Varsity Track and Field had a tremendous showing at the TAPPS 2A State Meet on May 2-3 in Waco, Texas, with 13 of our athletes competing in 13 events. By the end of the weekend, the Knights had won six individual state championships, a relay silver, and the Lady Knights team finished as State Champion Runners Up, despite having a smaller team of only seven girls contributing to the point totals. The boys’ team finished 6th in state. For both teams, this was the best showing in school history.
Senior Karen Baker led the medal count with three golds in her events, the High Jump, the 100M Hurdles and the 300M Hurdles. Close behind was senior Preston Glace, who won two state championships in the 1600M and the 3200M. Senior Olivia Dahl won the state championship in Pole Vault for the third time in four years. The Lady Knights 4×200 Relay team, comprised of seniors Aimee Mora and Andi Bandow, junior Kara Wedgeworth, and freshman Emma Astad, earned a second place finish at State.
The 2014 Varsity Track & Field teams, coached by former state champion Janean Greer, former All American runner Toby Thurman, and collegiate runner James Washington, also shattered a number of long-standing school records this season. Karen Baker set a new record of 31’1.75″ in the Triple Jump event and a 5’2″ mark in the High Jump. Olivia Dahl beat her own school record with a 9’6.25″ clear in Pole Vault. Karen Baker set new records in the 300H (47.00) and the 100H (16.09), as well as setting a new standard for gold medals for the season with a total count of 13 and the total number of state championships with a total count of seven. Records also tumbled in the relays, with a new school record of 1:52.47 in the girls’ 4×200 for teammates Aimee Mora, Emma Astad, Kara Wedgeworth, and Andi Bandow, and a 53.44 in the girls’ 4×100 for Emma Astad, Olivia Dahl, Andi Bandow, and Aimee Mora.
For the men, Preston Glace set two new school records in the 3200M and the 1600M with times of 10:52.40 and 4:50.6, respectively. Two boys’ relay teams achieved school records. The 4×400 team, made up of Preston Glace and juniors Luke Turner, Noah Monteiro, and Jackson Monteiro, set a new level with a 3:40.9, and the 4×200 team of juniors Caden Logsdon, Luke Turner, Noah Monteiro, and Jackson Monteiro acheived a 01:35.3. Preston Glace finished off his high school career by tying the school record for most gold medals at six, a 10-year old record set by Justin Thurman in 2004, and setting a new men’s standard of two state championships.
The future for Knights Track & Field looks bright, as our middle school teams also excelled at their AIPL district meets to end the season. The 7th/8th grade boys’ team won the AIPL District Championship for the second year in a row. The 7th/8th grade girls’ team took fourth place, and our 6th grade boys’ team took 5th. The middle school teams are lead by Scott Horne, Angela Mueller, and Angelo Milicia.
The Knights Varsity Track and Field Team continued its winning season with a spectacular showing at the TAPPS 2A South Regionals meet in Halletsville, Texas on April 26th.
Three Knights won a total of five Regional Championships in their respective events:
The Lady Knights finished in second place overall, and the Knights took third place overall. In addition, 13 athletes qualified in 14 different events for State, one of the largest teams our school has ever fielded for Track and Field State. Congratulations to the following qualifiers:
These Knights will travel to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for the TAPPS State Meet, to be held at Hart Patterson Track on May 2-3.
Historically, track and field is one of Hill Country’s most successful athletic teams, boasting numerous individual state championships, one team state championship, and two team state runners-up. The Varsity Knights are coached by Janean Greer, Toby Thurman, and James Washington.