By René Ferrán | Photo by Taylor Balkom
Caleb Lakeman might not have felt 100 percent physically when he stepped to the Hayward Field start line for Saturday’s Class 6A boys 1,500-meter final at the OSAA track and field championships in Eugene.
However, any residual fatigue the Tualatin senior felt dissipated with the confidence boost he’d received from his furious come-from-behind victory in Friday’s 3,000.
“There was a little less pressure because I won yesterday,” Lakeman said. “I knew I could have a chance to win. I just had to make it happen and do what I do.”
Again, he resisted the temptation to match the surge that Central Catholic’s Max Girardet made just as the pack hit the finish line the second time around the track.
Lakeman bided his time and stayed comfortably in fourth place as they rounded the corner, then burst into the lead as they entered the homestretch and held off Roosevelt junior William Heslam at the line to win in 3 minutes, 50.78 seconds.
“There’s always that fear that someone could come beside me and match my kick,” Lakeman said. “I’m always ready for that, but I’m also confident that I knew no one was going to match that move.”