Leesville women’s track excels at indoor state championship

Elise Hall, junior, (far right) and McKenna Brunick, sophomore, (far left) both celebrate after medaling in the pole vault at the 4A Indoor Track State Championship. As a team, Leesville finished sixth overall at the event. (Photo used by permission of Geoff Travagline)

In 2015, the Leesville women’s track team finished fourth at the 4A Indoor Track State Championship, its best finish ever.

At this year’s state championships on February 10, the team displayed its best performance since that top five finish three years ago.

The Pride placed sixth to record its second best states performance in program history. The team scored 33.5 points, just half a point ahead of seventh place finisher High Point Central.

The team also had the most athletes ever participate in the prestigious meet.

Leading the way for Leesville was Timara Chapman, senior, who finished third in both the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump. She also scored a point as a member of the eighth-place 4×400 meter relay team.

Elise Hall, junior, came away with a state championship in the pole vault and teammate McKenna Brunick, sophomore, placed fourth in the same event. Also in the field events, Jasmine Jenkins, senior, finished third, recording her first throw ever over 40 feet.

Brunick participated at the meet injured, but just watching the whole team perform well lifted her spirits. “For my teammates, it was a great states, so that cheered me up a lot.” said Brunick.

The team spent many hours practicing and preparing for the state meet during the season, and Brunick thinks that everyone was finally rewarded for that work

“We are really happy for everyone. I think all the hard work we put in finally paid off,” said Brunick.

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