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Flames set new personal bests at Bandera

MARBLE FALLS — Solid showings at the recent Bandera Track Meet has Faith Academy boys track coach John Berkman very happy.

“It was a very competitive meet as far as athletes,” he said.

Two teams from San Antonio private schools pushed the Flames during the event, Berkman said.

“We did not back down,” he said.

That was the case in the pole vault where freshman Jake Diamond set a new personal best by clearing 9 feet 6 inches.

Another freshman, Jason Byrd, cleared 5-8 on the high jump for a new personal best. He set a mark of 33-8 in the triple jump and 18-6 in the long jump.

The 4×200-meter relay team of freshman Brian Freeman, senior Will Ship, junior Dylan Robichaux and Byrd was fourth with one minute and 38.25 seconds.

“We ran our best time and were a half second faster in the finals than the preliminaries,” Berkman said. “It was good.”

Sophomore Casey Clendennen completed the 400 meters in 62.19 seconds and the 800 meters in 2:23.

Junior Travis Roeder finished the varsity 800 in 2:30 and the junior varsity 400 in 61.25 seconds.

Freshman Seth McAnally completed the varsity 800 in 2:35 and the junior varsity 400 in 63.42 seconds.

Junior Cyle Earwood ran the 100 in 12.38 seconds and the junior varsity 200 in 27.5.

Senior Will Shipp finished the 200 in 23.84, while Freeman was done in 24.84.

Junior Zach McAnally ran the 300 hurdles in 48.69 seconds.

Freeman marked 34-6 in the triple jump.

The 4×100 relay team of Shipp, Diamond, Freeman and Byrd completed the race in 46.97 seconds.

The 4×400 relay team of Robichaux, Clendennen, Diamond and Byrd was done in 3:53.60.

Robichaux placed seventh in the shot put. Shipp was eighth in the discus.

Berkman said he was pleased with the number of athletes on the team and their willingness to compete, he said.

“A couple of times, some don’t want to be taken out of events,” he said. “They’re working that much more to get better.”

Of course, the coach makes sure they know the expectation is to get better with each meet.

“They’re getting after everybody,” he said. “That’s a great sign for our team.”