Goliad girls capture second-straight Class 2A regional track title (w/video, gallery)
April 26, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.
CONVERSE - Kendall Coles finished second in her heat in the 400-meter dash during Friday's preliminaries at the Region IV-2A meet.
But the Goliad freshman was determined to do better in Saturday's final at Rutledge Stadium.
"I just mentally prepared and got a good night's rest," she said. "I was just so relaxed, and I just felt so good. It was the best race I ran all year."
Coles won the event in a personal-best time of 59.29 seconds and highlighted a day of outstanding performances by the Goliad girls.
The Tigerettes ran away with their second consecutive team title, amassing 103 points and easily eclipsing second-place San Antonio Cole, which had 66 points.
"The hard work these girls put into it," said Goliad coach Stacy Zamzow. "Last year was so much excitement. Just to build on what we did last year. This is a blue-collar group. You don't look around and just see outstanding talent. But the work in the weight room we put in and what they do in practices showed today."
Goliad brought home nine medals, including four gold, two silver and three bronze.
"We're so blessed to have the team that we have," Zamzow said. "I mean team because we run alternates in the prelims, and we're able to rest people. That's because they're not selfish. That helps us build upon what we need. That's the team. Everybody thinks track and field is individual, but it is a team concept at Goliad High School."
Senior Ashtin Zamzow won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and ran with Coles, Katelyn Salziger and Michala Janssen on the 1,600-meter team that wrapped up the meet by finishing first.
"It's one of the best feelings in the world to be part of the track team I'm on," Ashtin Zamzow said. "I was blown away. Everybody pulled their own, and that's what we needed to win. We came out on top and did what we needed to win, and that was good."
Sierra Pruitt could not have felt better being back at the Class 2A regional meet.
The Industrial sophomore tore a hip flexor during the preliminaries of last year's regional meet and didn't get to run in the finals.
She made all the hard work she put in coming back from the injury pay off by winning the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes.
"Track is just my life," Pruitt said. "I like running. It's an amazing experience.
"Training a lot gets me here. I just focus on breathing in and my form."
Woodsboro's Lionel Brown already had a gold medal and a Class 1A regional record when he came to Rutledge Stadium on Saturday.
The senior won the triple jump Friday with a leap of 46 feet, 1/2 inch to break the old record of 44-5.
Brown added a silver medal in the 400 relay and a bronze in the 800 relay.
"I got it with my first jump, and I didn't have to jump anymore." Brown said of the record. "It just felt good. It's a good feeling to go to state for the first time."
The Goliad girls will head to the state meet in Austin with a state title on their minds.
"We keep giving ourselves chances, and that's what we keep doing," Stacy Zamzow said. "You go up there, and you want to do your best. We've done that today, and we'll see what happens."
• The Shiner girls finished third in the Class 1A team standings with 69 points.
• The Industrial girls were fourth with 44 points and Edna fifth with 32 points in the Class 2A team standings.
• The Woodsboro boys were fourth with 47 points in the Class 1A team standings.
• The Rice Consolidated boys were second with 66 points, Goliad fourth with 39.5 points and Industrial and Van Vleck tied for fifth with 30 points.
• The top two finishers in each event advance to the state meet. The next best time or mark from each event in the four regions also advance to the state meet set for May 9 and 10 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus.