Track: Cavs finish 6th, Lady Cavs 2nd at first meet
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 |
By Kyle Gregory
Lake Travis girls and boys track and field teams finished second and sixth, respectively, Saturday at the Lake Travis Relays, the first meet of the 2013 campaign.
The meet, which featured 12 boys varsity teams and 10 girls squads, ran “pretty smoothly,” according to Lake Travis coach Ryan Luedecke.
“We had some young kids that hadn’t competed in a relay that big before, and they handled it pretty well,” Luedecke said.
For Luedecke’s boys squad, some young kids is a bit of an understatement. He said that only two of his athletes had competed in a varsity meet prior to Saturday’s relays.
“Even though we have a lot of seniors, many of them ran for JV as juniors,” Luedecke said. “Our boys did a heck of a job overall with the inexperience that we had.”
The Cavaliers overcame a spiking injury to finish fourth in the 4×100 relay and fifth in the 4×200.
The Cavs also showed well in the long jump, with Shaun Nixon finishing second and David Hourin finishing third. Nixon finished second in the 100-meter dash as well.
Connor Shannon notched third in the discus throw.
“We got some points that we weren’t sure that we’d get,” Luedecke said. “That was a good surprise for us.”
The more experienced Lady Cavaliers finished highly in several events.
“The varsity girls are very competitive,” Luedecke said. “We have some returning girls that compete at a high level and run year round. We’re excited to have them on our team. The girls are competitive in every event that they’re in.”
The Lady Cavs took first in the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay.
Three of Lake Travis relay speedsters finished highly in individual events.
Abby Moss won the 400-meter dash, Devyn Brown won the 100-meter dash, and Kenton Neel finished second in the 200-meter dash.
In the hurdles, Tara Anderson finished second in the 100-meter race and third in the 300-meter race.
For the field events, Elif Yurtsever took home second in the triple jump and Melodi Ramirez finished third in the discus throw.
“I definitely think our girls will have a strong year,” Luedecke said. “Our ultimate goal is to make it to the state meet. Being in 5A will make it more competitive, but I think we’ll make a strong showing at the regional meet.”
The Cavaliers will be competing at the Dragon Relays in Round Rock on March 2.
“[After the first meet] I think that the kids know that they can compete at this level,” Luedecke said. “It makes them more hungry, and they compete more at practice. They know what things they can work on and improve on to be the best at their events.”
Boys overall scores
1) Round Rock 133
2) Bowie 112
3) Leander 71
4) Cedar Park 62
5) Hutto 56
6) Lake Travis 47
Girls overall scores
1) Hutto 114
2) Lake Travis 96
3) Cedar Park 67
3) Westwood 67
5) Burnet 65
6) Leander 52
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