COLUMBUS — West Liberty-Salem’s Raiph LeVan once again set a personal record, shaving his time to 50.13 seconds in the 400-meter dash at the Division III state track and field championships on Saturday.
That time was good enough to snag fourth place for the junior, behind Isaac Naayers (Lancaster Fairfield Christian) and his time of 49.19. Cedarville’s Devin Gruet and Waynesfield-Goshen’s Tyler Eller were second and third, respectively.
“It’s crazy. Having to run the 400 halfway through the season wasn’t really what I planned on, but it’s working out pretty well,” LeVan said. “(I’ll) come out next year and do the same thing.”
WL-S Boys Coach Joe Taylor couldn’t adequately express the pride that both he and the community feel for LeVan and his accomplishment.
“The entire WL-S community, school staff and all of Raiph’s teammates are very happy for him,” Taylor said. “For a first year track participant, Raiph certainly exceeded expectations, and now he has set the bar high for himself next year during his senior season.
“Raiph wanted to win the race today, and I could tell that he was a little disappointed in his performance today, but was still satisfied with the end result. He is already having thoughts about next season and trying to win the 400.”
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.