There seems to be no limit as to how fast Andrew Whitaker (’17) can go in the hurdles. Whitaker has set four personal best times in the 110 and 300 m hurdles in the past week. Last week, he dropped his personal best/school record in the 300 meter hurdles by .17 seconds (38.69) in route to a regional championship. On Friday at the OHSAA Division I State Championship Prelims, Whitaker dropped his 300 m hurdles time another .03 of a second to finish 6th in the prelims. In the 110 hurdles, Whitaker dropped his own personal best to 14.66 seconds in the prelims. It was a full .27 seconds faster than the week before in regionals, but Whitaker finished 13th and failed to qualify for the finals. It was the second fastest 110 meter hurdle time in Lakota School District history (Dante Jones, 14.59, 2015).
In the finals Saturday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (OSU), Whitaker continued to get faster in the 300 meter hurdles when he dropped his time to 38.33 and finished 6th overall in the OHSAA Division I State Championships. It was .33 seconds faster than the day before and Whitaker leaves Lakota West with the Lakota School District record in the 300 meter hurdles. He managed to drop the Lakota West school record (Quintan Johnson, 40.56, 2007) by 2.23 seconds and the Lakota school district record (Jerry Chelini, 39.38, 1991) by 1.05 seconds. Whitaker’s 6th place finish is also the best male individual state track finish since 2011.