The Crusader Track team traveled to Waco this weekend to participate in the TAPPS state meet held at the pristine Clyde Hart track and field stadium. The march to the state championship began on Friday with the field events. Noah Barboza was the first Crusader to crack the board with an 8th place finish in the Shot put, gaining one point for the team. Senior Jake Holland made the most of his first trip to the state track meet by gaining the team five points with a 4th place finish in the discus. The next event for the Crusaders was the Long Jump. Corbett Fong and Scott Dickerson finished 1st and 2nd getting the most points on day one with 18. Fong had little time to celebrate his Long jump victory because he was competing in the pole vault at the same time. In the pole vault he secured 5th place, which gave the team four points. Scott secured 2nd place with a monster jump of 21-07 besting his personal record by nine inches. Dilichi Ogbutor finished out the day with a tie for 5th place in the High Jump and added 3.5 points to make the boys total on day one 31.50. In the Girl’s field events Maddie Koehn led the way with a 2nd place finish in the Pole Vault, in spite of her ankle injury, with a vault of 10-0. Giavonna Mei finished 8th in the triple jump. Alyssa Shatte came in 6th with a jump of 5-0 and Senior Kari Huwyler completed her career with her best finish ever at a state meet securing 4th.
Going into the running portion of the meet on Saturday the Boys held a slight lead over the 6A competition. The boys 4×100, consisting of Andrew Elder, Cage Cavazos, Kaleb Crowder and Karlton Covington, started the day by taking 2nd place and finishing with a time of 42.42, which broke the school record of 42.59 set in 2015. Kally Wendler ran the 800m and finished second with a time of 2:20.41. Lucas Zemlicka was the next Crusader boy to point for the team finishing 5th with a personal record of 16.14 in the 110 hurdles and adding four points. Karlton Covington added two points in the 100 by finishing 7th. The boys’ 4×200 (Elder, Covington, Cavazos, Howard) relay once again came in 2nd and broke a school record in the process. They finished with a time of 1:29.18 and gained 16 points. Kally competed in the 400m and ran a personal best of 58.40, which was good enough for a 2nd place finish. After helping the 4×200 to its school record and silver medal, Colin Howard brought home the gold in the 400m dash, running a time of 49.72. The duo of Fong and Zemlicka both ran personal bests in the 300 hurdles with Fong finishing 2nd with a time of 40.86 and Zemlicka coming in 7th with a time of 42.40. Between the two of them they scored 10 points. The girls’ 4×400 (Bre Lauder, Madelyn Rasberry, Reagan Satterfield and Kally Wendler) relay came in 6th while running their best time of the year with a 4:11.29. The Boys team went into the final event up five points over Bishop Dunne who also had a team in the 4×4. The Crusaders would have to beat Dunne or finish no more than two spots behind them in order to secure the State Championship. First leg Andrew elder started the relay off strong with a split of 50.40. Cage Cavazos took the baton with a slight lead over the field and finished with the lead when he handed the baton to Corbett Fong after splitting a 51.16. Fong was taken over by Argyle Liberty Christian and handed the baton to Colin Howard in 2nd. Colin stayed behind the Liberty runner for 300m and walked him down in the final 100 meters, splitting 50.1 in the process of winning Concordia’s first ever 4×400 relay title. The victory secured Concordia’s first team title.
With their strong finishes in their individual races, field events and 4×400 relays the girls finished 6th overall.
When it was all said and done every boy that competed on Friday and Saturday contributed to the state title by pointing in their event.