Lady Bears find success, prepare for district meet
LA VERNIA -- The 2014 varsity and junior varsity Lady Bear track and field teams have rounded into form just like all of their predecessors.
“The motto, ‘We don’t rebuild, we reload!’ fits this program to a tee,” said Head Coach Richard Hinojosa. “Every year we lose great student athletes to graduation, but the ones that rise through the ranks keep the tradition of excellence going. It is a testament to the work ethic, mental toughness, and competitiveness our kids develop and demonstrate throughout the season.”
La Vernia will host the District 28-3A championships on Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10. La Vernia will also host the first day of the area championships scheduled for Monday, April 14. The top four varsity athletes in each event qualify for area. The top four athletes from area will then qualify for the Region IV Championships to be held at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.
There are more than 50 Class 3A schools in Region IV, and only the top two athletes in each event advance on to the prestigious UIL State Track & Field Championships held at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10.
Of the six district schools, La Vernia, Sam Houston, and Pleasanton are the favorites for the team title, but Somerset, Poteet, and Hawkins will all bring competitive teams and individuals. The varsity girls track program has La Vernia High School’s longest current district team championship streak, winning the past 13.
“Our kids are ready,” Hinojosa added. “We tell them to work hard and compete tough and that’s plenty good enough for us. They’ll represent their school and community well. God willing, we bring home No. 14 in a row.”
Hinojosa said this will be the first year that La Vernia will be involved with an area meet. Qualifying for regionals will be much tougher, and the kids will have very little recovery time before taking on the likes of Fredericksburg, Bandera, Wimberley, Navarro, Canyon Lake, and Boerne. Since 2006, La Vernia has won the regional championship twice, while Fredericksburg and Bandera have each won the title once.
So far this season, the Lady Bear varsity team won the Medina Valley Invitational on Feb. 22, the Jack Randall Relays in Floresville on March 1, the La Vernia Bear Relays on March 6, and the Navarro Panther Relays on March 27, and was second at the Alamo Heights Mule Relays on March 20.
In the junior varsity division, the Lady Bears finished first at the Medina Valley Panther Relays and Navarro Panther Relays, were second at the La Vernia Bear Relays, and finished third in Floresville.