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Lemont’s David Lehenbauer competes at third IHSA Track and Field State Finals

5/25/2019

Lemont's David Lehenbauer is only the second athlete in program history to record three IHSA Boys' Track and Field State Finals berths.

Lemont High School senior David Lehenbauer became the second athlete in program history to advance to state finals competition in track and field at least three times. Lehenbauer competed in the high jump at the 2019 IHSA Class 3A Boys’ Track and Field State Finals, which were contested on May 24-25 at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Lehenbauer cleared the 6’00.00” mark in the preliminary round at the state finals, but did not advance to the final round.

At the IHSA Downers Grove North Sectional on May 17, Lehenbauer finished as the runner-up after clearing the 6’03.00” mark, which matched the top effort at the event. The top two finishers in each of the state’s Class 3A Sectionals advance to the state finals, as do any athletes whose efforts in the preliminaries equal or surpass the designated qualifying marks.

IHSA Boys' Track and Field Website

Lehenbauer reached the final round in each of his first two state finals appearances in 2017 and 2018. As a junior in 2018, he cleared the 6’05.00” mark and placed 10th, just missing a medal.

He established a new school record in the high jump earlier this season when he cleared the 6’08.00” mark at the Lemont Indoor Invitational. He also won at the Class 3A Illinois Top Times event by clearing the 6’07.00” mark, and was the South Suburban Conference-Blue Division title winner after clearing the 6’06.00” mark.

Lemont’s boys’ track and field program, which is coached by Dennis Kennedy, has earned 16 state medals in its history. Nick Bromberek ‘00 won nine state medals in all, and is the only athlete in program history to reach the state finals four times. As the school’s only state finals competitor, Bromberek guided Lemont to a second-place finish at the 2000 IHSA Class AA State Finals. He won the 200- and 400-meter dash and long jump events, and was second in the 100-meter dash. Lemont’s most recent state medal came in 2016, when Chris Thompson ‘16 finished as the IHSA Class 3A State Runner-Up in the 400-meter dash.

Boys’ track and field is one of 12 Lemont High School sports to be represented in IHSA State Finals competition this year. The cheerleading team advanced to the IHSA Medium Division Cheerleading State Finals; the girls’ cross country team placed 18th at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country State Finals; the wrestling team advanced to the 2019 IHSA Class 2A Wresting Dual Team State Finals; senior Karla Pulido participated at the 2019 IHSA Badminton State Finals; senior Kendra Anifer participated at the 2019 IHSA Girls’ Bowling State Finals; senior Andrew Deuschle participated at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Cross Country State Finals; freshman Paulius Malcius competed at the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Golf State Finals; senior Maggie Micetich participated at the 2018 IHSA Class AA Girls’ Golf State Finals; seniors Shaan Pal and Nathan Pawlak and junior Max Celis competed at the 2019 IHSA Class 1A Boys’ Tennis State Finals; seniors Grace Horky and Maggie O’Brien and freshman Amanda Lopykinski all advanced to the 2018 IHSA Class 1A Girls’ Tennis State Finals; junior Maggie Wrublik and freshman Kaylie Politza competed at the 2019 IHSA Class 3A Girls’ Track and Field State Finals, with Politza (9th, 800 meter run) medaling; and six wrestlers advanced to the 2019 IHSA Class 2A Wrestling Individual State Finals, including juniors Grant LaDuke (3rd, 145 pounds) and Kyle Schickel (2nd, 138 pounds), sophomore Apollo Gothard (2nd, 220 pounds) and freshman Evan Schiffman (4th, 106 pounds), who all medaled.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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