Milford senior Drake Burton ended his high school track career with a trio of medals at the 2018 state track meet May 18 and 19.
“He had a nice meet,” Coach Marty Hingst said.
Ashley Kroese finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run, and Chloe Kolb and Jessica Hollist showed well.
Burton’s top finish at the meet was third in the pole vault May 18. He tied his season best at 15-0, matching his school record and winning his fourth state pole vault medal. He was fourth as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and third as a junior and senior.
Hingst said Burton plans to walk on at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and pole vault for the Huskers.
At the same time the pole vault was being contested, two of Burton’s other events were also scheduled. He started out at the triple jump, where he jumped 42-11.5. He was sixth after the preliminary flights and chose to pass his jumps in the finals. He finished seventh in the event.
On the track, the Milford senior was part of the 100-meter dash field. His time of 11.36 seconds did not move him into the finals.
On May 19, Burton had just one event to worry about. He jumped 21-1.75 in the long jump and finished sixth to close his MHS career.
Burton is the Milford school record holder in the long jump and pole vault.
“He’s been a pretty remarkable track athlete for us,” Hingst said.
Speaking of school records, Ashley Kroese improved two in her events at state track. On May 18, she finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a school-record time of 11:57.48.
Hingst said they changed her race strategy for state. At districts, she tried to lead the whole race and was the hunted. At state, she stayed back and was more of a hunter, he said.
On May 19, Kroese finished out of the medals in the 1,600-meter run but set a new school standard of 5:37.56.
“She ran her best at state,” Hingst said.
The high jump was contested Saturday morning in the rain, and opening height was 4-10. Kolb jumped 5-0, which was good enough for a medal, but because she had a miss, she ended up ninth.
Hollist had to deal with the rain in the pole vault, as well. She cleared the bar at 9-6, which was a placing height, but because of misses she finished 13th. She currently owns the MHS record at 9-10, which she set this year.
“They all medaled or were close,” Hingst said.” I can’t complain.”