“If you want to be the person you ought to be, you’ve got to welcome competition.” – Bob Richards, Olympic Pole Vault champion

The last two days the Lytle throwers have been competing in their end of course competitions for the season.  Their hard work all season resulted in many personal records(PR) and championships.  All four groups added points to their respective track teams.  JV boys totaled 10 points, Varsity Girls 12 points, Varsity boys 14 points and JV girls 16 points.  When the dust settled four Lytle throwers are advancing to the area competition next week.  The future is secure due to the success of the JV throwers.  Victor Garcia was the district champion in JV shot put with a throw of 39’1”.  Stephen Tumlinson made the finals in JV discus and just missed out on medaling placing 7th.  Katelyn Van Dong placed 3rd in JV shot with a putt of 30’2”.  Kristen Center finished 9th with her PR of 24’9”.  Chevy Landwehr place 9th in JV discus with her PR of 55’11”.  Kayla Alvarez knew that she would have to best a thrower from Fredricksburg who had already thrown over 90’,  Kayla had only thrown 85’.  Her first throw of the day gave her a new PR at 86’,  then she threw 88’ and finally her last throw of the preliminaries gave her a lead with a huge throw of 91’1”.  She won the district title against girls twice her size (picture attached).  I look forward to seeing how she progresses in the next three years.

The varsity started on Wednesday with Gabi Medina placing 4th in shot with a put of 34’9”.  This was not her best throw but it was good enough to move on.  Jonathan Darby ended the day Wednesday by placing second in Varsity disc with a PR of 140’3”.  Alan Lange also medaled at sixth with his PR of 121’10”.  Thursday had some great stories.  Tatiana Flores went into the meet seeded fifth with only the top four advancing to area.  Her first throw of 110’ was her PR and it beat her sisters best throw of 106’.   T has been trying to best Julianna since her freshman year.  Her second throw not only bested her first but it set the new school record of 114’8”.  She ended up placing second.  In the varsity shot Alan Lange and Jonathon Darby were 5th and 4th going into the finals.  With one throw left Alan was 2 inches behind Jon.  Alan said I don’t want to knock him out.  Alan has a kind heart, but I told him Jon was already going in discus, “Go and get something for yourself”.  He then threw his PR of 42’1” to end up placing fourth and advancing to area.  I am really proud of all the athletes and how their hard work has come to fruition.  Wish them good skill as they continue and compete for the next step of the Regional Track meet. 

“Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” – Roger Staubach

Live like you are loved.

Mark DeHoyos

Hadley Foster Jr

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