"I just thought, 'Oh, I have the state record,'" Struble recalled. "It was weird to say."
The Coeur d'Alene High senior is a record holder once again after setting another state mark in her signature event during the second and final day of the 5A track and field championships at Rocky Mountain High.
Struble blistered the 300 hurdles course in 42.84 seconds, bettering last year's winning time of 43.40 in a dominating performance.
"That was huge," Coeur d'Alene coach Linda Lanker said. "It was our goal all year for her to break 43 seconds."
Struble wasn't the only local state champion during Saturday's festivities. Coeur d'Alene senior Madison Seaman won the shot put title to go with Friday's title in the discus and Lake City junior Leanne Asper had a superb day - winning the 800 title and running the final leg of the school's winning entry in the 4x200 relay.
Mountain View easily won the girls team title with 106 points, but Coeur d'Alene (71) finished second and Lake City (70.5) was third in a strong showing by the two North Idaho schools.
“People down (in the Boise area) don’t understand maybe the weather difficulties we consistently have in the north, so for two teams to come down and perform this well is really nice to see,” Lake City coach Kelly Reed said. “We’re in snow until the end of March a lot of times. We had three or four meets canceled this year due to weather, so for them to perform like this shows the level of talent that a lot of the kids in the north have.”
Said Lanker: “To have a second and third against all these Boise schools that get to train outside every day, that’s a huge showing for our part of the state.”
Struble, who has signed with Hawaii, was geared up to again be the best in the state of Idaho in the 300 hurdles but was unaware she had surpassed her own record until a few minutes after the race.
“I had no idea that it was that fast, especially when they were announcing the other girls’ times,” Struble said. “I was surprised.”
Struble also surpassed the previous record in the 100 hurdles, but her time of 14.40 seconds was only second best as Capital High’s Jade Childs won with a state record time of 14.37 seconds. The previous record was 14.45 by Skyline’s Tia Lumpkin in 2006.