File photo of Liam Daily by Laurelle Walsh
BY MIKE MALTAIS
Liberty Bell High School varsity track distance phenomenon Liam Daily placed second at state in the 800-meter run and led a contingent of Mountain Lions to new levels in the LBHS record book during competition at Eastern Washington University at Cheney last weekend.
Daily’s 800 time of 1 minute, 58.36 seconds at state broke his own school record when he became ”the first at Liberty Bell to go under two minutes in the 800,” said coach Rocky Kulsrud.
Daily added a fourth place in the 1,600 meters in 4:30.82 and wasn’t the only Mountain Lion among the record number of 16 state qualifiers to move up in the school record book.
The boys’ 4×400-meter relay team comprised of Justin McMillan, Kelsey Jensen, Cesar Dominguez and Liam Daily placed fifth at state with a time of 3:32.25 and in the process broke their own school record by a full second.
“Dominguez finished eighth in the 400 meters and his time was second-fastest at LBHS,” Kulsrud said.
Freshman miler Ben Klemmeck shaved 6 seconds off his best time in the 3,200 meters to place eighth in that event. His time of 10:23.79 is second-best in LBHS history.
“Claire Waichler finished eighth in the 3,200 by improving her time by 37 seconds, which is the fourth-best at LBHS,” noted Kulsrud.