The Grace School girls track team took home the 2nd-place trophy from the Lutheran Sports Association’s state meet, held on the Concordia track on May 19 and 20. The boys team finished 8th overall, out of 60 Lutheran schools that sent athletes to the meet.
Seventh grader Zawadi Brown took 1st place in the girls 400 meter run and 2nd in the 800. Grace’s girls relay teams took 1st in both the 4 x 200 and the 4 x 400 relays.
Seventh grader Owen Augustine placed 2nd in the boys 1600 meter race, with his seventh-grade classmate Isaac Cummings placing 5th. The boys took 4th place in both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays.
Other top finishers included sixth grader Aaliyah Thurman (4th in the 200, 7th in long jump), seventh grader Livy Crame (7th in discus), fifth grader Tori Robinson and eighth grader Ava Massman (6th and 7th, respectively, in the 400).
The Vikings are coached by parents Glen Steiner (weight throws) and Jay DeVries (jumps), junior high teacher Brian Schultz (sprints, hurdles, relays), and head coach Rich Brooks, who doubles as Grace’s facility manager.