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4x100-meter relay takes second at state

Senior Aleah West anchors Woodbury’s 4x100-meter relay at the state track and field meet at Hamline University on June 6. The Royals finished in second place. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick) 1 / 2
Senior Ladi Lawal receives a medal for his ninth-place performance in the 300-meter hurdles at the state track and field meet at Hamline University on June 6. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick) 2 / 2

Senior Aleah West pumped her first as she heard the results were announced over the loudspeaker last Saturday.

Her Woodbury 4x100-meter relay finished in 49.33 seconds, good enough for second place at the state meet at Hamline University.

“Today we just wanted to nail everything, get everything right and run our race, run a good race,” senior Grace Rogers said. “We did that.”

Woodbury crossed the finish line only behind Alexandria, becoming the second-fastest relay in Minnesota.

“I’m so proud because it’s what we worked for all season,” sophomore Taylor Raines said. “I’m just so happy right now.”

West said the squad was aiming to do better than the 4x200-meter relay, which Raines, Rogers and West also compete on, that finished sixth earlier in the meet.

Mission accomplished.

But sophomore Taylor Lundin said she would have taken just about anything, especially after the relay failed to qualify last season.

“I’m so pumped,” she said.

Afterward all four went up to the podium to accept their second-place medals. Rogers said it served as a great finish not only to the season, but to her senior year.

“It was a great moment,” West said.

Lawal fights through flu

Senior Ladi Lawal couldn’t walk on the Tuesday or Wednesday leading up to the state track meet.

“All I was thinking was I have to run, I have to jump, I have to do this,” Lawal said.

So come Friday, Lawal was out on the track. And not only did he survive, he medaled twice.

The senior finished third in the triple jump and placed ninth in the 300-meter hurdles.

“This is my last year, I had to just give it everything I had,” he said. “Overall, it is a little disappointing, but I’m proud of myself. … I did do well. I was able to come out here and give everything I could.”

Still, after the medal ceremony for the 300-meter hurdles, it was clear Lawal was far from 100 percent.

“[I feel] terrible,” he said. “But I’m alive, and I’m walking.”