Lady Bears win 13th straight track title
The track tradition continues in La Vernia as the Lady Bears win their 13th straight district title. In addition, several athletes qualified for the regional meet, including (from left) Ashland Newberg, Olivia Hinojosa, Shaley Trammell, Paige Vajdos, Mackenzie Ford, Catherine Reed, Ashley Nanton, Bailee Vrana, Valerie Petry, Lilia Novatnak, and Xanthe Harston.
LA VERNIA -- The Lady Bears’ district track and field championship streak remains intact after holding off a strong and experienced Sam Houston squad. This made 13 consecutive years that La Vernia has won the district title.
“Our kids simply gave everything thing they had,” said Head Coach Richard Hinojosa. “It was as perfect an example of a truly selfless team effort as I’ve ever seen. We preach ‘TEAM, TEAM, TEAM’ and that’s exactly what they were competing for. This was as gratifying a victory as any we’ve ever had. I’m so proud of both our varsity and JV kids.”
After graduating an exceptional class of seniors last year, this year’s squad merely stepped up and did a great job of continuing the tradition of excellence. The Lady Bears finished as team runner-up at their first two meets of the season (Medina Valley, Floresville), then went on a winning streak that extended through district (La Vernia, Alamo Heights, Navarro, District 28-3A).
“We had a good combination of leadership and youth,” Hinojosa said. “I hate seeing our seniors go. They will definitely be missed, but we’re excited about the kids we have returning next year.”
The top two varsity finishers in each event now advance to the Regional Championship at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Once again, Region IV has produced some outstanding performances. Returning state champions from Region IV include Brookshire Royal’s Diana Moreno (3,200 and 1,600 meters), Cuero’s Abigail Shepard (300-meter hurdles), and West Oso’s Akeyla Mitchell (200-meter dash). In addition, there are several returning state silver medalists, including Sam Houston’s Toshonna Williams (400-meter dash), West Oso’s Akeyla Mitchell (100-meter dash), and Lyford’s Danielle Hass (800-meter run).
“We’re going to go and do what we’ve done all year, give it our best effort,” Hinojosa added. “That’s what they’ve always done.”
Ashland Newberg-3rd, 12.82; Mackenzie Ford-6th, 13.09.
Lilia Novatnak-5th, 1:03.36.
Xanthe Harston-1st, 2:28.05; Shaley Trammell-2nd, 2:32.12; Brianna Kruciak-3rd, 2:32.27.
Olivia Hinojosa-1st, 5:29.34; Bailee Vrana-2nd, 5:30.34; Jessica Perry-3rd, 5:48.63.
Olivia Hinojosa-1st, 11:44.09; Bailee Vrana-2nd, 11:58.32; Dakota Guerrero-3rd, 12:51.71.
Cat Reed-1st, 15.09; Shayler Ring-3rd, 17.13.
Cat Reed-1st, 47.13; Shayler Ring-4th, 49.59; Kasey Reinen-6th, 51.15.
Ashland Newberg, Ashley Nanton, Mackenzie Ford, Cat Reed-2nd, 51.83.
Ashland Newberg, Ashley Nanton, Xanthe Harston, Paige Vajdos-2nd, 1:50.97.
Paige Vajdos, Xanthe Harston, Ashley Nanton, Lilia Novatnak-1st, 4:14.43.
Cat Reed-2nd, 5-2; Allegra Holifield-4th, 4-10.
Valerie Petry-1st, 8-00.
Mackenzie Ford-2nd, 16-05; Lilia Novatnak-3rd, 15-10.5; Megan Morenz-6th, 15-01.
Cat Reed-5th, 31-11.75.
Vicki Martinez-6th, 24-04.
Lexi Sollars-6th, 72-06.5.
Varsity team totals:
La Vernia-1st, 204; Sam Houston-2nd, 179; Pleasanton-3rd, Somerset-4th, 62; Hawkins-5th, 32; Poteet-6th, 13.
Gaby Olivarez-3rd, 13.69; Samantha Driver-6th, 13.95.
Morgan Deel-5th, 29.35.
Araina Jenkins-1st, 1:09.04; Kayla Gorzell-4th, 1:11.20; Caitlin Brietzke-5th, 1:15.03.
Elizabeth Moczygemba-1st, 2:44.84; Araina Jenkins-2nd, 2:46.46; Mayra Alvarado-3rd, 2:47.20.
Elizabeth Moczygemba-1st, 6:20.85; Sabrina Wolf-2nd, 6:22.63; Katie Cribb-3rd, 6:37.94.
Mayra Alvarado-1st, 13:51.44; Sabrina Wolf-2nd, 13:58.84: Kasandra Arteaga-3rd, 14:50.
Brooke Tomlinson-1st, 19.03; Morgan Deel-4th, 19.90; Helena Holifield-5th, 20.38.
Morgan Deel-1st, 54.53; Brooke Tomlinson-3rd, 56.24; Helena Holifield-4th, 1:00.50.
Gaby Olivarez, Sarah Wiatrek, Lindsey Terrell, Elise Arredondo-2nd, 55.09.
Gaby Olivarez, Sarah Wiatrek, Lindsey Terrell, Elise Arredondo-2nd, 1:56.45.
Sarah Wiatrek, Lindsey Terrell, Kayla Gorzell, Araina Jenkins-1st, 4:34.46.
Sarah Wiatrek-2nd, 14-06.5; Lindsey Terrell-5th, 13-05.75.
Sarah Wiatrek-2nd, 31-00.5; Lindsey Terrell-3rd, 30-05.
Caitlin Brietzke-3rd, 24-00.
Shelby Robertson-2nd, 73-10.5; Yvonna Contreras-6th, 61-00.
JV team totals:
La Vernia-1st, 227; Sam Houston-2nd, 143; Pleasanton-3rd, 88; Somerset-4th, 47; Hawkins-5th, 18; Poteet-6th, 4.