PREP TRACK & FIELD: FLC records fall, Sween advances to Masters |

PREP TRACK & FIELD: FLC records fall, Sween advances to Masters

Members of the Forest Lake Christian track and field team from left: assistant coach Joanna Thurman with seniors Renee Taylor, Angela Osman, Andy Pierson, Emily Negus, Anna Woodhall and Lauren Rice.
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The Forest Lake Christian track and field season was extended for another week behind the heroics of freshman high jumper Lily Sween.

Sween took first place in the high jump at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division IV-V Section Championships with a school record jump of 5-feet, 2-inches. Both Sween and Azia Brewster of Ceres cleared 5-2 on their third attempt, but neither could clear 5-4. It came down to a jump-off, and Sween cleared 5-2 on her first try and Brewster knocked the bar off.

“This was Lily’s first experience of competing at a higher level and I was so impressed by her ability to focus and not only win, but win under the intense pressure of a jump-off,” said FLC coach David Lidbeck.

There were other breakout performances that resulted in school records including Janae Houston’s time of 6:01.7 in the 1600, Priscilla Jones’ 51.61 in the 300 Hurdles, Sara Ritchart in the 400 (63.82) and Discus (85-feet), and Emily Negus’ 13:30.74 in the 3200. The 4×100 relay team of Jones, Esther Ballard, Teagan Cross, and Ritchart set a school record of 53.55, as did the 4×400 relay team of Ballard, Houston, Natalie Sherman, and Angelika Roybal with a time of 4:52.71.

“This has been an incredible year for the Forest Lake track team,” said Lidbeck. “While we are losing five seniors, the depth, balance and youth of the rest of the team, means our ability to compete further into the season in the coming years can hopefully continue.”

Sween will now move on to compete at the Masters Meet in Elk Grove on Thursday.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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