Lady Lions gear up for district
By LPR Staff
While the District 17-4A championships loom on the horizon, the Lady Lion track teams are still fighting to secure their place in Texas track and field. After competing in last weekend”s Llano Jacket Relays, both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Lady Lions have come away with individual successes, but team struggles.
pite several strong finishes, including a number of gold- and silver-medal performances, the Varsity Lady Lions collected only 59 team points for a fifth place overall finish.
Champion hurler Gabby Galvan secured her position as a power player for the Lady Lions. She struck gold in the shot put with a mark of 37″04″. She placed second in the discus, with a final throw of 121″03″.
Hurdler Desiree Roland also made a gold contribution to the Lady Lions” efforts, completing the 110-meter hurdles in 16.3 to win.
Sprinter Sacora Manning also gave a power performance, placing first in the 100-meter with a time of 13.1.
The 400-meter relay team comprised of Isis Johnson, Cassie Arredondo, Manning and Alexandria Carter placed second, clocking a total time of 52.58.
The other placing relay team, Manning, Carter, Johnson and Samantha Cowan, earned sixth place in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:53.8.
Although they earned fewer gold medals, the JV Lady Lions gave a solid enough performance to earn 91.5 team points and an overall third place finish.
The team”s only first-place finish came in the 110-meter hurdles, which Elizabeth Thomas dominated in 17.9. Teammate Kami Schnautz placed fifth in the race, with a finishing time of 19.7.
Schnautz also placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, with a final time of 56.2.
Sprinter Essence Thompson placed fourth in the 100-meter with a time of 13.7.
Karsyn Stark earned a bronze medal in the 1,600-meter run, completing the course in 6:20.4. Other distance runners, Elizabeth Browning and Mercedes Gutierrez, both earned sixth place in their races: Browning, with a time of 14:46 in the 3,200-meter run, and Gutierrez with a time of 2:46.7 in the 800.
The 400-meter relay team made up of Michelle Juarez, Bradie Bartsch, Thompson and Carissa Adair placed second, with a total time of 55.3.
Natalie Carter teamed with Adair, Juarez and Kristian Hawkins to earn a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter relay in 2:03.5.
Chanti Cyphers, Carter, Hawkins and Gutierrez placed fourth in the 1,600-meter relay.
On the field, the JV Lady Lions gave consistent performances, as well.
Thompson placed second in the long jump, with a final mark of 14″03″. Thomas placed fourth at 13″05″, and Bartsch rounded out scoring in sixth place with a 13″02″ jump.
Adair and Thomas placed second and fourth respectively in the triple jump. Adair hit a mark of 29″047″, and Thomas”s attempted measured 28″08″.
Finally, Gwen Sanders placed sixth in the shot put, with a mark of 25″11″.
The Lady Lions will travel to New Braunfels on Thursday, April 1 to participate in the Canyon Cougar Relays, and will compete in the District 17-4A Meet on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15 at Elgin High School.