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Faith girls keep rolling to state track meet

HALLETTSVILLE — After falling behind in the overall standings after the field events April 29 at the regional track and field meet, the Faith Academy Lady Flames finished first  in team rankings by a 32-point margin.

Faith turned up the heat and earned 116 points compared to Shiner St. Paul’s second-place effort of 84 points. Hallettsville Sacred Heart finished third with 77 points.

Coach Steve McCannon said the competition at this year’s regional meet was much tougher.

Along with capturing team honors, Faith Academy qualified seven girls for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state track meet Friday and Saturday at Baylor University in Waco.

“I’m pretty fired up for state,” McCannon said. “I think we are peaking at the right time. Good teams get ready for when it counts.”

Kendra Field once again demonstrated her domination in the shot put and discus competitions, earning first in both events. She set a new personal best by two feet in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet.

Along with the two field events, Field advanced to the state meet as part of the three relay teams. She even pulled out a personal best on her leg of the 4×400, McCannon said.

“She has a chance to do big things at state,” he said.

Her sister Brooke Field also earned a spot in the state meet with her second-place finish in the discus. She tossed the disc 103 feet and seven inches. She finished sixth in the shot put, but only the top six in each event advance.

Faith Academy’s three relay teams made a big statement at the regional meet, taking two gold medals and a bronze.

“The relays will decide the state championship this year,” McCannon said. “It will be exciting. The meet should come down to the (4×400).”

The Lady Flames 4×400 squad — Kristyn Stagner, Kendra Field, Laura Lykken and Bailey Brinkley — finished first in a time of four minutes and 24.22 seconds. In the 4×200-meter relay, the team of Stagner, Field, Kentlee Cozby and Lykken earned gold with a time of one minute and 52.29 seconds.

The 4×100-meter relay of Stagner, Field, Cozby and Tori Diamond finished third in a time of 52.99 seconds.

“Our relays continue to lower their times,” McCannon said. “We should be in contention in all three relays.”

Along with earning a spot in the state meet as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team, Diamond earned a fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and a third in the 300-meter hurdles. She’ll also compete in pole vaulting in Waco after finishing second at the regional meet.

“She can be a difference-maker at state,” McCannon said.

Lykken also qualified in the 800-meter race after finishing fourth at Hallettsville with a time of 2:34.95. And Brinkley will also represent Faith Academy at Baylor in the 400-meter race after finishing fourth at the regional competition in a time of 63.63 seconds.

“This will be an exciting state meet and it will be low-scoring, so every place counts,” McCannon said. “Our goal is always to contend for a state championship and we are in position to do just that.”

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