Bulldogs medal at Bandera early season relays
By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer
LadyBulldog Varsity Track members Maddie Brzezinski, Sandy Clarkin, Morgan Gross, Alex Bauml, Kaitlin Rodriguez, Peyton Mooney, Lindsay Brown, Caitlyn Thrasher and Salma Gutierrez helped Bandera finish fourth at the Bandera Bulldog High School Early Season Relays.
Bandera hosted the Bandera Bulldog High School Early Season Relays on March 8, with a multitude of individual medals earned by Bulldog and LadyBulldogs in track and field competitions.
“The LadyBulldogs found scoring team points at the Bandera Relays somewhat easier than at the previous first three invitational meets of the 2017 track and field season,” Head Girls Track Coach Steve Golemon said.
The Varsity scored 99 team points, finishing fourth and 17 points behind District 28-AAAA rival Canyon Lake.
The LadyBulldog Junior Varsity finished third behind Canyon Lake and Hondo. Bandera’s JV was divided into three teams, with one team scoring 88.5 points and the "Blue" team scoring 22 points.
“The total of 110.5 for the two teams would have moved the LadyBulldog JV ahead of second place Hondo by 10.5 points,” Golemon said.
Overall, Golemon was pleased to carry a full roster for the meet, outscoring the previous meets.
“The massive increase in point total over the previous three invitational meets was largely the result of having nearly every member of our track and and field team available to compete for the first time during the 2017 track and field season,” Golemon said.
Placing in the top six in individual events for the LadyBulldog Varsity were senior Alex Bauml(1st pole vault at 8-0, 2nd 100 meter hurdles in 17.90, 4th long jump at 15-1.5, and 6th 300 meter hurdles in 52.01), junior Sandy Clarkin (1st 800 meter in 2:21.62 and 2nd 400 meter in 62.03), senior Peyton Mooney (1st high jump at 5-0), sophomore Ashlyn Persyn (2nd 3200 meter in 12:30.15 andd 5th 1600 meter in 5:51.64), senior Morgan Gross (3rd shot put at 31-0 and 6th discus at 91-3), freshman Caitlyn Thrasher (3rd 3200 meter in 12:35.67), junior Alia Henderson (4th 800 meter in 2:26.81), freshman Jordan Edwards (5th 3200 meter inn 12:46.90, and freshman Emy Jauer (5th discus at 93-5.5). The 4X100M relay made up of sophomore junior Madison Brzezinski, Lindsay Brown, junior Dreanna Hernandez, and senior Alex Bauml finished 4th in 52.71, while the 4X200M relay of junior Madison Brzezinski, sophomore Lindsay Brown, junior Dreanna Hernandez, and senior Peyton Mooney ran 1:54.73 to finish 6th. In the 4X400M relay of sophomore Salma Gutierrez, junior Sandy Clarkin, junior Alia Henderson, and sophomore Mattie Morrison finished 4th with a time of 4:25.56.
Placing in top six in individual events for LadyBulldog JV were junior Isabella Byrd (1st in the discus at 80-9.25 and 4th shot put at 27-5.5), freshman Alena Swan (2nd triple jump at 29-9.75), sophomore Mary Alvey (tie 2nd pole vault at 6-6 and 2nd 400 meter in 68.28), freshman Carson Brzezinski (2nd 800 meter in 2:45.76), freshman Fiona Waid (tie 2nd pole vault at 6-6), sophomore Heather Dickeson (3rd triple jump at 29-5.75 and 5th 300 meter hurdles in 55.75), junior Patricia Gembler (5th 200 meter in 29.99), and freshman Penelope Garcia (6th 400 meter in 71.78). The 4X100M relay of freshman Madison Chelin, sophomore Mary Alvey, junior Patricia Gembler, and freshman Alena Swan ran 57.16 to finish 6th, while the 4X200Mr relay of freshman Madison Chelin, sophomore Heather Dickeson, junior Patricia Gembler, and freshman Alena Swan finished 6th in 2:01.93. The 4X400M relay team made up of freshman Alena Swan, sophomore Mary Alvey, freshman Fiona Waid, and Penelope Garcia ran 4:38.60 and finished 2nd.
The members of the LadyBulldog JV "Blue" team who placed 6th or better individually were sophomore Jazlynn Lewis (2nd shot put at 31-0.5), junior Abbey Busby (3rd discus at 74-9), and Grace Lovett (4th 800 meter in 2:53.26). The Lady Bulldog JV "Blue" 4X200M relay team of freshman Caitlin Watson, junior Ally Elkins, freshman Kristin Salas, and Elizabeth Lopez finished 5th with a time of 2:05.06.
Bulldog Varsity and JVResults
Bandera Varsity Boys celebrated many individual medals including Zach Markgraf (2nd in 300M Hurdles with 42.43), Isaac Bourg (5th in 200M with 24.21), Tommy Cardenas (6th in 200M with 24.22), Wade Brosz (5th in Triple Jump with 39’2.5”), Josh Jauer (5th in Discus with 118’9.25”), Jason Mayhew (3rd in Shot Put with 40’8”).
Bulldog Varsity also placed 3rd in the 4X100M Relay with a time of 44.83, 4th in the 4X200M Relay with a time of 1:34.23, and 3rd in the 4X400M Relay with a time of 3:36.22. (Individual names on relays were not reported.)
Scoring points and earning medals on Bulldog Junior Varsity were Chase Havely (6th in 200M with 24.87), Michael Nevarez (3rd in Long Jump with 18’1”), Dimitri Garcia (4th in Long Jump with 17’9.75”), Zach Brakebill (5th in Long Jump with 17’6.5”).
During Spring Break, the Bandera travels to George West on Saturday, March 18, to compete in the George West Longhorn Relays, which will begin with Varsity field events and JV running events at 9:00am.
“Although a number of the LadyBulldogs will not be available for this invitational track and field meet, it is anticipated that we will continue to improve,” Golemon said.
After the George West Longhorn Relays, the Bandera Bulldogs and LadyBulldogs will only have two more high school invitational track and field meets, which will be the Bandera Bulldog Late Season Relays on Saturday, March 25 and the Bandera Bulldog Pre-District Relays on Friday, March 31.