BATON ROUGE —The Lakeside track teams concluded their 2012 track season with four individuals earning 2-A All-State honors. Allisa Lander, Chris Lewis, Zach Levesque, and Enrique Soto all finished third or better in their respective events at the state meet at LSU to earn all-state honors.
Team wise the Lady Warriors finished tied for 17th in the 32-team field scoring 10 points. The Warrior guys finished fifth overall with 42 points and for the second year in a row were the first public school to finish.
Chris Lewis claimed the 100 meter title with a time of 10.71 as he defeated regional rivals Brandon Wilson of Calvary (10.78) and Lamar Caraway of Lake Providence (10.94).
In the 200 Lewis surged to a three-meter lead in the first 160 meters but was unable to hold on finishing fourth at 21.92 to third place Wilson's 21.91. For the second year Caraway won the 200 at 21.69.
Enrique Soto had the most difficult task of running the 800, 1600, and 3200 on a hot, humid Baton Rouge day. Soto began the day by running a personal best ,school record of 4:24.84 which was good for third place behind Matt Rice of Runnels at 4:21.55 and Christian Johnson of Episcopal at 4:22.54.
Soto then ran a personal best, school record of 1:59.67 to place third in the 800 behind Rice (1:57.81) and Johnson (1:58.81). Soto finished his day by finishing second in the 3200 running a time of 9:45.80. Johnson and Soto were neck and neck during the last 60 meters with Johnson nipping him at 9:45.24. Soto had run 3 1/2 miles on this 90º, 90% humidity day and finished all-state in all three events.
The 3200 meter run also produced a pair of Lakeside all-staters as it was a story of the young and the old.
Seventh-grader Alissa Lander was third in the ladies 3200 as she ran a personal best of 12:24.56 and made up 30 meters on the third place runner in the last 200 meters of the race.
Senior Zach Levesque capped off an outstanding final year with a third place finish in the guys 3200. Levesque ran a remarkable personal best of 9:53.91 which was 13 seconds faster than he had ever run.
In November Levesque finished fourth in the State Cross-Country race with his time making him an 2A-All State and Composite All-State. He will continue his career at La. Tech University.
Other point scorers for Lakeside were Shanae Collins and Michael Stephens. Collins was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 16' 5 1/2". Stephens for the second year in a row finished fifth in the discus with a toss of 141'8".
The 2012 season saw the Lady Warriors as district 2A runner-ups and the Warriors winning their third straight district championship and also being Region-runner-ups. Also the ladies broke four school records and the guys broke eight school records.
Coaches for the two teams were Dan Grantham and David Kidd.