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Yoakum athlete does it all at district meet

By MIKE FORMAN
April 15, 2010 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2010 at 11:15 p.m.

Yoakum's William Markert powers his way to the finish line in the 300-meter hurdles on Thursday at the District 28-3A track and field meet.

YOAKUM - Sometimes it pays to be a pest.

William Markert rarely missed an opportunity to join his father, David, the Yoakum track and field coach, at practice after school.

The younger Markert did more than watch, much to the chagrin of some team members.

"It all started when he was a young kid in the AAUs," David Markert said. "He was being a coach's son. He'd come down here after school and he'd hang around the track. When the kids got tired of him, he would go somewhere else to other events. It started there and he just grew into an athlete and athletes can do a number of events."

Markert showed his athleticism and versatility by winning five events and leading Yoakum to the boys team championship at the District 28-3A track and field meet on cloudy, windy Thursday at Bulldog Stadium.

Markert won the discus (165 feet), high jump (6-6), shot put (54-11.5) and the 110-meter (14.46 seconds) and 300 hurdles 39.12). He scored 50 of Yoakum's 204 points and helped the Bulldogs end Cuero's run of five consecutive district titles. The Gobblers finished second with 143 points.

"I just wanted to beat Cuero real bad and be district champs," Markert said. "I was hoping to come in the district meet doing the best I can. I felt like I was going to come in and doing everything perfect to get ready for regional."

Amber Perry won three events to lead Goliad to the girls team championship. Goliad scored 159 points to win its first district championship in five years. Cuero was second with 120 points and Yoakum finished third with 119.5 points.

"It's awesome," Perry said of winning the team title. "Oh my gosh. I can't stop smiling."

Markert was smiling, but only after picking up his fifth gold medal by winning the 300 hurdles to complete a busy two days.

"After the Texas Relays, I felt confident I was going to come on," Markert said. "I just kept getting faster and faster and I had pretty good times today."

David Markert said his son has been working hard the past few weeks to make sure his senior season was a memorable one.

"We talked about it about three weeks ago and he kind of wasn't competing as hard as I thought he could," the elder Markert said. "I kind of mentioned it to him he's got to compete and he's got to do things right. He's answered all the calls."

Perry did the same for Goliad, blowing away the field in the 400 (57.49), winning the 200 (25.59) comfortably and turning a close race into a runaway win in the 1,600-meter (4:09.92) relay.

"She's an animal," said Goliad coach Stacy Zamzow. "She works out very hard. She has a great team attitude in just about everything she does. She is a great team leader and that's why we perform the way we do. She's the heart and soul of our team."

Perry, a junior, advanced to the state meet in the 400 and 1,600 relay last year and is a good bet to make it in the 200 this season.

"I did the 200 in middle school and when I was coming in to high school I didn't have the fastest time in the 200," Perry said. "So I kind did the other events to get my speed and then I started back on the 200."

Yoakum's Tameika Harris won the 100 (12.29) and long jump (17-10.5), Gonzales' Mara Aguayo won the 3,200 (12:12) and 1,600 (5:37.30), and the Goliad girls also won the 800 relay (1:48.28).

Cuero's Monte Green won the 100 (10.46) and long jump (23-4.5), Cuero's Buster Hansel won the 3,200 (10:05) and 1,600 (4:41.54) and the Gobblers won the 400 (43.06) and 800 (1:30.49) relays.

But no one left Bulldog Stadium with more medals than Markert.

"There are not many kids who can do that feat," David Markert said. "He's worked real hard for what he's got. He's earned everything he's doing right now."

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