Happy Star Wars Day, May the 4th be with you.
“It is not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” – John Wooden
This weekend two throwers competed at the Regional Track meet in Kingsville. For Gabi Medina it was an opportunity to see where she can be next year and for Armando Martinez it was a culmination of 6 years of training and practice. Gabi Medina went into the competition sitting 15th out of 16. She was throwing against the three state medalists from last year. She threw her second best throw of the year at 33’3” and left the rings as the 13th best thrower in the region. She learned the importance of lifting weights and becoming stronger. I look forward to see her improvement in her senior year.
Attached is a video of Armando Martinez throwing the shot at the area meet in Poteet. He would have needed to throw school records to make the finals in the throwing competition. On Friday he threw the second best shot put of his career at 45’10”. However, the lads were throwing 54 to 48 feet to qualify for the finals. Saturday he came into the disc ring needing to win the first flight. He did that on his last throw by throwing a personal best at Regionals for him at 138’2”. Last year that throw would have easily made the finals. Each year is different and he would have needed a personal best of 145’ to make the finals. He did end up beating two of the three competitors from the area. Armando has thrown six years for me at Lytle. He walks out of the rings as the best thrower I have ever had the privilege to coach. Here is a summary of his Lytle throwing career.
7th and 8th grade district champion, Shot and Discus
9th grade JV shot putt champion, 2nd in Discus
10th grade, Area qualifier in Discus and Shot put
11th grade, District champion in Discus and Shot put, Regional Qualifier in Discus
12th grade, Regional qualifier in Discus and Shot Put.
Personal Records: Shot Putt – 47’7” area meet, Poteet
Discus – 144’2” Bandera meet, April 2015
Armando threw his entire senior year with a partial tear in the muscle of his throwing shoulder. The Doctor said it was ok to throw and it would not get any worse but it still caused him pain especially in the shot putt. It has been a great honor for him to see him be and example to all the throwers who are coming in the future in Lytle. I heard a fire captain tell my son “well done” for being hired as a Corpus Christi fire cadet. He said congratulations are given when you don’t have to work for something like winning a lottery or a bet. Well Done means what you did you had to work for.
Well done Armando and Gabi!
“To say ‘Well Done’ to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.” – Phillip Brooks
Have a great end of the year and a relaxing summer. Until next year, I’m out.
Hadley Foster Jr.