Hawks Finish District 26-4A with One Championship
Canyon Lake’s next stop will be Liberty Hill in two weeks for the Area Meet to qualify for Region Meet in Kingsville.
The top 4 in each event got their ticket punched for this chance and the Hawks had several athletes who had personal best finishes which might be an indication that the record breaking might not be finished.
CL’s Boys and Girls both finished in 4th place in their district meet held in Cuero this past Wednesday and Thursday.
Hurdles was the strength of both Boys and Girls as Bailey Drum and Brandon Courtney both lowered their best times in this meet.
Drum had a 36 point meet scoring in all 5 events she entered. that included 3 first place finishes while qualifying for the Area Meet in 4 of those 5 events.
Canyon Lake had points every time Drum walked out to compete, as this future Angelo State Volleyball player proved she can handle track & field too.
With Drum’s 36 points, she passed 200 points for the year and now resides with 213 tallies and more meets ahead for this tireless athlete.
“After all of this, I don’t have a lot of energy left,” Drum noted after her final event. “I honestly did not think I was running that fast and I just attacked every hurdle.”
That last comment was in response to lowering her best 300 meter hurdle race by over 2 seconds.
Courtney had his personal best in the 300 meter hurdles where he advanced last season to Austin for the State Meet. Finishing with 23 points has Courtney going to the Area Meet in 3 events.
“I had a good win and it surprised me,” Courtney responded to lowering his PR. “I was aiming for a 39 (second run) and now this let’s me know on what I have to work on to get to a 38 time.”
There were several students that advanced in getting their personal best times or distances.
On that same boy’s 300 meter hurdle race, the Hawks had three players place and all three had their PR (personal record).
Joe Marple was the last Hawk in that race who has been a solid hurdle runner for his career at CL and his place was not as high but he left everything on the track.
“After Spring Break, I had dropped off and they (the coaches) more of me,” Marple hurdled. “When running, I was making beating my pr my goal and I got to kicken better.”
Starting off with Senior Robert Woods who hit over 46 feet with the shot-put and passing Jaaz McNair who held the previous record since 2012 year.
Woods also has CL’s 2nd best throw in the Discus when he unleashed his best throw in that event for 133-07 distance. Passing Thomas Gregory throw of 132-09 in 2013 and still needing 8 more meters to pass all time best of Taylor Hocutt during his 2012 campaign.
Going over to the girls, you had each Relay Team finish with their personal best while also topping each relay for Canyon Lake’s record with each pass of the baton.
In the 4×100 relay, the Hawks topped the 2013 team with Carly Dubois, Audrey Schulze, Kaylie Duke, and Alysha Perez. All of those young ladies do not have a Sr. in front of their name giving you an idea this group could be in store for more good times.
The 4×200 relay was close two weeks ago in breaking the 1:50 time and they beat that barrier by over 2 seconds with a 1:47.70. This team will lose Emma Gray for next year but the rest will be in tack.
For the 4×400 relay they too responded with a more than 2 second improvement on the previous record with a finish of 4:07.39.
“We will beat them at Area,” Drum said in response to Wimberley’s relay finish.
Gray also commented on her last second lead on that record relay event, “I just did not want that girl in front of me again….I was tired of looking at her. Gray continued, “We will have 2 weeks to prepare and we are more determined.”
Phenom, Skylar Hurst was also adamant when talking on the next time she takes the baton, “We are excited and know we can do better as we had not been running much since our last meet….we had not trained much recently and we can improve more.”
The last of the 4×400 girls relay finally chimed in after some prodding, “We all have different things that inspire us and we will just have to push harder,” Sophia Thorpe said like a pro.
This group does have 2 Seniors running with Gray and Bailey Drum but there are more ladies ready to take the reigns after this season concludes.
The Boys Relay had all three teams qualify for Area as the three relays improved this year’s best in this meet.
The 4×100 relay got to within .27 from the fastest time back in 2012 with Henshaw, Hubnik, Coavarrubias, and Camarillo. Joseph Ruiz, Lester Boehm, Haden Lee, and Matt Adams made up this year’s team.
For the 4×200 relay, this team broke the 1:32.00 barrier and joined that same 4×100 team in 2012 in that category. This year’s group would need to improve a bit more to get by the 2012 group.
The competition for the Boys side is a bit more tougher as this 2016 team has been close for the past few weeks and they too got within striking distance to the 2012 and 2015 teams that also finished lower there is a little faster rounds to top those two previous teams.
Austin Camacho, Heath McDonough, Lester Boehm and Brandon Courtney will try again in Liberty Hill as they work on becoming eligible for the Region Meet.
Speaking of Camacho, this young man broke his own Hawk record by 2 seconds in the 800 run by becoming the first Hawk to finish first in a district meet. Camacho held the lead throughout the race as he fought off two challengers on that final stretch.
“It was a good run,” Camacho said nonchalantly, “But we wanted to win the 4×400 relay and now we have a fire under us for this year and we want to get that back.”
Wow! Competition is a good thing as you look at 2 weeks before you can have a chance to unleash again.
Canyon Lake took some points away from the Boy’s Junior Varsity when Caimen McDonough was switched to Varsity to help score more points. McDonough came through with two 4th place finished in the 300 meter hurdles and high jump.
Caimen joined his brother Heath McDonough on the High Jump as both finished in the top 4 giving them a chance to compete again in two weeks.
Caimen also clocked the second fastest 300 meter hurdle time in CL history and in so doing was able to reduce his best by right at 3 seconds.
“I just wanted to get points,” Caimen stated when asked on how he felt on being moved up for varsity.
“That made me faster and since I was not in as many meets I had more energy.”
Another athlete that had a surprise when crossing the finish line. Caimen McDonough commented on how running with a faster field improved his time. His time in the 300 meter hurdles was the second fastest for the Hawks behind…..you guessed it, Brandon Courtney.
Skylar Hurst only misstep was competing in the triple jump coming up short for a chance to triple jump in LH. This young lady did bring down a Hawk 400 meter record and now threatens to break the 50 second barrier next.
Hurst was busy on Friday, as her 400 race was right after a relay event and having more time to rest might have done the trick in breaking that 60 second marker at this meet.
Sophmore Hurst will be competing in two relays and that open 400 race her next time out.
Emma Gray had a decent day, scoring 23 points for Canyon Lake and will also have a busy day in Liberty Hill competing in 4 different events.
Alysha Perez came through for the Lady Hawks when she finished 3rd in the 100 meter dash and then helped 2 relay teams qualify for another chance of stamping their ticket for Kingsville.
Perez’s 11 points was one of three Hawks in double figures as Gray and Bailey both were in that group.
The Hawk Boys had 3 finish with double figures to match the girls team.
Canyon Lake’s Junior Varsity Boys won their second straight District Championship as it was mentioned earlier that that Caimen McDonough ran with the Varsity.
McDonough had been worth 35-42 points in each of his meets since March and with Trenton Lorett having an injury on that last day was also a detriment. Not to mention that Austin Rodriguez had been out after the second meet this season when he also was injured.
Rodriguez injury took, 15-20 points, off the Hawk’s tab each week.
Add all of those points up and this Hawk JV Team would have lapped the field based on how they performed those two days.
CLJV Boys had 11 athletes break double digit scoring giving an idea of how well this broad brush of athletes performed.
For instance, Canyon Lake’s Varsity 4×400 relay team had just one senior running and for a vacancy in next year’s field.
That JV squad had 3 runners finish with points and then a 4×400 relay team with those and more available. In fact, Chacon was the 3rd alternate for the relays and performed at such a high level, you would have to look hard to find how there might have been any difference in the final result.
“This might be our last race to run together,” Tristan Chacon started. “We could be running different events as we move up…but we are never satisfied and now it will be on to the next one.”
“The Junior Varsity has won the last two district meets and that is saying something,” Chacon said with resolve.
“I was angry,” Chance Martelli said with a smile. “It was because of Johnny (Soliz) but this was good for the team and the championship.”
Martelli was commenting on how he was beaten in the open 400 race by Soliz and the motivation that instilled in him.
“For this race I ran strong,” Soliz stated. “We had Chico (Chacon) come in at the last minute and we still were able to get our PR.”
Wyatt Meckel chimed in, “All of us should be on the Varsity for next year.”
Point being, how Canyon Lake is continuing to stockpile talent giving the Hawk Coaching Staff ample opportunities to load those other events with athletes that will compete for points.
Canyon Lake Varsity had no athletes qualify for the finals in the open 400 meter dash yet next year with the addition of this bus load of athletes, that situation could change big time.
Getting 12 points in the 4×400 relay this year might have added another 14-20 points for that open 400 meter dash and all of a sudden those points start adding up for a championship.
Those distance runners will be graduating up which is another area where CL has just scratched the service.
For the Junior Varsity those three distance races scored, 29 points, which are points the Hawks have not had a chance in putting any fear in their opponents.
Reid Crownover was another surprise scoring points in one of the hardest events, pole vault, and after Tommy Clark graduated last year, the Hawks had a lot of zero’s in that category this season.
Canyon Lake had a great 2 days and the future is certainly bright and that continues in 2 weeks from now, when these Hawk qualifiers go to battle again in Liberty Hill.
Upcoming Track Meets Thursday April 21 Area Track Meet Liberty Hill High School Fri & Sat April 29-30 Regional Track Meet TAMU-Kingsville
Hawk Track & Field Scorers District 26-4A Varsity Boys Varsity Girls 100 meter dash Haden Lee 11.74 5th Alysha Perez 13.24 3rd 800 meter dash 400 meter dash Austin Camacho 2:02.25 1st Skylar Hurst 60.35 1st 110/100 meter hurdles Brandon Courtney 15.21 1st Bailey Drum 16.31 1st Gerrit Wilkins 16.16 5th Emma Gray 16.90 2nd Sydney Reibschlaeger 17.42 5th 300 meter hurdles Brandon Courtney 38.79 1st Bailey Drum 47.98 1st Caimen McDonough 41.06 4th Joe Marple 41.97 6th discus triple jump Robert Woods 133-07 5th Bailey Drum 36-07.50 1st Skylar Hurst 31-02.00 6th shot put long jump Robert Woods 46-01 3rd Bailey Drum 15-09.50 5th high jump Heath McDonough 6-02 2nd Emma Gray 5-00 2nd Caimen McDonough 5-10 4th 4x100 relay CL Hawks 44.00 4th CL Hawks 51.92 4th Joseph Ruiz Lester Boehm Audrey Schulze Alysha Perez Matt Adams Haden Lee Kaylie Duke Carly Dubois 4x200 relay CL Hawks 1:31.67 3rd CL Hawks 1:47.70 3rd Lester Boehm Tanner Faris Sophia Thorpe Alysha Perez Matt Adams Haden Lee Emma Gray Skylar Hurst 4x400 relay CL Hawks 3:26.95 3rd CL Hawks 4:07.39 2nd Lester Boehm Austin Camacho Sophia Thorpe Bailey Drum Heath McDonough Brandon Courtney Emma Gray Skylar Hurst Point Scorers Brandon Courtney 23 Bailey Drum 36 Austin Camacho 13 Emma Gray 23 Heath McDonough 11 Skylar Hurst 18 Robert Woods 8 Alysha Perez 11 Caimen McDonough 8 Sophia Thorpe 7 Lester Boehm 8 Sydney Reiberschlaeger 2 Haden Lee 7 Audrey Schulze 2 Matt Adams 5 Kaylie Duke 2 Tanner Faris 3 Carly Dubois 2 Joseph Ruiz 2 Gerrit Wilkins 2 Joe Marple 1
======================================================= Junior Varsity Boys Girls 100 meter dash 400 meter dash Landry Moore 11.88 1st Felicity Neistemski 66.76 4th Kenneth Jowers 12.02 2nd Ella Necander 67.11 5th Bethany Thibedeaux 67.25 6th 200 meter dash 1600 meter run Austin Brennan 24.64 2nd Hannah Williams 6:43.60 5th Brittany Gonzales 6:48.08 6th 400 meter dash 3200 meter run Johnny Soliz 53.99 1st Hannah Williams 16:36.40 4th Chance Martelli 54.14 2nd Tatiana Schultz 17:27.69 5th Wyatt Merkel 54.81 3rd 800 meter run 800 meter run Nolan Davila 2:13.57 2nd Felicity Neistemski 2:43.19 3rd Jacob Uciniski 2:17.43 5th 1600 meter run 100 meter hurdles Nolan Davila 5:04.30 3rd Paige Bower 20.10 6th Jaren Marmolejo 5:08.30 4th 3200 meter run high jump Jaren Marmolejo 11:21.17 3rd Paige Bower 4-02 5th Luis Juarez 11:34.01 5th Raegen Cowan 4-02 6th Matthew Bell 11:47.88 6th 110 meter hurdles James Glowka 18.57 5th 300 meter hurdles James Glowka 43.92 2nd triple jump Trenton Lorett 37-08.00 2nd Greyson Lee 36-02.50 5th Long jump Jacob Ruff 17-10.75 2nd Trenton Lorett 17-08.00 5th high jump Chance Martelli 5-02 5th Wyatt Meckel 5-00 6th pole vault Reid Crownover 10-06 4th 4x100 relay CL Hawks 45.49 1st CL Hawks 54.21 3rd Jacob Ruff Connor Rose Jasmine Ramos Raegan Cowan Kenneth Jowers Austin Brennan Mia Cruz Hannah Wisdom 4x200 relay CL Hawks 1:38.14 4th CL Hawks 1:53.71 2nd Connor Rose Landry Moore Raegan Cowan Mia Cruz Kenneth Jowers Austin Brennan Alyssa Natal Hannah Wisdom 4x400 relay CL Hawks 3:43.20 1st CL Hawks 4:31.65 2nd Wyatt Meckel Tristan Chacon Hannah Wisdom Bethany Thibedeaux Johnny Soliz Chance Martelli Ella Necander Felicity Neistemski Junior Varsity Individual Points Kenneth Jowers 15 Felicity Neistemski 15 Austin Brennan 15 Hannah Wisdom 11 Johnny Soliz 15 Raegan Cowan 8 Chance Marteilli 15 Mia Cruz 7 Nolan Davila 14 Ella Necander 6 Jacob Ruff 13 Hannah Williams 6 Wyatt Meckel 12 Bethany Thibedeaux 5 Landry Moore 12 Alyssa Natal 4 James Glowka 10 Jasmine Ramos 3 Trenton Lorett 10 Paige Bower 3 Jaren Marmolejo 10 Tatiana Schultz 2 Connor Rose 7 Brittany Gonzales 1 Tristan Chacon 7 Reid Crownover 4 Greyson Lee 2 Jacob Ucinski 2 Luis Juarez 2 Matthew Bell 1