By Kyle Gregory
Lake Travis track and field has come a long way since this time last year.
In the 2011 District 25-4A meet, the Lake Travis girls team finished third overall, while the boys finished seventh.
This year, the girls took home first place and the men jumped all the way up to third.
The Cavaliers will be sending 21 athletes to the regional meet (eight more than last year), and coach Randall Edwards couldn’t be prouder.
“I’m really, really proud of the kids,” Edwards said. “It was a great year and they worked hard. To see that work pay off at the district meet was incredible.”
Edwards credits his team’s success to a strong performance in field events.
“It’s not just one individual, it was a team effort,” Edwards said. “We got some points that we didn’t get last year. We scored in shot put and discus and pole vault.”
In their championship performance, the Lady Cavs had a regional qualifier in every sprint and swept the relay events.
In the sprints, Hannah Moss finished third in the 100 dash and second in the 200 dash, just in front of Kia Neel who placed third. Abigail Moss rounded out the sprinting dominance with a first place finish in the 400 dash.
The relay team of Delany Maberry, Neel, Moss and Moss won the 4×100. Maberry, Neel, Taylor Skinner and Devyn Brown won the 4×200. Claire Howington, Cody McCrary, Maberry and Abigail Moss were the winning 4×400 team.
In the field events, freshman Haley Houston finished second in pole vault and the throwing duo of Marissa Ochoa and Melodi Ramirez clinched regional berths in both shot put and discus. Ochoa finished first in shot put and second in discus, while Ramirez placed third in both events.
“We hadn’t ever thought about a district championship,” Edwards said. “We lost by six points two years ago and eleven points last year. This year we scored in some events that we hadn’t before.”
The third-place men’s team finished the meet with nine athletes qualifying for regionals.
In the sprints, Nico Vitela finished second in the 400 dash and Vincent Villagomez finished second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.
The 4×400 relay team of Chase Rowland, Vitela, Brock Kenyon and Aubrey Metcalfe placed third with a 3:28.49 time.
“The mile relay was great,” Edwards said. “It’s the first time we’ve busted 3:30 in a while. That was an exciting race and tough race.”
In field events, the Cavaliers finished with two second place finishes — Zach Davies in shot put and Connor Shannon in discus — and two third place finishes – Will Cefai in high jump and Ryan Jones in pole vault.
“Our guys got after it. They scored more points than they ever have,” said Edwards. “Third place was a great finish. They competed hard and had a good time, that’s all you can ask for from a coach’s standpoint.”
The junior varsity teams also put up solid performances. The girls won their meet and the boys finished second.
“We had a little visit and a little talk and our kids got after it,” Edwards said. “We challenged them to do their best, and dadgum, we were a few kids short of winning every division.”
Lake Travis goes to New Braunfels Friday for the regional qualifier before the regional track meet in San Antonio April 30–May 1.
“Every event that we’re sending people in, we think we can get better in,” Edwards said. “We haven’t peaked yet. You never know what happens at regionals.”