Averi Parker knew her target split times by heart. But she wanted to go over them with her coach again Friday night.

Parker is constantly reflecting and thinking about what she can do better. After taking fourth in the 1,600 meters Friday, she refused to lose in her main event.

Parker won her third straight Class C championship in the 3,200 by finishing in a personal-record 11 minutes, 51.19 seconds Saturday in Laurel. The West Yellowstone junior helped the Wolverine girls finish sixth in the team standings with 26 points.

“She just really thrives at that level of competition. She stepped up to the plate when she needed to. She’s a student of the sport,” Wolverines head coach Toni Brey said. “She’s very committed.”

Parker normally likes to lead the pack during races and push the pace, but she trailed for the first 300 meters. After she took the lead, she could feel a few runners behind her.

But she had won this race before. She was prepared for the challenge and pulled away to beat Scobey’s Gracee Lekvold, who finished in 12:14.37.

“Distance running is definitely mental. It’s hard when you’re leading a pack of people and you can hear them breathing down your neck,” Parker said. “I knew what my times needed to be, so I just listened to that.”

Parker admitted she felt frustrated by a slow start to the season. Next year, she hopes to perform faster at the 1,600 and start the year a little bit faster too.

Brey feels the rest of the Wolverines will have high potential next season as well. Of the 12 athletes West Yellowstone brought to state, none are seniors and only four had been to state before. Brey said the Wolverines showed nerves early on during the 400 relays as the girls dropped their baton and the boys also seemed nervous.

But Brey said Saturday was smooth. For West Yellowstone’s girls, Emilie Collins was fifth in the 100 in a personal-record 13.04 seconds and in the 200 in 27.32 seconds. Also in the 3,200, Kaitlin Jackson was fourth in 12:23.73 and Julia Everest was fifth in 12:36.84, both personal records.

“Hopefully it will light a fire for next year,” Brey said. “It’s so impactful for them to see what it’s all about and see it’s just another meet regardless of the competition.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.