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Faith Academy girls track sets school records at Liberty Hill meet

Members of the Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls sprint-medley relay team include Christina Lykken (left), Rachel Ormsby, head coach Steve McCannon, Sophie McCannon and Hanna Darwin. Courtesy photo


LIBERTY HILL — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls track team competed at the Panther Relays on Feb. 15, its first of 2014.

The Lady Flames earned 41 points in the varsity division and 22 points in the junior varsity division. Both teams finished in seventh place.

Still, the varsity set two new school records in the distance-medley relay and the sprint-medley relay.

Hana Darwin, Rachel Ormsby, Christina Lykken and Sophie McCannon are members of the sprint relay team. The old record was set in 2011.

“The sprint medley was a big win,” Faith head coach Steve McCannon said. “Christina ran a personal best in the 400 leg and gave Sophie the baton in a position where she could close it out. They really ran as a team and ran our goal time right on the number.”

The distance-medley team of Lykken, Paloma Ortiz, Ormsby and McCannon went from last to second to last and finished in second place. The old record was set in 2006.

“I was really proud of Rachel running a strong 800,” the coach said. “It was her first time to run it, and she really showed her moxie. Great race and huge confidence booster. I knew the school record was gone when I saw the seven teams line up for the race.”

RESULTS: Varsity — triple jump – 6, Hailey Shipley, 30-0; high jump – 5, Hailey Shipley, 4-6; 4×100-meter relay – 6, Faith (Shipley, Hanna Darwin, Gabby Sordelet, Alisha Williams), 57.51; distance-medley relay – 2, Faith (Christina Lykken, Paloma Ortiz, Rachel Ormsby, Sophie McCannon), 13:58.99 (new school record); sprint-medley relay – 1, Faith (Darwin, Ormsby, Lykken, McCannon), 4:40.11 (new school record). Junior varsity — 300 hurdles – 5, Valerie Moses; 4×200-meter relay – 4, Faith (Laura Benac, Danyelle Morris, Jessica Beckner, Gabby Sordelet), 2:03.64; sprint-medley relay – 3, Faith (Laura Benac, Danyelle Morris, Paloma Ortiz, Jessica Beckner), 5:13.81

QUOTABLE: “We have work to do. I am proud of the girls for competing against tough competition with limited handoff practice/field event practice due to weather and other sports. That kind of attitude will win championships. You can’t win state in February,” Faith Academy head coach Steve McCannon said.

UP NEXT: March 1, Trojans Relays at Troy High School, 205 N. Waco Road in Troy