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Clarkin grasps two golds on way to State LadyBulldog Track qualifies for Area Meet

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

By Sandy Jennings
BCC Staff Writer

Junior Sandy Clarkin had more than the finish line in her sights as she picked up two District Championships in the 800M Run and the 1600M Run and a silver medal in the 3200M Run at the 2017 UIL District 28-4A Track and Field Meet, held at Fredericksburg High School on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6.
For Clarkin, finishing the 800M Run with her closest competitor, teammate Alia Henderson, four seconds behind, was the first of three steps to the 2017 UIL State Championships where she earned a silver medal in 2016, for her heartfelt performance in the same race.
“Because the UIL rule for lap races changed this year, Sandy was able to compete in three individual lap races and for only the third time in her high school career, Sandy ran the 3200M and the 1600M, and of course, she also ran the 800M which is the event where she finished second at the 2016 U.I.L. State Track and Field Championships,” Head Girls Track Coach Steve Golemon said.
In her 14 total laps around the track, Clarkin managed to break her own records in the 3200M with a time of 11:55.80 and in the1600M with a personal best time of 5:29.51.
“Although the rather young and somewhat inexperienced Varsity LadyBulldogs suffered some adversity and disappointments over the two day period, they still managed to finish third at the 2017 District 28-4A Track and Field Meet,” Golemon said. “More importantly, we were able to advance a total six individuals in field events and seven individuals in running events, plus one relay team to the 2017 District 27-4A/District 28-4A Area Track and Field Meet at Canyon Lake High School on Wednesday, April 19 and possibly Thursday, April 20.”
The exact format for the meet will be determined this week. Check the Bandera ISD website for updated information.
Over the two day period of the District 28-4A Track and Field Meet, the Varsity LadyBulldogs who earned the right to advance to the 2017 District 27-4A/District 28-4A Area Track and Field Meet were senior Alex Bauml, sophomore Lindsay Brown, junior Sandy Clarkin, freshman Penelope Garcia, senior Morgan Gross, sophomore Salma Gutierrez, junior Alia Henderson, junior Dreanna Hernandez, senior Peyton Mooney, sophomore Presli Mooney and sophomore Ashlyn Persyn.
Alex Bauml finished third in the Long Jump at 15’11” and fourth in the Pole Vault at 8’0.” Lindsay Brown had her best day ever in the Long Jump with a jump of 15’11,” also, and captured seond place.
Morgan Gross finished third in Shot Put with 35’02.25,” while Peyton Mooney and Presli Mooney both cleared 5’1” in the High Jump, with Presli finishing second and Peyton finishing third, based on the tie breaker.
Alia Henderson finished second in the 800M with 2:26.46 and fourth in the 400M with 64.24. Salma Gutierrez finished 4th in the 800M with 2:31.86. Both Alia and Salma, along with Dreanna Hernandez and Penelope Garcia, who was an alternate running in place of the ailing Alex Bauml, were members of the fourth place 4X400M Relay, which ran 4:21.21. Ashlyn Persyn finished 4th in the 3200M with a personal best time of 12:04.31.
The Varsity LadyBulldogs earned additional medals in six more individual events and two relays. Bauml finished fifth in the 300M Hurdles with 50.48 and sixth in 100M Hurdles at 17.71, while fellow senior Morgan Gross finished 5th in the Discus with 90’04.”
Caitlyn Thrasher finished sixth in the 3200M with 12:21.46 and sixth in the 1600M with 5:46.63, while fellow freshman Fiona Waid finished sixth in the Pole Vault at 7’06.”
The 400M Relay and 800M Relay teams made up of Lindsay Brown, Mattie Brzezinski, Dreanna Hernandez, and Peyton Mooney finished fifth in both events with times of 53.92 and 1:54.43, respectively.
“Although definitely outnumbered in the sprint events, including the hurdles, both the Varsity and JV LadyBulldogs constantly fought hard in the other events in an effort to assure that the Lady Bulldogs would score as many points as possible and in turn the best place possible,” Golemon said. “The same kind of effort can be expected and will be needed at the 2017 District 27-4A/District 28-4A Area Track and Field Meet, as the Varsity Area Qualifiers battle to earn a trip to the 2017 U.I.L. Region IV Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.”