TROY — The Faith Academy Lady Flames track team captured three event first places March 6 at the Troy Track and Field Invitational on the way to finishing second in overall standings.
“I am extremely pleased with the results,” said coach Steve McCannon. “This was a large, competitive meet with 21 teams, so finishing second is outstanding.”
The Lady Flames finished eighth Feb. 20 at the Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary Meet, which featured several larger public schools, including Fredericksburg, San Angelo Central, Hutto and Marble Falls.
The next meet is Friday at Florence High School.
In Troy, Lady Flames Tori Diamond, a senior, and Kendra Field, a senior, earned gold medals in three individual competitions. Field took first in the shot put (33 feet and 3 inches) and discus (116-2) while Diamond finished first in the 100-meter hurdles (15.91 seconds).
“Tori Diamond dropped her time by 1.5 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, which is a huge drop,” McCannon said. “Tori looked dominating and has started the season with confidence.”
The Field sisters — Kendra and Brooke, a sophomore — are demonstrating their strength, coincidentally, in two field events. The Fields went first and second in the discus, with Brooke Field making a toss of 113-0 — just 3-2 off her sister’s mark.
Brooke Field took sixth in the shot put, with a throw of 29-7.
“This was their first meet of the season — they’ll get better each week,” McCannon said.
Other top finishers included Bailey Brinkley (second in 400-meter run, third in 200-meter dash and third in high jump), Lykken (third in 800-meter run and fourth in the triple jump). Diamond also finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles.
The three relay teams each earned sixth place in their competitions. The 4×100 team included Kendra Field, freshmen Kylie Cozby, Molly Marrs and Kentlee Cozby. The 4×200 team included Lykken, Kendra Field, Diamond and Kentlee Cozby. The 4×400 squad included Brinkley, Brooke Field, Lykken and Kentlee Cozby.
With so many of the girls competing in both field and running events, McCannon follows a “hard-easy” approach to track practices. On one day, the girls focus on running with the next being more field-event driven.
McCannon and the girls set long-term goals but also two weeks out. This gives him and the team the ability to monitor progress and re-evaluate training and strategies.
The ultimate aim is making the state meet May 7-8 at Baylor University. Between now and then, the Lady Flames have several other events, including the district meet April 22 and the regional meet April 29.
“The idea is you want to peak for state, but in some events our district is very competitive and probably the strongest competition we’ll face,” McCannon said. “So in those events, we have to peak at district if we expect to advance. So we have to be flexible in our goals and practices.”