
Whitaker took 4th in the 110 hurdles qualifying himself for the OHSAA State Championships in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. He’s only the second male athlete in school history to qualify for state in two individual events (Mykel Chambers, 100m, 200m, 2014). Teammate Brandon Gillis just missed qualifying for state placing 5th in the 300 meter hurdles. His time of 39.51 would have qualified for state in two of the four OHSAA regionals. Gillis also placed in the 110 hurdles.
Other Firebirds who made the podium include Senior Logan Currington with a personal best in the 400 with a 50.38. Senior Bekah Robertson placed 5th in the 300 hurdles just missing a ticket to the state championship.
Whitaker will compete at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday, June 2nd in the prelims of the OHSAA State Championship. The 110 hurdles are slated for 5:25pm & 300 hurdles at 6:45pm. Finals are scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd with the 110 hurdles at 4:35pm and the 300 hurdles at 5:50pm. Tickets are $10 at the gate each day (children under 3 do not need a ticket).
*Interesting Info: All four of the Lakota School district hurdles records (boys and girls, 110 and 300 meters) are held by Lakota West athletes and were all set over the last three seasons. In some cases, the records they broke had stood for over 20 years.
37 Schools Scored
1. Mason. 57
2. Trotwood Madison. 45
3. Wayne 44
14. West 22
West Top 4 Finishers (State Qualifiers):
1st… Andrew Whitaker, 300 hurdles (38.69) Lakota School District Record*
4th… Andrew Whitaker, 110 hurdles (14.93)
* Broke own record set at GMC meet
Other West Regional Placers (5th through 8th)
5th… Brandon Gillis, 300 hurdles (39.51)
7th… Brandon Gillis, 110 hurdles (15.30)
8th… Logan Currington, 400 run (50.38)
41 Schools Scored
1. Withrow. 116
2. Mason 75
3. Troy. 59.5
29. West 4
West Regional Placer (5th through 8th):
5th… Bekah Robertson, 300 hurdles (46.17)