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Falls City relay team wins state championship
by Coy Slavik
May 16, 2013 | 691 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Falls City’s Haleigh Blocker smiles as she crosses the finish line in first place. The Beaverettes’ 1600-meter relay team returned to Falls City with gold medals after winning state championship honors in the event.
Coy Slavik photo Falls City’s Haleigh Blocker smiles as she crosses the finish line in first place. The Beaverettes’ 1600-meter relay team returned to Falls City with gold medals after winning state championship honors in the event.
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Falls City’s Tyler Malcolm competes in the pole vault event at the State Track and Field Championships. Malcolm placed fourth in the event with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches.
Coy Slavik photo Falls City’s Tyler Malcolm competes in the pole vault event at the State Track and Field Championships. Malcolm placed fourth in the event with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches.
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AUSTIN – Over an hour after winning a state title, Falls City’s Kayla Kotara, Kaelan Cheatham, Shaw Moy and Haleigh Blocker were still having difficulty catching their breaths.

The Beaverette foursome held on to win the 1,600-meter relay title in Class 1A Division 1 at the UIL State Track and Field Championships on Saturday in breathtaking fashion.

Blocker outleaned a surging Hayley Wilson of Goldthwaite at the finish line to give the Beaverettes a victory in 4 minutes, 1.16 seconds. Goldthwaite finished in 4:01.54.

“In was nervous, but I knew we had a good enough lead and I just had to finish,” Blocker said. “I was just looking at the finish line the whole time.”

Kotara and Cheatham gave Falls City a sizable lead after the first 800 meters.

“We had such a big lead and I was thinking, ‘We could win this, ‘ “ Cheatham said.

Moy preserved the Beaverettes’ lead when she gave the baton to Blocker for the final 400 meters.

Wilson started gaining on Blocker in the final 100 meters, but Blocker held her off by half a step.

“I can’t even explain how excited I am,” Kotara said. “We knew we could do it if we just ran our race.”

“I have been dreaming of this since I was a little girl watching state track meets here,” Moy said. “I am so excited and so blessed right now.”

The Beaverettes were denied a medal earlier in the 800 relay with a fourth-place time of 1:46.01. Dallas Gateway won the race in 1:41.99.

Falls City’s Tyler Malcolm and Joseph Swierc just missed taking home medals.

In the Class 1A Division 1 boys pole vault, Malcolm finished fourth with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches. Bosqueville’s Chase Hood won the event by clearing 14-3. Saratoga West’s Morgan Patterson was second at 14-0 and Shelbyville’s Mikel Carter was third at 14-0. Swierc was fourth in the Class 1A Division 1 boys 400 dash in 49.91.

Falls City’s Phillip Lyssy, Matthew Stulting, Cameron Soto and Swierc placed seventh in the Class 1A Division 1 boys 1,600 relay in 3:25.70. Milano’s Dominique Messer won the event in 48.92 and was followed by Shiner’s Evel Jones (49.00) and Albany’s Jake Bumgardner (49.17).
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