LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette Jeff's Lucas Wallace battled his way back from an ACL tear he suffered in football during his junior season, to win the state title in the 200 meter dash. He was the first boys state champion at Jeff since Dustin Keller in 2003.
"Going in to this school year it all kind of went away," said Wallace. "It was back to the normal reality of football, basketball, and track again. You know I have the target on my back. So, I can't come out and say I am the state champion. I have to earn it again."
Wallace returns for his senior season with the Bronchos and this year he is healthy. Obviously, Wallace has lofty expectations for himself before he graduates.
"Everyone has been asking if I am going to repeat," said Wallace. "God willing I will repeat and I will do what I can to get back to where I was last year."
"Lucas came out of nowhere last year," said Lafayette Jeff track and field head coach Larry Griggs. "No one expected him to go down to state and win the 200. We knew he could and we knew he had the ability to do that. There will be guys from all over the state coming out of nowhere and he is going to have to be at his best at the right time."
Wallace's success on the track has gained the attention from various colleges, including Purdue and Indiana. Wallace has a big decision ahead of him on which college he will take his talents too. He hopes to make the decision very soon.
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