Red Devils break records at state indoor track meet, produce championship relay team, qualify Hailey Smith for nationals

From left, Lancaster’s 4X800 meter girls relay team of Ayla Saunders, Lizzy Woolard, Chyra Boyd and Hailey Smith won the Class 1/2 combined state championship last week in Lynchburg. That same foursome also finished as the state runner-up in the 4X400 meter relay. Photos by Latesha Scott and Robyn Saunders

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Assistant coach James Timm was still smiling last Friday, a day after Lancaster High’s indoor track team returned from the Class 1/2 combined state meet in Lynchburg.

“I just can’t stop smiling,” he said. “I’ve never had runners improve this much at a state meet over previous season bests. I’m so so proud of them.”

Lancaster ran six races and shattered six school records, produced a state championship relay team and had five runners-up in last week’s Class 1/2 combined state meet at Liberty University. And as a bonus, senior Hailey Smith’s time in the 1000-meter run qualified her for this weekend’s national meet on Staten Island in New York.

“These kids have worked really hard this year, so it didn’t surprise me that….

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