Nine Lady Cats will advance to the regional track meet in Converse on April 27-18.
“On the first day of school I sat the girls down and told them that we were going to win the district championship in track this year. I told them that if they wanted to be a part of it, they would have to start working for it right then,” said coach Katie Craft. “Obviously the girls bought into the speech and believed they could make it happen. I am more than proud of how hard they worked to make this a reality.”
The meet took place on April 11-12 in Bishop.
Odem, the 2nd place team scored 96 points and Skidmore placed 3rd with 94 points.
Other teams competing include Banquete, Bishop, Taft, San Diego, and Freer.
Day one consisted of field events and the 3200m run At the end of the day the Lady Cats had already accumulated 85 points and had a 52 point lead going into the finals of the running events.
“We knew we had a good chance to win it going into the finals, but we would have to focus and finish strong,” Craft said.
Craft said nine girls will advance to the Regional track meet including one special member of this track team — senior Megan Shaw.
Shaw throws the shot put and discus and was the only girl who qualified for state in any athletic event during the 2010-2011 school year. Megan qualifying in both events.
She placed 5th in the shot put and 7th in the discus at the state meet last year. She is well on her way to a repeat appearance at the state meet again this year in May.
Shaw has yet to be beaten this season in the shot put or discus She won the meets in Three Rivers, Yorktown, Palacios, Karnes City, Refugio, and the district meet.
She set a personal record in the shot put at the Karnes City meet throwing 42’6 1/2” which was also a meet record.
“Besides being outstanding in her events, Megan sets an incredible example for this track team,” Craft said. “She is consistent in her work habits and remains focused at all times. She leads by example and the rest of this team looks up to her. I am so proud of her.”
Several colleges around the state and elsewhere are recruiting Shaw to be a part of their track programs.
Girls who qualified for regionals include:
Seniors: Megan Shaw, shot put, discus; Alicia Canchola, shot put, discus
Juniors: Cecilia Bauer, 100, 200, 4x200m relay; Lexy Hawthorne, 4x200m relay
Sophomores: Morgan Klaevemann, 100m hurdles, 100, 4x200m relay, triple jump, long jump; Jackie Gonzalez, 4x200m relay, high jump; Katie Haley, 4x200m relay alternate
Freshmen: Katie Snyder, 100m hurdles, pole vault; Ally Coscetti, 3200m relay