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 Lakota East Track and Field

Rodney Heath   Head Coach
Mike Dwyer   Sprints/ Jumps Coach
Kim Heath   Sprints/ Hurdles Coach
Ben Reimer   Distance Coach
Chaz Meyer   Field Events Coach
Lee Sellers   Distance Coach
Corbin Smith   Throws Coach
Jimmy Turner   Sprints Coach

2023-24 Season Outlook 

The 2024 Lakota East Track and Field team returns eager to compete this outdoor season. The men and women return with key sprinters, distance runners, and field event specialists ready to mix it up for your Thunderhawks.

The sprints & hurdle group are coached by Head Coach Rodney Heath, Kim Heath, Michael Dwyer, and Jimmy Turner. We added some wonderful coaching additions to our staff starting with Colbly Webb, Trinton Brown and JJ Hayes. They will help with the sprints group, 


Men's Sprints:

Junior Greg James returns to compete for another GMC title and looks to be one of the top 400-meter sprinters in the state this season. We are a young group of upcoming juniors and sophomores like Taariq Smith and Mo Gueye in the hurdles crew. Senior Myles Boolton is back to make his presence felt in the 110 hurdles at GMC championship. We are excited about the outcome for this men's group. 

Women's Sprints:

Juniors Lena James, Ivy Smith, and Heaven Wills are state-qualifying returners for the sprints. Junior Katlyn Pham and Sophmore Mikaylah Chandler leads Coach Kim, hurdles crew. Both young ladies qualified for state last season. Pham finished 4th in the state in the 300 hurdles. They both are key returners for sprints and relays that helped the Thunderhawks ladies' relays finish top 3 in the 4x100 and 4x200 in Columbus.  Other key returners are Junior Haylie Yeazell, Sophmore Qierstin McClain, and Senior Hailey Still.

Coaching our throws group will be Corbin Smith. Former Lakota East grad, Gracie Clutie will help Coach Smith as they have a young group ready to take the next step. Leading that group will be Jackson Kusmer. He is projected to be one of the top discus throwers in the GMC this season as a Junior. Additionally, we're going to have some really good and tough competition within our ranks this season. We will continue to develop this group and look forward to a bright future.

Coaching our distance group will be Ben Reimer and Lee Sellers.

Boys Distance: 

The boys distance track team features one of the deepest rosters in recent years. Sophomore Reilly Meyer and Junior Blake Gibbs lead the charge and hope to make a push for the State meet in June. Juniors Evan Aponte, Matthew Slone, Steven Troutman, and Sophomore Elijah Grissom look to be major contributors on a very talented distance group.


Girls Distance: 

The girls distance track team is filled with talent. The squad is anchored by seniors Meredith Brown and Brooke Wilson the squad, both of whom are coming off of strong winter seasons. After breakthrough cross-country seasons, sophomores Molly Deardorff, Ava Dickenson, and Elise Brown look to carry their momentum into a dominant track season. 

East Side Pride


Lakota East Boys 

State Qualifiers (Individual)   20
State Champions (Individual)   9 (1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2017, 2018)


Lakota East Girls

GMC Champions (Team)   2019
District Runner-Up (Team)   2000
District Champions (Team)   2001, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023
Regional Runner-Up (Team)   2001
Regional Champions (Team)   2019
State Champions (Team)   2019
State Qualifiers (Individual)   49
State Champions (Individual)   11 (2001, 2014, 2018, 2019)

News & Announcements



Posted on: May 20, 2024

East Girls Track and Field brought home A SW District Title at Ross last Friday! For the Hawks, it is their 6th district title in the last 7 years!.  Junior Heaven Wills was 2nd overall in the Girls 200m at Districts! She ran a PR & is headed to

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The EL CAPORAL Team of the Week for 5/16/24 - Girls Track and Field

Posted on: May 16, 2024

This week's CAPORAL, Lakota East Team of the Week, is the Thunderhawk Girls Track and Field Team. The Thunderhawk Girls are bearing down on the end of their season and making progress towards some lofty goals and expectations.  Earlier this season they

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Posted on: May 14, 2024

DISTRICT THIS WEEK East Boys Track/Field finished 6th overall at the GMC Championship this past weekend. No details are available at this time. Next up is the District Meet at Ross beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Friday. The first four individuals

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Posted on: May 14, 2024

DISTRICT MEET THIS WEEK East Girls Track and Field finished 3rd overall at last Friday's GMC Championships. No details of the event have been provided. Next up is the District Meet at Ross beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Friday. The first four

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