MARBLE FALLS — With the district track meet only a few weeks away, Faith Academy’s Lady Flames are pushing themselves both in competition and in practice.
Coach Stephen McCannon said the girls don’t see track as a series of individual events.
“We are starting to come together as a team,” he said. “The freshmen are realizing what it takes to really compete and use some guts. We must be comfortable with being uncomfortable and pushing our limits.”
The Lady Flames aren’t afraid to mix it up with larger squads, either. On March 27, the team competed in the Bandera Relays against several programs from 1A to 4A public schools. And while the Lady Flames finished sixth, McCannon said it was a good learning experience for the team.
“The meet also had prelims, so the overall strategy was different than what we were used to,” he said. “We actually led the meet until the running finals started.”
The Lady Flames found themselves struggling as the relays got under way. McCannon said the relay events can really make or break team standings.
McCannon said the girls should be prepared for that situation during the next meet April 10 at Round Rock Christian.
“We need to use the domino effect from morning (typically field) events to spur us on into the afternoon,” he said.
In the field events at Bandera, sisters Kendra and Brooke Field placed first and second respectively in the discus. And Kendra Field also nailed down second in the shot put.
“They are both throwing consistently and are well ahead of where they were last year,” McCannon said.
The coach also challenged his long jumpers.
“I insisted that we get all three girls over 15 feet and they responded by competing and really attacked in the finals,” he said.
Laura Lykken finished second with teammate Bailey Brinkley coming in third. Both girls recorded jumps of 15 feet and nine inches. Kentlee Cozby earned third with a jump of 15 feet and five inches.
“We need to get focused on the horizontal jumps and be ready for district,” McCannon said. “That could be the difference when it is all said and done.”
Though the team didn’t finish in one of the top three positions, McCannon said the goal right now is getting ready for the big meets down the road.
“We were able to check off several boxes at Bandera of what we needed to accomplish,” he said. “We are beginning to fine-tune for district, region and state. We have work to do, but we are tracking well.”