Hawks Track Teams Graduated up from a Van to Bus for Area Meet
Canyon Lake upgraded their vehicle from a Van to a Bus this year for Track & Field as the Hawks qualified 19 athletes and will be on the road for their next round in Kingsville on April 28-29.
The Hawk Ladies keep climbing as they finished in 2nd Place for the Area Meet and now have two Meets in a row where they have had their best ever finish.
Canyon Lake finished ahead of Fredericksburg at this meet after being beat by 66 points during the 28-4A Meet two weeks ago.
That tidbit just magnifies how a school that has so much depth can finish first over what was a much more talented Hawk team at the higher levels of competition.
“I am very proud of the efforts the girls gave at the Area Meet,” Head Girls Coach John Barthels stated. “Fredericksburg was favored in the meet and I knew we would have to beat out Wimberley as well….these girls are setting the standard for the future.”
Skylar Hurst qualified for Region for 4 of the 5 events she participated in, with two 1st place (Triple Jump & 400 meter dash), a 2nd place finish in the 200 meter dash, and the 4×400 meter relay team will be going to Kingsville after being the 3rd team on the podium.
Freshman Madison Churbe will be entered in all three races she ran after finishing 3rd in the 200 meter dash, and having two 2nd place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter relays.
Sophomore Audrey Schulze will be another busy Hawk in next week’s Region Meet with a 2nd place finish in the 400 meter dash, and also qualifying in the two relays she was part of.
Ok, Alysha Perez is another Hawk that will have a full dance card after having a decent showing in the 100 meter dash with a 1st place finish a whopping 3 tenths of a second before the next runner that crossed the finish line.
Perez’s 12.48 time was .02 better than her previous best run at the Lockhart Lion Relays last month. The next fastest Hawk in this event is Churbe with a 13.08 best this year.
Two Seniors will have another chance to continue their career as Carley Dubois and Hannah Young both helped their relay teams to advance. They both shared in the 200 meter relay.
These two young ladies were also dual athletes as Young was active in helping the Soccer team in the playoffs and Dubois also finds time to race from home plate to first base in getting hits routinely. Dubois will have an opportunity for more Softball as that Hawk team is bound for the playoffs next week.
The Freshman Ladies have dominated this year in all the sports and this group of girls in Track and Field continue to impress.
Alyssa Strickland will have another day of competition after a 1st place finish with a 15.83 race. She is still in 4th place all time as Emma Gray, who holds down the 3rd best time, had a 15.82 last year during the Area Meet.
When asked if she still felt like a Freshman, Strickland said, “I don’t think so…..not really.”
“At the very first meet this year, I did not think and just went out and competed,” Strickland said matter of factly. “Then I started getting
better times and coaches were saying, ‘Hey your good’, and then they moved me up for the last two meets….and I was so scared.”
Strickland, took 3 tenths of a second off her best time she ran in her district meet. In that first meet of the year, Strickland was running her times in the 17 second area.
“My whole goal was to beat my time by a 1/2 second….but with a lot of hard work and determination it has worked out well,” Strickland was strict. “I prayed soooo much before I ran the races and I will be working hard and on my mindset to ready for the Region Meet.”
Another freshman, Lainee Moses, garnered points in two events and will be part of the parade in Kingsville running in the 4×400 meter relay. Moses just finished out of contention in the 300 meter hurdle race, but still ran this event under 50 seconds.
Moses has been active during her freshman year as she was on the District Champion Freshman Volleyball club….and then dribbled over to the Basketball courts and was moved to varsity in that sport.
Moses was on the run again for track season and was not on the JV squad long before being elevated to the Varsity Track team where she showed her worth by compiling, 64 points this season.
Jade Lawless did not finish with any points but she still improved upon her best throw with the discus for the second time in the last two meets. She will start next year with a mid 90 foot mark for better results in her arsenal in the coming years.
Amber Leach finished 6th in the Pole Vault and will have aspirations of better things when the Track Meets start back up next year.
But the season still has some more steam as they will load a Bus for Kingsville since the number of CL Hawks from the boy and girl teams will need 19 seats for the trip this time.
Canyon Lake’s Boys Track Team finished in 5th place just 2 points from passing Boerne after scoring 86 points and qualifying 11 Hawks for Kingsville.
There were some surprises in the Field Events for this meet as Ross Snowden and Jacob Foster both unloaded their best throws of the year.
This was reminiscent of Robert Woods last year when he kept improving during his last few meets.
Snowden is now holding down 3rd place in All-Time Hawksters throwing the Shot Put.
Robert Woods 47-03.50 2016 Jaaz McNair 45-09.00 2012 Ross Snowden 43-10.00 2017 Weston Dicks 43-02.00 2012 Haden Lee 41-09.00 2016
Then Junior Jacob Foster went further than any Hawk ever with his Discus throw after heaving the saucer for 144-11 that was over 3 feet better than the previous best of 141-07 for Taylor Hocutt back in 2012.
Staying with the field events, Gerrit Wilkins, continued his over 21 feet leaps in the High Jump event. Wilkins was just off a few inches from his best at the district meet.
That is a good sign as that is showing consistency and it could help after his 3rd place finish. A 4th place finish in district and then adding another 4 athletes will tell you how impressive this day was for Wilkins.
Canyon Lake finished with 30 points in those field events after Heath McDonough finished first in winning the high jump with Caimen McDonough having a 3rd place finish.
The McDonough brothers had a combined 37 points which was just one point off from tying Bandera, while finishing ahead of Hondo, Gonzales, and Eastside Memorial.
They were just 4 points from tying La Vernia too….impressive output from these two athletes.
Caimen will add two hurdle races to his Area Resume while Heath will have two more times to compete in the 200 and 400 meter relay teams.
One of the most exciting Relay races happened during the 4×200 meter event when Lester Boehm passed and held his place for a 2nd place finish. Tanner Faris, Conner Rose, Heath McDonough, and Boehm were the race in that order making their trek around the cinders.
There is a freshman boy also making his mark, as Nic Rivera was promoted up at the end of the season and scored points and reserved a seat to Kingsville in the 300 meter hurdles finishing right behind Caimen McDonough.
“I was expecting a better time,” Rivera commented. “A need to have a cleaner run as I lost about a half second because I used the wrong foot to jump on 3 or 4 of the hurdles.”
Rivera who also played basketball was injured before the football season started and you can see some great potential as his track season will continue for another week.
“Sitting out that long, had me working out and trying to improve….I was given the go ahead about a week or two before basketball season started,” the antsy Rivera said. “It was really exciting and it was more impressive than I thought it would be.” (Rivera was commenting on how the competition had changed from his middle school years)
On what he thought when he was moved up, “I was told that the Coaches did not like to move up freshman and then before the Lions Meet in Lockhart, I looked on the JV board for my name and did not see it….then I looked over on the Varsity board and I could not believe it, but I saw my name.”
“I was more nervous and then I got excited and the adrenaline kicked in and I got my best time at that meet,” Rivera remembered.
On how he will go into the Region week, Rivera strategized, “During the last couple of practices, I had been working hard and Coach Moses mentioned on how he noticed that I had worked harder in the past two weeks than during the year.”
That was apparent as that work ethic helped improve Rivera with 41.49 time, “I will try to get my stride longer so I can have the same foot going over all of the hurdles.”
Senior Colton McDonald had a personal best in his 400 meter dash and qualified for Kingsville for that event and in the 400 relay team.
Chance Martelli had one of his best splits for the 4×400 relay group as their finish was their best for this season and they will need to continue that improvement for scoring points when the Region Meet commences next week.
Canyon Lake continues to improve as a group and that is noted by needing a larger vehicle that what has been used in the past for the trek to Kingsville.
Enjoy the Bus ride and Run Hawks Run!!!
Team Totals Girls Boys Wimberley 124 Fredericksburg 112 CL Hawks 109 Wimberley 111 Fredericksburg 106 Navarro 100 La Vernia 67 Boerne 88 Gonzales 59 CL Hawks 86 Bandera 58 La Vernis 41 Boerne 48 Bandera 38 Navarro 32 Hondo 30 Hondo 17 Gonzales 9 Eastside Memorial 00 Eastside Memorial 6 Hawk Scorers Girls Boys Skylar Hurst 31 Caimen McDonough 20 Alysha Perez 18 Heath McDonough 17 Audrey Schulze 15 Lester Boehm 11 Madison Churbe 14 Colton McDonald 7 Alyssa Strickland 10 Gerrit Wilkins 6 Carley Dubois 8 Nic Rivera 6 Hannah Young 7 Jacob Foster 4 Lainee Moses 5 Ross Snowden 4 Amber Leach 1 Tanner Faris 4 Conner Rose 4 Chance Martelli 3 Hawk Results Girls Boys 4x100 meter relay 50.58 2nd 4x100 meter relay 44.16 7th Carley Dubois Alysha Perez Joseph Ruiz Landry Moore Audrey Schulze Madison Churbe Tanner Faris Conner Rose Alt. Dana Buhr Alyssa Strickland Alt Colton McDonald Chance Martelli 100 meter hurdles 110 meter hurdles Alyssa Strickland 15.83 1st Caimen McDonough 15.57 3rd Gerrit Wilkins 16.12 7th 100 meter dash Alysha Perez 12.48 1st 4x200 meter relay 1:30.70 2nd Tanner Faris Conner Rose 4x200 meter relay 1:47.49 2nd Heath McDonough Lester Boehm Carley Dubois Alysha Perez Alt. Joseph Ruiz Chance Martelli Hannah Young Madison Cherub Alt. Dana Buhr Bethany Thibodeaux 400 meter dash Colton McDonald 52.09 4th 400 meter dash Skylar Hurst 58.28 1st 300 meter hurdles Audrey Schulze 61.30 2nd Caimen McDonough 41.29 2nd Nic Rivera 41.49 3rd 300 meter hurdles Lainee Moses 49.02 5th 200 meter dash Lester Boehm 23.05 4th 200 meter dash Skylar Hurst 26.94 2nd 4x400 meter relay 3:29.48 3rd Madison Churbe 27.42 3rd Colton McDonald Chance Martelli Heath McDonough Lester Boehm 4x400 meter relay 4:12.64 3rd Alt. Caimen McDonough Brandon Courtney Audrey Schulze Lainee Moses Hannah Young Skylar Hurst Discus Alt. Dana Buhr Bethany Thibodeaux Jacob Foster 144-11 4th Discus High Jump Jade Lawless 95-09.50 7th Heath McDonough 6-02 1st Caimen McDonough 6-00 3rd High Jump Skylar Hurst 4-08 7th Long Jump Gerrit Wilkins 21-05.25 3rd Pole Vault Amber Leach 7-06 6th Shot Put Ross Snowden 43-10.00 4th Triple Jump Skylar Hurst 35-04.75 1st