Audubon senior Lacey Vokt won the 100-meter hurdles (16.72) Tuesday at the Western Iowa Conference track meet and finished third in the high jump (4-8), in addition to helping the Wheelers to a victory in the 400 relay (52.68) and a second-place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay (1:10.13). Hurdles coach Bob Clark calls the three-time state track qualifier a fierce competitor who’s willing to help the younger girls improve. Vokt also has been a standout in basketball and softball at Audubon, and is a member of the dance team.
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Q: Any consistent habits before you start a race?
A: Right before the race, I kind of check out my opponents a little bit. I’m just watching them, and trying to get myself focused.
Q: Where will you be attending college and for what sport? Will it be easy to move on?
A: I’m going to Buena Vista in Storm Lake and will be on the basketball team. I will miss my high school team like crazy, but it’s time to close one chapter and start a new one.
Q: Has basketball always been your favorite?
A: I started in about third grade. I absolutely hated it though. But my coaches seemed to see potential in me and got me to stick it out. And I just love it now.
Q: What changed?
A: About fifth and sixth grade, I noticed I could drive past some people and score. Then it got really fun.
Q: Why did you decide to stick with the dance team?
A: My sister was a big dancer. She went to Simpson for dance. She was a senior when I was a freshman and kind of got me into it. And once I start something, I don’t like to quit on it.
Q: Town girl or farm girl?
A: We live about two miles outside of town. We’ve got like four horses, two cows, a couple goats, some dogs and cats. I help bring in the hay to the horses and water to them and stuff like that.
Q: Talk about the impact Coach Clark has had on your hurdles career.
A: I love him. He’s been around here forever. All the credit goes to him. He’s here for the junior-highers during their eighth period, and then he sticks around for us. He’ll stay as late as you want him to. He’s just a really good guy, and he helps us out a lot.
— Kevin White