HALLETSVILLE — The last event of the regional track-and-field meet crowned the team champion April 26. Forget that the Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls squad already won the 400-meter and 800-meter relays.
The 1,600-meter relay would decide the final point total — and give the Lady Flames the championship in the Class 2A Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools event.
“We changed our relay lineup to have our senior Juliette Fisher anchor us in for the win,” Faith head coach Steve McCannon said. “For a track coach, that is as good as it gets – a senior has the stick when it’s all on the line.”
Fisher didn’t disappoint as she crossed the finish line for the victory, giving the Lady Flames 107 points to edge Austin Hill Country’s 103.
“In Texas track, winning all the relays solves most of life’s problems,” McCannon said. “Those 60 points were big and really created the momentum.”
He credited every member of the relay teams for their efforts. They are Sierra Brinkley, Gabby Sordelet, Rachel Ormsby and Fisher.
The reason the 1,600-meter relay team was in position to win was because Sophie McCannon won the 1,600 meters and set a new school record. She did the same in the 3,200 meters.
“Sophie is peaking at the right time,” said McCannon, who also is her father. “She controlled both races and has put herself in position to win multiple title and lead our team to the podium. Sophie is willing to sacrifice and do what it takes to be a champion.”
QUOTABLE: “I am extremely proud of these girls for competing and being ready when it counts. We scored almost 30 points more than what we were seeded. For the first time in school history, we won region without winning district,“ Faith Academy head coach Steve McCannon said.
UP NEXT: May 2-3, Class 2A state track-and-field meet at Hart-Patterson Sports Complex, 300 S. 32nd St. at Baylor University in Waco