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Faith boys track team, several Lady Flames advance to state meet

Faith Academy of Marble Falls track and field

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys track team won the team championship at the Class 2A South Regional Meet on April 23. The Lady Flames were fifth. Courtesy photo

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls boys track-and-field team won the Class 2A South Regional meet April 23, besting favorite Shiner St. Paul by 210 points to 167.

“It was a statement win,” said Faith head coach Steve McCannon. “It’s all about being prepared and ready at the right time.”

With the win, the Flames advance to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 2A state meet, which is Friday, April 30, at Panther Stadium on the Waco Midway campus, 8200 Mars Drive in Waco. 

The Lady Flames also performed well at the regional meet, finishing fifth overall with 81 points and just missing fourth place by 1½ points. The Lady Flames squad has one senior, Molly Murphy; most of the girls are freshmen and sophomores.

“Many of them have never done track before,” McCannon said. “I’m extremely proud of the girls. None were on the team when we won district in 2019. We started the season with a clean slate.”

The 2020 track season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individually on the boys side, seniors Gus Henry and Tyler Kwan had five medals each. Henry was named the Athlete of the Meet. 

“It’s a really complete team,” McCannon said. “We had a lot of others step up, and they do heavy lifting. They really gelled throughout the season. Our big event was field events. We got that train out, and there was no stopping it. We let it be dominant.”

While the girls didn’t advance as a team, several Lady Flames qualified for the state meet in different events. Murphy advanced in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, Kara Kwan in the 200 meters and triple jump, and Claire Pogue and Kaitlyn Wood both in the pole vault.  

While winning is great, that’s not what fuels McCannon.  

“What’s exciting to me is the response and the willingness (of the athletes) to rise to the expectations,” he said. 

Tickets for the state meet are $15 and must be purchased through TAPPS Tickets


(Top four in each event advance to state)

Faith boys 

100 – 2, Luke Ehrig, 11.37; 800 – 2, Case Coleman, 2:06.09; 3, Grayson Poage, 2:07.45; 1,600 – 3, Grayson Poage, 4:58.48; 3,200 – 8, Connor Turrentine, 12:29.09; 110 hurdles – 1, Gus Henry, 15.04; 300 hurdles – 1, Tyler Kwan, 41.73, 4, Brendan Thames, 43.57; 4×100 relay – 3, Faith Academy (Cross Sanchez, Ben Martin, Cody Owens, Brendan Thames), 46.61; 4×200 relay – 1, Faith Academy (Brendan Thames, Ben Martin, Case Coleman, Luke Ehrig), 1:34; 4×400 relay – 1, Faith Academy (Case Coleman, Luke Ehrig, Tyle Kwan Cody Owens), 3:35.60; triple jump – 1, Tyler Kwan, 41-7.75, 2, Grayson Poage, 41-00, 3, Case Coleman, 40-6.75; shot put – 1, Gus Henry, 43-02; long jump – 1, Gus Henry, 22-8.5, 3, Tyler Kwan, 20-7.5; high jump – 1, Tyler Kwan, 6-2, 2, Gus Henry, 6-2, 4, Ben Martin, 6-4; discus – 6, Grayson Poage, 100-04, 8, Cody Owens, 98-08

Faith girls

200 – 3, Kara Kwan, 28.71; 400 – 6, Charlee Ehrig, 1:11.68; 800 – 5, Claire Poage, 2:47.22, 8, Audri Poage, 3:11.50: 1,600 – 4, Molly Murphy, 6:07; 110 hurdles – 7, Hannidy Shipley, 20.99, 8, Avery Meredith, 23.50; 300 hurdles – 7, Hannidy Shipley, 57.05, 8, Avery Meredith, 1.06.57; 3,200 – 3, Molly Murphy, 12:23.55; 4×100 relay – 8, Faith Academy (Gloria Merlick, Avery Meredith, Kaitlyn Wood, Elleson Lemberg), 1:01.66; 4×200 relay – 6, Faith Academy (Hannidy Shipley, Kara Kwan, Kaityln Wood, Charlee Ehrig),2:03.11; 4×400 relay – 6, Faith Academy (Charlee Ehrig, Kara Kwan, Audri Poage, Claire Poage),  4:49.92; high jump – 5, Hannidy Shipley, 4-4; long jump – 5, Kara Kwan, 14-10; pole vault – 1, Claire Poage, 7-0, 3, Kaitlyn Wood, 6-6; triple jump – 3, Kara Kwan, 32-00