CL Lady Hawks Lock in 3rd Place in Lockhart Relays
CL Lady Hawks finished 3rd with the Junior Varsity and Varsity in Lockhart last Thursday as Canyon Lake and Gonzales were the only schools that were below 5A in size for the 7 team meet.
That will go a far way as the Hawks now start preparing for District 28-4A next Wednesday and Thursday.
Freshman Madison Churbe would finish high point for the Varsity while Elena Vargas would finish at the top for the JV crew.
This Meet had a different format than previous track & field get togethers….the Girls had their running events while the Boys were busy in their Field Event mantra.
That made those events involving running having a much smaller window of rest which would be detrimental for having personal bests.
However, there were several that still went to the front of the class as Alysha Perez lowered her 100 meter time (12.50) while Skylar Hurst did the same in the 400 dash (49.14).
Being in a rush throughout the night can help when the District Meet comes around and having more time to prepare.
Alyssa Strickland made a jump from Junior Varsity to Varsity for this meet and a 2nd place finish in the 100 meter hurdles was a good prize to take home.
The ReSporter is amazed on how many athletes are doubling up their commitments as Softball and Soccer participants were all over the field as these athletes did their best on Thursday to be at it again with another sport on Friday.
There were some tougher schools in this meet which did squelch some opportunities for the Hawks to get their points like many of the past meets.
It was not that long ago when the Lady’s Track Team was not even in the conversation when District would come calling. With each passing year, the Hawks, keep plugging along and this year having a chance of being one of the best in district.
Elena Vargas is not eligible to run for the Varsity this season because she transferred into Canyon Lake last year. This young lady is a poster child for CL Students that might think they are not capable of competing in sports.
Vargas is a Junior and this is her first time ever to compete as she was previously in a 6A school and did not think she had a chance of playing or even participating.
“I have never played when I was at East Central,” Vargas stated. “Now I want to beat my times and I got my split of 12.77 in the 4×100 relay in this meet.”
Now Vargas has embraced her first ever time to be on a team and is breaking records and stock piling points out the wazzooo….
Track was not high up in Vargas’ thinking, “I never liked to run….and now I want to take the 1st spot.”
You could see Elena’s eyes in how competition has now revved up a part of her that she might not have realized staying in a larger school.
“I grew up with Alysha (Perez),” Vargas said when asked who talked her into coming out for track this year. “My first meet, I got 2nd in the long jump and I just loved it from that point on, I can hardly wait till next year when I will have a chance to run for the Varsity.”
Vargas had 23 points in Lockhart and for the year has accumulated, 111 points. Not bad for a student that had never been in a sporting event ever!!!
Madison Blackburn continues to have strong showings in her limited action this season and Jasmine Coble had her second good meet in a row.
Coble finished first in her JV 100 meter dash and Blackburn had a 1st place in the triple jump.
Lainee Moses for the Varsity broke the 50 second mark in the 300 meter hurdles which is a big hurdle (pardon the pun) to break. This JV crew would have challenged the big schools for first place it this contingent of freshman on the varsity would have been competing with their classmates.
Hurst has been running her marquee 400 meter dash under the 50 second threshold and is now threatening the 49 second barrier.
In a South Austin Track Meet the best 400 time was 59.99, you get the idea. Hurst would be worth some points for many of those larger schools this season.
“I was just trying to rest as much as I could,” Hurst said when asked how this meet had the events coming up much faster. “There was so much lost time and so I just prayed.”
Hurst has become the heart of this year’s Girls Track Team as this young lady has had her ‘A’ game from the opening race.
“I work hardest in practice and I have some good competition in practice,” Hurst admonished her teammates. “I’m getting better and I am breaking my times….when I beat the 60 second time, I just opened it up and I just wanted to be my best at it and give all the Glory to God.”
On what she would like see her time this year, “58 seconds….that would be crazy,” Hurst raced. “I like how tough it (400 meter) is and I just need to stay strong and I am always testing myself.”
Another Hawk Lady, Audrey Schulze has quietly performed the last two years and is now in the top 10 for all time scorers tied for 9th with 91 points.
Schulze was brought up last season during her freshman year and has been competing against older athletes and has started to shine as she finishes her second year.
With 10 points in Lockhart, Schulze will be seen running in those relays and those events will only reward an athlete 1/4 of the point totals.
She has been running the open 400 this year and had her a personal best with a 62.41 time in Lockhart. Schulze now has the 3rd best time in district behind her teammate, Hurst.
When you can have 2 or 3 Hawks in the top 6 on events then those points will start to add up quickly. That 400 time has Audrey with the 4th fastest time in Hawk History.
Hawk 400 meter time when 1. Skylar Hurst 59.14 Lockhart Relays 2. Hannah Graves 61.86 2013 3. Brookelynn Helmke 62.30 2012 4. Audrey Schulze 62.41 Lockhart Relays
“I feel like my times have improved this year and I am really glad for it,” Schulze said. “I have been training hard and the mental part of running has helped me make my goals.”
On what her goals are as she finishes this season. “I would like qualify for Area.”
On how she thinks through her 400 race, “I do better when I am not thinking and just change my sprint out when I get near the end of my race.”
Schulze was commenting on how she runs the 400 and what she will need to work on, “I would like to break the 62 second mark next.”
Something to think about, Hurst best time in the 400 meter dash as a freshman was 67.65 and Schulze as a Freshman had a best of 64.81.
Each year can become a faster time with the right training and this time next year, CL might have 2 runners under the 60 second barrier.
Junior Varsity Varsity Canyon 143 Canyon 139 Killeen 130 Killeen 122 CL Hawks 98 CL Hawks 103 Bastrop 77 Gonzales 89 Gonzales 76 Lehman 61 Lockhart 46 Bastrop 53 Lehman 39 Lockhart 52 ===================================================== Girls Individual Scorers Junior Varsity Varsity Elena Vargas 23 Madison Churbe 22 Madison Blackburn 22 Skylar Hurst 20 Jasmine Coble 12 Alysha Perez 11 Caroline Kullberg 8 Lainee Moses 11 Ashlie Shipman 7 Audrey Schulze 10 Mia Cruz 5 Alyssa Strickland 8 Alisia Niestemski 4 Amber Leach 8 Caitlin MacDonald 4 Hannah Young 6 Jaydian Loftis 3 Carley Dubois 5 Raegan Cowan 2 Adia Garcia 4 Josiah Hespen 2 Emily McDonald 1 -------------------------------------------------------- 100 meter dash time place 100 meter dash time place Jasmine Coble 13.38 1st Alysha Perez 12.50 3rd 200 meter dash 200 meter dash Elena Vargas 28.49 2nd Madison Churbe 26.65 1st Ashlie Shipman 28.94 5th Skylar Hurst 26.82 2nd 400 meter dash 400 meter dash Josiah Hespen 69.46 5th Skylar Hurst 59.24 1st Audrey Schulze 62.41 2nd 100 meter hurdles Madison Blackburn 17.77 2nd 100 meter hurdles Alisia Niestemski 18.34 5th Alyssa Strickland 16.55 2nd Lainee Moses 17.70 6th 300 meter hurdles Madison Blackburn 54.15 4th 300 meter hurdles Lainee Moses 49.84 2nd Hannah Young 51.96 5th triple jump Madison Blackurn 30-11.50 1st discus Alisia Niestemski 30-06.50 3rd Adia Garcia 94-09 4th high jump triple jump Elena Vargas 4-06 1st Emily McDonald 31-11.50 6th Caroline Kullberg 4-06 2nd high jump 4x100 meter relay 53.59 2nd Madison Churbe 4-04 6th Elena Vargas Ashlie Shipman Caitlin MacDonald Mia Cruz pole vault Amber Leach 8-06 2nd 4x200 meter relay 2:02.55 5th Elena Vargas Ashlie Shipman 4x200 meter relay 1:49.10 4th Jaydian Loftis Mia Cruz Hannah Young Alysha Perez Carley Dubois Madison Churbe 4x400 meter relay 4:40.58 4th Alisia Niestemski Jaydian Loftis 4x400 meter relay 4:15.94 4th Raegan Cowan Jasmine Coble Hannah Young Audrey Schulze Lainee Moses Skylar Hurst