PREP TRACK & FIELD: Forest Lake Christian girls win 1st league title |

PREP TRACK & FIELD: Forest Lake Christian girls win 1st league title

Forest Lake Christian's track and field team poses for a photo after the Sierra Delta League Championships.
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The Forest Lake Christian varsity girls track and field team became league champions for the first time in 19 years after winning the Sierra Delta League Championships last week at Rio Linda High School.

The girls team finished with a commanding 184 points, 60 points more than second place Vacaville Christian. The JV boys also won the final meet to remain undefeated.

Many athletes took home All-League honors for winning their events, including Sara Ritchart (400-meter run), Lily Sween (long jump, triple jump), Priscilla Jones (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), and the 4×100 relay team consisting of Ritchart, Jones, Esther Ballard and Teagan Cross.

While nine school records were broken, it was freshman 110 hurdler Jackson Kilpatrick who had the honor of being the only athlete for Forest Lake Christian to set a meet record with a time of 19.31 seconds.

“I attribute the success of this season to excellent conditioning by assistant coach Joanna Thurman, and the leadership of co-captains Emily Negus and Renee Taylor,” Forest Lake Christian coach David Lidbeck said. “Negus and Taylor, both seniors and members of track all four years, really set the tone for the season early on. Track is very social and a lot of fun, but when it was time to run another pyramid and do hill repeats, I could always rely on my captains to lead by example.

Thirteen athletes will now move on to compete at CSU Stanislaus on Tuesday at the Sac-Joaquin Division IV-V Championships.

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

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