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Game Article, Track & Field | April 20, 2014

Track & Field Hawks will be off for Region Meet this Week

Canyon Lake will have 7 athletes taking a van to Kingsville next week after competition in their Area Meet last week in Hawkville.

Sophomore Bailey Drum will represent the ladies after a personal best triple jump of 36-02 and winning this event.

Bailey Drum keeps that great Triple Jump tradition going for the Hawks

Bailey Drum keeps that great Triple Jump tradition going for the Hawks

From Head Girls Coach John Barthels, “Bailey was tied for 4th place going into the Area Meet with a jump of 34-07. The young lady she was tied with jumped 35-00 on her first attempt putting pressure on Bailey early. Then Bailey jumped her season and career best of 34-09.00 before being re-arranged for the finals.

She had one jump that I told her would have been 36-00 if she had not scratched by half a foot. She was still in 5th place going into her final jump, where she needed to have a 35+ attempt. Then she perfectly hit the board and exploded to a 36-02.00 jump, giving her 1st place over everyone.”

“I had been inconsistent the whole year,” Drum started. “I just got on the board perfect and when I landed I looked back and I thought I had jumped another 34 (feet)…I felt I could compete with the best and I think I can do it and this triple jump gave me confidence.”

Competition is set below based on who will be attending from around the Region, at this writing, Area 31-32 is competing on Saturday and so those distances would be updated early next week. The athletes below in those districts was how they finished in their district track meet.

District 25-26                               District 29-30
                                  TRIPLE JUMP
name             school       distance       name           school         distance
Tristyn Allen    Sealy        37-08.00       Kim Rendon     Pearsall       36-03.00
Feleicenne Axel  Columbus     37-03.75       Ashia Williams West-Oso       35-01.00
Amy Pflughaupt   El Campo     35-03.00       Emma Foster    Rockport       34-08.50
K Vanterpool     Columbus     34-03.50       Andrea Theis   Hondo          34-08.00
District 27-28                               District 31-32 Qualifiers not Area Result
Bailey Drum      CL Hawks     36-02.00       Marina Guerero Banquete       34-01.25
Kally Long       Wimberley    35-11.00       Emily Flores   Taft           33-10.25
T Williams       Sam Houston  35-08.50       Brittany Mathis George West   33-08.50
Cassie Leal      Pleasanton   35-00.75       Simone Harry   Port Isabel    32-04.50
                                   HIGH JUMP
District 25-26                                District 29-30
name             school        height         name          school         height
Khouri Walker    Cuero         6-02           Dacota Deaver Orange Grove   5-10
Jackie Davis     Smithville    6-00           Seth Culver   Rockport       5-10
Tre Hights       Yoakum        6-00           Dillon Ricord Devine         5-10
Ty Beseda        La Grange     5-10           Shane Stehle                 5-08
District 27-28                                District 31-32
Jacob Gonzales   Somerset      6-02           Bryan Casa    La Feria       6-02
Heath McDonough  CL Hawks      6-00           Hunter Pipken George West    6-00
Justus Parker    La Vernia     5-10           D Villarreal  Banquete       6-00
Kevin Justice    Boerne        5-08           Juan Alvarez  Mathis         5-10
                                   POLE VAULT
District 25-26                                District 29-30
name             school        height         name          school         height
Dylan Kovarcik   Needville     13-06          C. Cohea      Sinton         14-00
Shane Poncik     Needville     13-00          J Hinshaw     Lytle          13-06
Logan McBride    Bellville     13-00          Carson Stoner Hondo          13-00
Chet Prihoda     Needville     13-00          K Gonzales    Pearsall       12-06
District 27-28                                District 31-32
Chris Dittman    CL Hawks      14-06          Derek Salazar Rio Hondo      14-06
Luke Jaroszewski Navarro       14-00          M Carrizales  Rio Hondo      13-06
Jeffrey Sewaret  La Vernia     13-06          Tyler Mixon   George West    11-03
Chad Wieland     Navarro       12-06          Josh Ceballos Odem           11-00
                                300 METER HURDLES
District 25-26                                 District 29-30
name             school         time           name         school          time
Austin Rohrs     Sealy         40.38           A Farenthold Rockport       40.03
Logan McBride    Bellville     40.86           D Truesdale  Rockport       40.71
Federico Ramirez Sealy         41.53           J Alfaro     Hondo          41.17
Miguel Resendiz  Yoakum        41.56           R Salazar    Carrizo        41.61
District 27-28                                 District 31-32
Noah Nelson      Bandera       40.40           M Carrizales Rio Hondo      41.31
Brandon Courtney CL Hawks      40.51           Jose Munoz   Progreso       42.64
Cal Smith        Wimberley     41.34           Marcus Nunez La Feria       43.64
Aaron Duelm      La Vernia     41.35
                                 4x400 METER RELAYS
District 25-26                                 District 29-30
school                         time            school                       time
Giddings                    3:20.34            Rockport-Fulton           3:27.29
Wharton                     3:22.96            Ingleside                 3:27.31
Bellville                   3:25.59            Lytle                     3:31.06
Sealy                       3:25.76            Carrizo Springs           3:32.27
District 27-28                                 District 31-32
Navarro                     3:27.40            La Feria                  3:29.24
CL Hawks                    3:30.14            San Diego                 3:34.71
Fredericksburg              3:30.79            Banquete                  3:35.09
Boerne                      3:35.39            Progreso                  3:41.56

There are some good jumps mentioned above, but as Miss Drum might tell you, anything can happen.

Drum should know after besting her previous best in the Area Meet by 1 foot and 6.5 inches.

Last year at this time, Drum had a season best jump of 32-06.00 at last year’s JV District Meet. That is a good four feet better after a one year time period.

Now, Drum has served notice she might be around a couple more years as she will play every sport that is offered every time the first school bell rings. (Volleyball-Basketball-Track & Field)

Ok, Drum is a Sophomore and now we want to highlight a Freshman in Heath McDonough who will also be at the Region Meet competing in the High Jump.

Freshman Heath McDonough is climbing new heights

Freshman Heath McDonough is climbing new heights

“Heath has had a great track season,” Head Boys Track Coach Troy Moses said. “He competed JV all season because I wanted him to develop into a track athlete and not just a High Jumper. Heath is going to be someone to watch in the future. He learned how to hurdle this year an fit was a slow process but he really came on towards the end of the year. He could of jumped on Varsity all year but he would not have the experience of running the hurdles and the 4×4 relay. The Area Meet was his best meet of the year, he did exactly what he needed to do. We knew that if he could clear 5-10 with no misses, then he would be in good shape. As a Coach, it is good to see a young Freshman compete like that.”

“It was really windy,” McDonough cleared his first sentence. “I cleared every height until the bar was raised to 6 foot and I thought I had that height until I clipped the bar with my ankles.”

McDonough has some high goals (pardon the pun) in wanting to eventually reach recent graduate Jordan Anderson’s 6-06.00 mark.

How about another Freshman who had been coming through the ranks as a decent hurdler, Brandon Courtney, will also be going to Kingsville in the 4×400 Relay.

“Brandon is a true competitor,” Coach Moses stated. “In the first two track meets, Brandon, ran on the JV and was winning, but not running great times, but he showed that he was one of our top four runners for the 4×4 relay. So we moved him to Varsity, so he could run the relay and that is when he

Freshman Brandon Courtney under the lights

Freshman Brandon Courtney under the lights

came out of his ‘shell’. He competed extremely well in both the 110 HH and the 300 HH. Brandon is a young man that does not like to lose. He has set the school record in both hurdle races this year, as a Freshman!! We are going to have a lot of fun watching this young man the next three years.”

The ReSporter caught up with Brandon after the Meet (out of breath), when did you know you would be this good in track?

“It started last year,” Courtney said. “I started getting taller and stronger. This year, I have been trying harder and taking in more information on how to run.”

On what he did before the Area Meet, since he was involved competing in three separate events.

“The Coaches told me to do some light work outs and I just tried to stay off my feet,” Courtney tip toed. “Whatever happens, happens and I am going to try to go as far as I can.”

Courtney’s last statement was in regards to what are his hopes as he enters the Region Meet.

Senior Christian Dittman has set the standard for future Pole Vaulters at CL these past two years have been a sight to behold.

This year, Dittman has been involved with several events and now will be able to concentrate on his first love.

That will hopefully propel him to greater heights as he zeros in his last attempt.

“Chris has been one of the top vaulters in the Region all year,” Coach Moses parted. “He has a real shot at qualifying for the State Meet. If he can get over 14-06, then he will be in the running.”

That 14-06 mark has been met earlier this year and with this young man’s resolve that could be reachable again this week-end.

Canyon Lake will be involved in the 4×400 Meter Relay after being left out last season.

“This group has done a great job this season competing,” Coach Moses passed the baton. “We have finished in the top 3 at every track meet we have gone to this year. Our first meet we ran a 3:38 and we have cut that to 3:30. Our goal has been all year to make regionals and make the finals. Canyon Lake has never had a boy’s relay make the finals at the Regional Track Meet, so that is what we will be working towards this week.”

Bradford Door Works, hopes Canyon Lake Track & Field Athletes do well at Region Meet

Bradford Door Works, hopes Canyon Lake Track & Field Athletes do well at Region Meet

This might also be Junior Shane Relkin’s last event as a Hawk, as Seniors Isaac and Javier Mendez will certainly be saying good-bye after this track year by crossing a stage and getting a sheet of paper saying they have college days coming.

Those three athletes have been very instrumental at Canyon Lake and the Mendez boys have not had many days where they were not in competition or practicing for a game or meet.

It is a tough job to go from August to May and competing in sports on every turn.

Thanks for your work and get those finals!!