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Boys repeat as State Champs
The Concordia Boys track team accomplished the incredible feat of back-to-back state championships in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Going into the last race of the day the Crusaders were up on Bishop Dunne by one point. To secure the state championship Concordia had to beat the Falcons. At the start of the race Dunne jumped out to a huge lead and led Concordia by 20 yards when C. Fong handed the baton to C. Cavazos. Cavazos ran a strong leg and cut the lead down to 5 yards by the time he handed the baton to A. Elder. Elder ran a fantastic leg despite running against Dunne’s 200m-runner and state record holder. When Andrew handed the baton to anchor leg C. Howard he had cut the lead down to 1 yard. The stage was set for C. Howard and Dunne’s 2nd place finisher in the 100m, to battle it out over 400 meters to determine who would be crowned the state champion. In the first 100 meters of the race Dunne jumped out to a 5 yard. As they made their way down the back stretch Dunne opened up the gap to 8 yards. They would hold on to the lead through the third 100. The two runners would enter the final 100 meters still separated by 8 yards. Once they crossed into the homestretch, Howard begin to slowly close the lead to 7 yards, then 6 yards, then 5 yards and then in the blink of an eye, with 20 yards left in the race, C. Howard passed Dunne to claim the TAPPS 6A state championship. The Crusaders’ time of 3:18.88 was not only a school record by six seconds, but also a TAPPS state record by four seconds. The championship would not have been attainable if it were not for the Crusaders who scored in the events leading up to the 4×4. On Friday, N. Barboza kicked off the Crusader scoring by placing 5th in the shot put. B. Hurley and Y. Clay posted 18 points by taking 1st and 2nd in the triple jump. The crusaders scored 13 points in long jump with C. Fong taking 2nd, J. Reed placing 7th and S. Dickerson placing 8th. C. Fong also took 4th in Discus to claim 5 points. On Saturday, the boys took 5th in the 4×100 relay of S. Dickerson, C. Cavazos, K. Covington and Y. Clay. A. Meier placed 7th in the 800m. C. Fong finished 5th in the 110 hurdles. Y. Clay tied for 4th in the 100 with a school record time of 10.93. K. Covington placed 6th in the 100 as well. Clay and Covington joined A. Elder and C. Cavazos in the 4×200 and took 2nd place with a time of 1:28.78, resetting the school record they set the week before. Next up was C. Howard who took 3rd in the 400. In the 300 Hurdles C. Fong took 2nd by running a school record time of 39.89. Howard and Elder scored some major points in the 200 by taking 3rd and 4th. Both ran fast enough to break the school record Howard set the week before but Howard’s place would give him the title of school record holder. Howard finished with a time of 21.88 and Elder ran a 21.94. It was a great season for the boys. They won every meet they participated in this year and over the course of the track season 9 school records fell.
Girls Place 5th at state meet
The Crusader girls track team finished 5th out of 17 teams this past weekend at the state track meet. T. McQuary placed 5th in the discus. M. Van de Graaf placed 5th in the high jump and M. Koehn would finish out the day for the girls field events with a 7th place finish in the pole vault. K. Wendler started out the running events for the girls by placing 4th in the 800. T. Badal took 2nd in the 100H and the 300H. J. Frank took on the tough task of running the 400/200 and placed 2nd in the 400 and 4th in the 200. Her time in the 200 tied the school record of 25.45. The 4×4 team of J. Frank, K. Wendler, B. Lauder and T. Badal would finish the day strong by finishing 2nd and running the 2nd fastest time in school history. Overall, it was a great day for the girls.