Lancaster places fifth in state meet; Keeve wins gold medal in 500-meter

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Marcus Keeve ran the 500-meter final on an empty stomach at the Class 1A/2A state indoor track championships February 26. That’s because the Lancaster High School senior threw up just before the big race.

Keeve didn’t think it was nerves or the stomach bug that had him “just not feeling good.” Instead, he chalked it up to a bad hotel breakfast. Whatever it was, it didn’t affect his ability to race past the competition as the gold medalist in the 500-meter.

LHS head indoor track coach Draper Washington and assistant James Timm took six boys to compete in five of 17 events at the Class 1A/2A meet and produced a state champion in Keeve, a runner-up in speedster Chris Dameron and Lancaster’s boys finished fifth out of 39 teams. Not a bad day….