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Game Article, Track & Field | March 24, 2014

Hawks Hone Skills for District Track Meet

Canyon Lake has had several injuries this season and will be working on

Bailey Drum making her mark in the Triple Jump

Bailey Drum making her mark in the Triple Jump

getting athletes in shape as the Hawk Relays commences this Thursday and District 27-3A Meet in a couple of weeks.

There have been some personal bests this season and Shane Relkin had that moment last week in the long jump hitting a distance of 20’5.25 feet.

Breaking the 20 foot mark is a goal for athletes in having a chance to score some points for the team.

“It was last jump,” Junior Relkin said. “It felt like a solid jump and the coaches said to go up six inches on my step…I had a solid jump and I just flew and then had a good landing. It was exciting to getting one of the goals that I had set.”

The Hawks has had another surprise with Freshman Brandon Courtney coming into this meet with some serious times and moving up on the depth chart.

“Last year I was running a 56 second 400 meter run,” Courtney started.

That mark has been obliterated when Courtney whittled that time down about 3 seconds this year.

“Adrenaline,” Courtney said quickly when responding to what is one of his major reasons for running so much faster. “I’m in the 300 and 110 meter hurdles and now I have a chance to get a letterman’s jacket….but I would like to place in every meet this year.”

That certainly is within reach after watching this young man finish strong in Dripping Springs last Thursday.

On the girls side of the cinders, Mariah Ellis also had a personal best in the triple jump in the Texan’s Meet.

“This week I finally got my approach down,” Elliis said matter of factly. “Both Bailey (Drum) and I were tied before the last jump and I was just trying to be better than her jumps since I was jumping after she was.”

“I want to have a personal best in the 800 meter run,” Ellis commented on what she hopes happens as this season continues. “That last 200 meters I was just dead last time I ran.”

Speaking from experience, those longer runs has a way of taking everything out of a runner.

Canyon Lake had many of the girl athletes absent for the Texan’s Meet, but intend to have a full team this Thursday at Canyon Lake Meet.

 Texans Relays Results:
 Boys JV                                  Girls JV
 200 M Dash                               300 Meter Hurdles
 Nicolai Lauritsen     24.44    4th       Abby Freund         54.16     3rd

 400 M Dash
 Mike Thorpe           56.52    6th

 High Jump
 Heath McDonough       5'8      3rd

 Pole Vault
 Joe Marple            9'6      2nd
 Wyatt Wiggins         8'0      4th

 4x100 Meter Relay     48.13    6th
 James Alexander Hunter Lehmann
 Hayden Reed Justus Montgomery

 4x200 Meter Relay   1:38.77    3rd
 Nicolai Lauritsen Hunter Lehmann
 Hayden Reed Justus Montgomery

 4x400 Meter Relay   3:49.27    4th
 Nicolai Lauritsen Heath McDonough
 Mike Thorpe Justus Montgomery

 Boys Varsity                             Girls Varsity
 200 M Dash                               100 Meter Dash
 Blak Walker         23.78      5th       Kyndall Drum        13.43     5th

 400 M Dash                               400 Meter Dash
 Javier Mendez       52.21      3rd       Hannah Graves       64.11     6th

 110 M Hurdles                            800 Meter Run
 Brandon Courtney    16.50      5th       Mariah Ellis      2:37.25     6th

 300 M Hurdles                            4x200 Meter Relay 1:55.44     6th
 Brandon Courtney    43.06      4th       Grace Allen    Sophia Thorpe
                                          Kyndall Drum   Mariah Ellis 
 Long Jump                                
 Shane Relkin      20-5.25      6th       4x400 Meter Relay 4:21.42     6th
                                          Dana Buhr      Bailey Drum
 Discus                                   Hannah Graves  Mariah Ellis
 Austin Kahil     125-5.50      3rd 
 Gordon McCleary  121-4         4th       Triple Jump
                                          Mariah Ellis      34-01.50    1st
 Pole Vault                               Bailey Drum       33-10.00    2nd
 Christian Dittman   14-00      1st
                                          High Jump
 4x100 Meter Relay   46.05      6th       Mariah Ellis       4-10       4th
 Blak Walker       Matt Adams
 Garhett Grundei   Christian Dittman 

 4x400 Meter Relay 3:30.85      3rd 
 Isaac Mendez      Shane Relkin
 Brandon Courtney  Javier Mendez