By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
FaithAcademy took third place at the TAPPS Class 2A state track and field championships at WacoUniversity’s Hart-Patterson May 2-3.
For FaithAcademy it was the 10th time in the last 11 trips that the girls track and field team has finished in the top four at state.
The three relay teams paced the way to 66 points for the Lady Flames. DeSoto Canterbury won the meet with 84 points followed by Austin Hill Country’s 79.5 points.
The 4×400 relay of Sierra Brinkley, Christina Lykken, Sophie McCannon and Juliette Fisher ran a season best to take first place.
The 4×100 team of Brinkley, Rachel Ormsby, Gabby Sordelet and Fisher ran a 52.87 for third. It was a season best time.
The 4×200 relay team of were also third in a season-best time of 1:50.88. Brinkley, Sorbelet, Fisher and Ormsby ran on the team.
McCannon was first in the 1600 meters with a 5:29.30 and was second in 12:01.86 in the 3200 meters. The 1600 meters was a school record time.
“I am extremely proud of these girls,’’ coach Steve McCannon said. “A total team effort. For those that think track is not a team sport, they really miss out on the beauty of an exciting meet like this. The 2A division is considered the most competitive division in TAPPS and our girls were ready to compete. To win, we would have needed another team to make a mistake.’’
McCannon was satisfied with the effort.
“Third place really felt like winning,’’ McCannon said. “The girls did all they could to try to win a title. Sometimes you just get beat. That is the beauty of track-you can feel completely content and at peace with third. Three of the top four teams at state were in our district. Just shows the path to get here was not easy either.’’
Brinkley was solid in the relays.
“The leadoff leg is so important and Sierra used her experience to get us in the mix,’’ McCannon said. “She was smart not to panic in the 4×4 when two of the lower seeds put their fastest girls first to try to make something happen. Sierra kept pushing and ran her fastest split ever, only handing off in third. Sierra really worked hard after basketball and peaked at the right time. I am so glad I have her one more year.”
In the triple jump, Juliette Fisher was sixth at 33-1 and Alisha Williams was fifth in the discus at 82-11 for a season-best effort.
Others taking awards were Brinkley, Lykken and Ormsby, making the all-state academic team.
“Gabby ran huge legs in the 4×100 and 4×200 getting us in the medals,’’ McCannon said. “Gabby has come a long way since her freshman year. This was her first year to run at state and she was ready to compete. I am so proud her. Huge impact on the team.”
McCannon’s efforts were solid for a freshman.
“Sophie had the lead for 6 ½ laps in the 3200 and just could not close it out,’’ McCannon said. “Sometimes that happens in competitive sports-someone else just wants it a little more when the pain is setting in. Sophie’s time would have won the 3A race, so that bodes well for next year. It is easy to forget she is just a freshman. In the 1600, she came back strong and put the hammer down on laps two and three. She refused to be denied that title.
The season as a strong one for the Lady Flames.
“Awesome season,’’ McCannon said. “We move to 3A next season. I am excited about the challenge of continuing our tradition of competing for state championships. We only lose one athlete from the state team so we will look to re-load.’’