LadyBulldogs dominate at Bandera
By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer
BCC Staff Photo by Judi Chessir
LadyBulldog Lindsay Brown
Bandera LadyBulldog Track took top honors winning both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the 2017 Bandera Bulldog Pre-District Relays on Friday, March 31.
“Although both the Varsity and Junior Varsity were split into multiple teams, it was the first time since the 2008 track and field season for either or both the Varsity or JV to score over 200 points at a track and field meet, as the Varsity finished with 260 points, while the JV finished with 237 points,” Head Girls Track Coach Steve Golemon said.
In addition, the LadyDogs’ Varsity Blue team scored 36 points to finish fourth and the JV Blue team scored 79 points to finish third, while the JV White team scored 18 points and finished fifth and the JV Silver team finished sixth with ten points. “When points are combined the two LadyBulldog varsity teams had a total of 296 points, and the four junior varsity teams had a combined total of 344 points,” Golemon said.
Golemon noted another first ever for the LadyBulldog history books.
“In the varsity division, junior Sandy Clarkin became the first Bandera High School runner to ever win three individual lap races as she scored 30 individual points by winning the 3200M (12:22.19), the 400M (62.83), and the 1600M (5:32.93),” Golemon said. “Not to be outdone in terms of points was senior Alex Bauml who finished first in the 100M hurdles (17.49), second in the long jump (15-2.75), the pole vault (7-6) and 300M hurdles (51.62), plus ran the anchor leg on the first place 4X400M relay for a total of 39 points.”
Other members of the 4X400M relay, which recorded its best time of the year (4:19.22), were sophomore Salma Gutierrez, junior Alia Henderson and junior Dreanna Hernandez.
Senior Morgan Gross finished the meet with a total of 31 points as a result of finishing first in both the discus (97-6) and the shot Put (32-5), fifth in the 100M dash, running the opening leg on both the first place 4X100M relay, and the second place 4X200M relay.
The other three members of both of the 4X100M (53.77) and the 4X200M (1:54.72) relays were sophomore Lindsay Brown, Hernandez, and senior Presli Mooney.
Brown just missed scoring 30 points, as she accumulated 29 points by finishing first in the long jump (15-3) and 100M (13.71).
As a result of finishing third in the triple jump (28-9), fifth in the long jump (13-8.25), and being the third leg on all three relays, Hernandez scored 22 points, while Peyton Mooney finished second in the high jump (5-0) and the 200M (29.92) to finish with 25 points.
In addition to running the second leg on the winning 4X400M relay, Henderson won the 800M (2:29.57) and finished second in the 400M (65.89) for a total of 23 points. Gutierrez, the first leg of the 4X400M relay, accumulated 17 points by finishing second in the 800M (2:33.42) and fourth in the 300M hurdles (51.62).
Sophomore Ashlyn Persyn scored 12 points by finishing third in both the 3200M (12:29.93) and the 1600M (5:55.64), while freshman Caitlyn Trasher scored 12 points by finishing fourth in the 3200M (12:46.32), the 800M (2:45.03), and the 1600M (6:00.61).
Fellow freshman, Jordan Edwards, finished fifth in the 3200M (13:27.00), the 400M (70.65) and the 1600M (6:07.13). Freshman Alena Swan placed second in the triple jump (29-0.5) and sixth in the 400M (71.06). Penelope Garcia finished fifth in the 300M hurdles (53.56), and sixth in the 200M (30.86).
The blue team of Alena Swan, Penlope Garcia and sophomore Mattie Morrison, who placed fourth in the high jump (4-6), along with junior Patricia Gembler, who was fourth in the 400M (68.58), finished fourth in the 4X400M relay (4:46.33).
Freshman Emy Jauer finished second in the discus (89-7) and sixth in the shot put (24-0.5), while junior Isabella Byrd finished third in the discus (86-1) and fourth in the shot put (28-3). Finishing sixth in the 100M hurdles was senior McKenzie Owens with a time of 18.76.
The 2017 District 28-4A Track and Field Meet is on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6. On Wednesday, April 5, all field events will be held starting at 9:45 am, followed by the running preliminaries at 5:30 pm and will end with 3200M final at 7:40 pm. On Thursday, April 6, the other running finals start at 5:30 pm.