Track & Field: Boys Win & Ladies Take 3rd in Area Meet
Canyon Lake Boys team took the Area Meet by storm in winning this Meet for the first time in Hawk history with a dramatic 4×400 meter relay finish over Fredericksburg and Wimberley, scoring 108 points.
The Lady Hawks finished in 3rd place compiling 79 points and now each team will start their preparation for the Region Meet to be held in Kingsville April 26-27th.
Caimen McDonough continued his strong showing as this young man will be an active participant in a couple of weeks after qualifying in all 5 events entered for the Area Meet.
Impressive showing to say the least after finishing in 1st place for the 300 hurdles (39.61), high jump (6-02), triple jump (43-03.00) and 4×400 meter relay (3:24.92). Navarro had some tough competition for McDonough, being the 4th person to cross the line, in that 110 meter hurdle race.
For McDonough, he improved his 300 hurdle event breaking the 40 second barrier and joined Brandon Courtney as the only Hawks in that small fraternity.
Those 39 points moved McDonough (457) to within 6 points of passing Jordan Anderson (462) for scoring points in his track career. To reach this plateau has to assume that an athlete can stay healthy and competing in several events. Oh Yeah, and also be good at what they do.
Lester Boehm scored 17 points and passed the 300 point mark for his career and in doing that joined, that Anderson young man, as the only Hawks in that small 2-man fraternity. Boehm ran in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays that finished with All-Time Canyon lake marks.
in the 800 meter run, Matt Bell finished 4th giving him a chance for improving his time at the Region Meet. Bell’s time, 2;07.48, was the 2nd fastest in Hawk history and his running mate was Seth Titzman who finished one place away from a trip to Kingsville and his time, (2:08.46) placed in 3rd place, for The Lake.
The Hawk Boys team will have 12 students that have elongated their season as this school and athletic season gets long in the tooth.
The Lady Hawks are taking 10 to compete in Kingsville as this next round will ratchet up the level of athletes as each round does become, survival of the fittest.
Skylar Hurst continues to improve after lowering this year’s 400 meter mark to 59 seconds even as she coasted across the finish line having a place securely in hand. Hurst was also part of the 4×400 relay team that brought their time down 3 seconds to the second best mark ever (4:08.07) for the Green & Gold.
Audrey Schulze had a PR in her 400 race with little time for rest as she ran the 3rd leg of the 4×200 relay right before her race began. Schulze will join Hurst in participating in more than one event as she was also part of the two relays that qualified.
Alyssa Strickland lowered her 100 hurdle’s signature run as that has become a common occurrence each week and now will hope to improve on her Region race from last year, as she enters her 2nd time to reach this level.
Schulze, Alysha Perez, Hurst are the only Seniors on this trip with some freshman and other younger ladies that look to gain some valuable experience with a chance to make it to the big stage in Austin. Case and point is Landry Brown who was brought up for the District 28-4A Meet to compete with the Varsity and has performed well in the High Jump. Sierra Natal joins in after helping that 4×400 relay.
Fredericksburg’s Ladies dominated this Area Meet by being deep with many athletes to garner points but a 3rd place finish is not to shabby for a blossoming team that had a lot of youth on the cinders in Wimberley.
CL’s Boys had to win their 4×400 relay much like the situation that was presented to them the week before at Freddie Land. Last week the Hawks were one point behind the Billies going into that last race and on this night, Canyon Lake had a 3 point lead over Wimberley and 6 point advantage against FHS.
The Hawks went to work right at the gun with Chance Martelli coming out of the blocks on that first leg of the 4×400 relay. Another winning performance as CL moved McDonough up for that 2nd leg to make room for Boehm, who would take the anchor leg.
“I was going to get this right,” Martelli said sagely. “I was nervous but I was not going to let any one pass me on my leg…I just told myself that I was not stopping and I was going to just keep the lead.”
McDonough was nails last week taking the baton and holding off the advances for the Billies and on this night, Martelli had stretched out a decent advantage for that 1st hand-off.
“Just another day,” McDonough said after a busy night. On what he was thinking after he took the baton, “I have got to increase the lead but I knew that Les (Boehm) would have my back.”
The lead stayed in place for Jesse Sarmiento and the thrills were evident as Freddie had made up the difference and a virtual tie going into a final round of exhaustive energy. FHS took the lead immediately after the hand-offs and Boehm went into 2nd place for the curve and then made his move on the first straight a way.
CL had 4 Seniors on this evening and two of those, McDonough and Boehm are 2nd & 3rd on the All-Time points list. That shows experience and a trust in knowing what can be done and how to use those many previous times on the track.
“I just realized that all those times I have been running and I wanted to break that 50 second mark,” Boehm stated after being asked why he passed the Billies runner that early in the lap. “I was just going to run all out and I had run the race just like that before and I knew I could make it”…..On what he was running on going into that final stretch, “You know that they (the other runners) are right behind you….and so I can hear the people in the crowd and I just have to keep on going as it becomes all mental to the finish.”
That last straight a way was nip and tuck for the whole race when Boehm pulled it out over Wimberley after they took out Freddie. This time a new school record that should instill a booster shot with another chance of advancing to Austin.
A close race that separated the top 3 schools in this area by just .41 seconds, in a win for your Canyon Lake Hawks.
“Two weeks in a row, coming down to the mile relay,” Head Coach Troy Moses said with a sigh of relief. “I thought he (Martelli) blew them out of the water.”….Moses said when asked on having the lead after the first lap. “We talk strategy all the time on when to make the right move and I thought that Les (Boehm) made his move too early, but it turned out to be the right move.”
Canyon Lake 3:24.18 Wimberley 3:24.29 Fredericksburg 3:24.59
Way to Go both for the, Boys and Girls, and Congrats on a memorable season!!
Region Qualifiers Boys Girls Camien McDonough 110 & 300 hurdles, Skylar Hurst 200 & 400 meter triple jump high jump 4x400 relay triple jump 4x400 relay Lester Boehm 100 meter, 4x200 relay Audrey Schulze 200 & 400 relay 4x400 relay 400 meter dash Greyson Lee 4x100 & 4x200 relay Madison Churbe 4x200 relay Connor Rose 4x100 & 4x200 relay Alyssa Strickland 100 meter hurdles Matt Bell 800 meter run Alysha Perez 4x200 relay Jesse Sarmiento 4x400 relay Hailey Overstreet 4x200 relay Jacob Foster shot put Natalie McCoy 4x400 relay Will Hillenbrand pole vault Sierra Natal 4x400 relay Landry Moore 4x100 relay Jade Lawless discus Joseph Ruiz 4x100 relay Landry Brown high jump Arthur Cardoso 4x200 relay Chance Martelli 4x400 relay AREA TRACK MEET RESULTS Boys Girls CANYON LAKE 108 Fredericksburg 153 Wimberley 102 Wimberley 127 Fredericksburg 94 CANYON LAKE 79 Navarro 85 La Vernia 71 Bandera 79 Boerne 59 Boerne 55 Bandera 58 La Vernia 34 Gonzales 46 Gonzales 31 Navarro 22 Hondo 23 Hondo 6 Eastside Memorial 8 INDIVIDUAL HAWK SCORING Caimen McDonough 39 Skylar Hurst 25 Lester Boehm 17 Audrey Schulze 10 Chance Martelli 7 Alyssa Strickland 8 Jacob Foster 6 Madison Churbe 7.5 Greyson Lee 6 Jade Lawless 6 Connor Rose 6 Landry Brown 6 Jesse Sarmiento 5 Alysha Perez 3.5 Will Hillenbrand 4 Hailey Overstreet 3.5 Matt Bell 4 Natalie McCoy 3 Arthur Cardoso 4 Sierra Natal 3 Nic Rivera 3 Lainee Moses 1.5 Seth Titzman 2 Amber Leach 1.0 Joseph Ruiz 2 Landry Moore 2 Ross Snowden 1 HAWK AREA MEET SCORERS Boys Girls 100 meters Lester Boehm 10.95 2nd Alysha Perez 13.15 7th 200 meters Skylar Hurst 26.73 3rd Madison Churbe 26.84 5th 400 meters Chance Martelli 52.08 5th Skylar Hurst 59.00 2nd Audrey Schulze 60.80 4th 800 meters Matt Bell 2:07.48 4th Seth Titzman 2:08.46 5th 110/100 meter hurdles Caimen McDonough 15.42 4th Alyssa Strickland 15.19 2nd Nic Rivera 15.96 6th 300 meter hurdles Caimen McDonough 39.61 1st Lainee Moses 49.74 6th Nic Rivera 41.05 5th 4x100 meter relay 44.18 4th 51.60 6th Joseph Ruiz Landry Moore Hailey Overstreet Alysha Perez Connor Rose Greyson Lee Lainee Moses Madison Churbe 4x200 meter relay 1:30.29 2nd 1:48.27 3rd Arthur Cardoso Greyson Lee Hailey Overstreet Alysha Perez Connor Rose Lester Boehm Audrey Schulze Madison Churbe 4x400 meter relay 3:24.18 1st 4:08.52 3rd Chance Martelli Caimen McDonough Audrey Schulze Natalie McCoy Jesse Sarmiento Lester Boehm Sierra Natal Skylar Hurst shot put Jacob Foster 44-00.00 4th Ross Snowden 42-04.00 6th discus Jacob Foster 127-00.00 5th Jade Lawless 101-05.00 3rd Joseph Crisp 118-03.50 8th high jump Caimen McDonough 6-02 1st Landry Brown 5-00.00 3rd pole vault Will Hillenbrand 12-06 4th Amber Leach 8-06.00 6th long jump Madison Churbe 16-05.00 5th triple jump Caimen McDonough 43-08 1st Skylar Hurst 36-00.75 2nd Audrey Schulze 32-11.50 8th