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Faith Academy track athletes headed to state meet May 8-9

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls track athletes who finished second at the Class 3A south regional meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools are Sierra Brinkley (top row, left), Christina Lykken, Brandi Kuhlmann and Hailey Shipley; Rachel Ormsby (second row, left) and Sophie McCannon; head coach Steve McCannon (bottom row, left), assistant coach Mary Nunnally and Gabby Sordelet. Courtesy photo


BASTROP — The Faith Academy of Marble Falls girls track-and-field team finished second at the Class 3A south regional meet at Bastrop Memorial Stadium on April 30.

The Lady Flames scored 95 points. Boerne Geneva won the meet with 125 points.

Our first 3A regional meet at a new facility and new format was very challenging,” Faith head coach Steve McCannon said. “We qualified enough spots to give ourselves a chance at (winning the) state (meet). I am extremely proud of this team and how they competed.”

Faith qualified all three relay teams. The top four finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state meet. One Lady Flame, Hailey Shipley, ran the fastest third-place time at a regional and will compete at the state meet. She was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.47 seconds.

“The seniors relay stepped up on the relays,” McCannon said. “We kept our nine-year streak of having all three relays at state alive and also swept the ‘gut’ events for the first time at regionals.”

The coach defines the gut events as the 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters and the 1,600-meter relay.

Sophie McCannon set a school record in the 800 meters in 2:22.31 and in the 3,200 meters in 11:44.73.

Jonathan Bryer was the only Flame to qualify for the state meet in any event. He was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 38 feet 9 inches. He beat out the fifth-place finisher by 1½ inches.

“Very clutch,” the coach said. “He will be our representative at state for the guys. I think he will throw his best when it really counts.”

McCannon said the competition for the Flames was the best he has seen at a regional meet, noting that Faith’s 1,600-meter relay team that set a school record in 2013 would not have made it to the state meet this year.

“In fact, several of our school records would not have qualified,” he said. “Most of the guys on our team had never even run track before. The boys team came a long way since the beginning of the season. I am really proud of them.”

As Faith prepares for the state meet, McCannon said coaches and athletes realize it won’t get easier.

“The competition is tough, but we are getting tougher,” he said. “We will put it all on the line in Waco. The north region will bring some real firepower in the sprints, and the meet is seeded with five teams within 20 points. I love it. We have a real shot at a title.”

RESULTS: BoysShot put: 4, Jonathan Bryer, 38-9

Girls400: 1, Sierra Brinkley, 1:02.26; 800: 1, Sophie McCannon, 2:22.31 (school record); 1,600: 1, Sophie McCannon, 5:23.84; 3,200: 1, Sophie McCannon, 11:44.73 (school record); 100 hurdles: 5, Hailey Shipley, 17.47 (state qualifier with the fastest third-place time at a regional meet); 400 relay: 2, Faith (Sierra Brinkley, Rachel Ormsby, Gabby Sordelet, Brandi Kuhlmann), 52.60; 800 relay: 4, Faith (Christina Lykken, Rachel Ormsby, Gabby Sordelet, Brandi Kuhlmann), 1:54.17; 1,600 relay: 1, Faith (Brandi Kuhlmann, Rachel Ormsby, Christina Lykken, Sierra Brinkley, 4:18.15; high jump: 4, Hailey Shipley, 4-10; long jump: 6, Sierra Brinkley, 15-7¾; triple jump: 4, Hailey Shipley, 33-2¾

UP NEXT: May 8-9, Class 3A state meet at Baylor University’s Hart-Patterson Sports Complex, 1601 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Waco