SAN ANTONIO— Faith Academy of Marble Falls made its first appearance at the District 3 Class 3A track-and-field meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools on April 21.
The Lady Flames finished second in the team standings out of 10 teams with 128 points, while the Flames were fifth out of 11 squads with 54 points.
“This was a good start for us at the 3A level,” head coach Steve McCannon said. “The girls were able to finish runner-up, which believe it or not, is better than last year’s third place. … Priority number one at a district meet is qualifying for the regional meet. On the girls side, we qualified enough to give ourselves a chance to win region.”
McCannon said the Flames have had challenges based on enrollment and interest. Some athletes are playing baseball, which the school began this spring, and are still on the track-and-field team. Those commitments have created obstacles for workouts that have affected relay teams simply because boys are splitting time between track and baseball practices.
“On the guys side, we were able to get two of three relays out, two open running events and three field events,” he said. “Last year, the guys only qualified one relay, so this was a huge improvement. I hope this momentum spills over into the fall sports and the classroom. Last year’s guys team was a disappointment, and this year’s team has really turned it around. I am really proud of them.”
Girls — 100: 5, Gabby Sorderlet, 13.88; 400: 2, Sierra Brinkley, 65.15; 6, Kristina Lane, 67.17; 800: 1, Sophie McCannon, 2:23.02 (new school record); 1,600: 1, Sophie McCannon, 5:29.54; 3,200: 1, Sophie McCannon, 11:59.85 (new school record); 100 hurdles: 4, Hailey Shipley, 17.60; 400 relay: 2, Faith (Sierra Brinkley, Gabby Sordelet, Rachel Ormsby, Brandi Kuhlmann), 53.79; 800 relay: 2, Faith (Christina Lykken, Gabby Sordelet, Rachel Ormsby, Brandi Kuhlmann), 1:54.81; 1,600 relay: 1, Faith (Christina Lykken, Rachel Ormsby, Brandi Kuhlmann, Sierra Brinkley), 4:25.62; high jump: 1, Hailey Shipley, 5-0; long jump: 2, Hailey Shipley, 15-11 1/2, 3, Sierra Brinkley, 15-9; triple jump: 3, Hailey Shipley, 32-3; shot put: 6, Alisha Williams, 27-7 1/2
QUOTABLE:“Our seniors did a good job of getting the stick around and qualifying, but we need to get to another level. I know they can do it. We traditionally have peaked at region and state, and that will be key to not only qualifying but contending. The relays from the north are strong, and we will need to beat our school records to have a chance. It’s that simple and the beauty of track (is) this sport always asks for more than you think you have. Track is not movies and popcorn,” head coach Steve McCannon said.
RECORDS: Sophie McCannon in the 800 and 3,200 meters
UP NEXT: Regional meet April 30 at Bastrop Memorial Stadium, 155 Texas 21 West in Cedar Creek