Howdy all and happy “Louie, Louie” day,
“Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.” – Sparky Anderson
The Lytle throwers had 22 competitors throw during the district meet. The format was that each thrower received three throws and then the top 8 throwers would compete for the medals and championships. You cannot place and earn points for the team unless you get to the finals. 21 of the 22 throwing spots made the finals. As you saw from Coach Salinas and Coach Ruiz we had many of the throwers medal. Some individual stories of success are throwers like Juan Perez who in the face of three other throwers from other schools ahead of him threw his fifth throw at 128’8” to place fourth, advance to area and throw his personal record throw. Stephen Tumlinson, who had not medaled in a single meet this year, threw his final throw of the competition at his PR of 92’4” to place 6th. Mark Rodriguez threw his final throw of 105’ (PR) to place 3rd. Raul Castro, the JV district champion did not wait until his last throw but launched his first throw of 109’ to place first. Alan Lange was the JV boys champion with a 38’ throw. Jerry Morales placed 6th in his second varsity meet with a 39’ throw. Finally, I have never had the privilege of coaching a varsity district champion. Armando Martinez threw a PR of 134’ to be crowned the varsity discus champion and 44’.5” to win the varsity shot put championship.
The girls represented Lytle with the same strength. Mari Rios who threw 25’1” placed 3rd in JV girls shot. Makena Frausto and Jessica Soto both made the finals and placed just out of the medals at 7th and 8th. On a difficult day to throw discus with a strong head wind, all three varsity discus throwers placed with two advancing to area. Reann Silvas placed 5th, Clarrissa Rios advances to area with a 4th place throw of 96’ and Tatianna Flores advances to area with a 2nd place throw of 103’. Skiler Walden, Sierra Agunaga and Rosie Hernadez placed 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively in the JV girls discus to complete the throwing competition for Lytle.
On the throwing shirts we wear the number 48. Not because of Jimmie Johnson but 48 is the highest point total you can score in the two throwing events. For the team totals the points added up as follows:
Varsity boys – 33 points with 4 area qualifiers
Varsity girls – 21 points with 3 area qualifiers
Junior varsity boys – 28 points with District champions in both events
Junior varsity girls – 22 points
The final competitor I want to share about is Sean Woods. He throws every morning and many days after school. I have other boys who have thrown for Lytle that can throw farther but they choose not to throw. Sean competes and desires to throw. Effort should be rewarded. He threw a personal record of 21’ in JV shot. His contribution to the team came on Wednesday when he recorded the throws for the JV discus. When they announced the top 8, Stephen Tumlinson was not mentioned. I was able to ask the judge to check their records and the error was corrected. If Sean had not kept accurate records Stephen would not have celebrated his sixth place throw.
Thank you for all the parents and staff that came to support the throwers these last two day. Coach Flores has been instrumental in the success of the throwers. Without his knowledge we would not be where we are. The varsity is seeking to advance to regionals by placing in the top 4 in the area meet next Thursday.
“Success – it is what you do with what you’ve got. – Woody Hayes
Hadley Foster Jr.