FHS' Daley, Raders win gold medals at state track meet

The Fredericksburg High School’s girls’ track team went into the state meet with medal on their minds and came away with the school’s best haul.

Megan Daley capped her FHS career with state championships in the high jump and 300-meter hurdles, and combined with Anna Gold, Aleah Constantine and Molly Pluenneke to finish as the second-place team in the UIL Class 4A Track and Field State Championships on Friday and Saturday at Mike A. Myers Complex in Austin.

“It feels pretty good,” Daley said. “It feels pretty unreal. I wasn’t surprised, but I didn’t necessarily expect it to happen. I knew I could do it, but I didn’t expect it to happen.”

Daley also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles by nudging past Kirrah Powell of Borger.

The senior, who will compete in the heptathlon for Baylor University starting this fall, finished as 4A’s top point earner and is the school’s first athlete to earn four medals during one state meet.

FHS track wrapped up its busy weekend by earning a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay, with Gold, Constantine, Pluenneke and Daley bringing in the baton for a season-best time of 3:58.00.

The 4x400 silver gave FHS 16 points, which was enough to push the girls past Atlanta for second place in the team standings.

Gold, a freshman, ran the 400-meter dash in 58.62 seconds to finish fifth in her state debut.

The girls’ battled through the exhausting two-day meet and came home with a state runners-up trophy to add with their championships from district, area and regionals.

“What a lot of people don’t know is we did it not injury free,” coach Dan Aldrich said. “They were hurting. Every single one of them. Megan was extremely tired. Molly had a knee injury, Aleah has a foot injury and Anna’s hamstring was hurting her. I’d love to see what we could do if we were healthy, but at that point in the year, it’s not necessarily about who’s healthy. It’s who has the right kind of mind. I’d take our four girls over anybody, any day.”

The team earned 44 total points from five events, finishing behind state champions Dallas Carter, to give the school its best finish from a girls’ track team and second silver-medal finish from either a boys’ or girls’ track team at state (the 1962 boys’ team also finished second at state).

“We’re excited. I’m thrilled for the result that we got from the team we took to the state meet,” Aldrich said. “It was a team effort without a doubt, having Megan there, scoring as many points as she did, put us in the hunt and the (4x400) relay and Anna in the 400 got enough points for us to move from fifth to second. They did an outstanding job.”

 

FHS boys’ track

Bryce Raders ended his FHS track and field career by proving that he’s the cream of the crop in Class 4A.

It took three tries for the Utah State-bound senior to clear his opening height, but by the end of the day, he finished with a personal-best 16 foot, 1 inch mark and the state pole vault title he’s chased the last two seasons.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Raders said. “It’s unreal.”

It was a near flashback to last year’s state meet, where Raders failed to clear his opening height of 15 feet in three tries.

“It was a normal day with Bryce,” coach Gilbert Renaud said. “I tell him, ‘You’re not vaulting unless my head’s in my hands and I’m looking away.’ That third jump, I knew he had it. It was just a matter of moving up his standards and stuff.

“The nerves were more for his parents than me. I figured he had it.”

His final mark was just a half foot short of Victor Weirich’s school-best 16 foot 7 inch clearance in 2006.

Raders and fellow senior Sean Majors, who finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 6.5 inches, earned a combined 12 points to finish as the 17th place team.

Majors is also college-bound, set to sign his track scholarship to Trinity University in San Antonio today.

“That makes it really neat,” Renaud said. “Just having kids go to the next level from our program, it makes us feel good as a track community. The coaches and these other young men get to see their friends go to the next level. It makes it worth it.”

 

UIL Class 4A

Track and Field

State Championships

May 11-12 in Austin

 

Girls’ results

1. Dallas Carter ......................  60

2. FHS ....................................  44

3. Atlanta ................................  37

4. Kennedale ..........................  34

5. Tex. Liberty-Eylau ..............  33

6. Bandera ..............................  32

7. Giddings .............................  28

8. Llano ..................................  22

 

100 meter hurdles: 3. Megan Daley, 14.75.

400 meter dash: 5. Anna Gold, 58.62.

300 meter hurdles: 1. Daley, 44.75.

4x400 meter relay: 2. Gold, Aleah Constantine, Molly Pluenneke, Daley, 3:58.00

High jump: 1. Daley, 5-6.

 

Boys’ results

1. Dallas Carter ......................  58

2. Stafford ...............................  52

3. Carthage ............................  28

4. Sealy ..................................  26

4. Kilgore ................................  26

6. Silsbee ...............................  24

7. Crandall ..............................  23

8. Taylor ............................  20.33

17. FHS ................................... 12

 

High jump: 5. Sean Majors, 22-6.5

Pole vault: 1. Bryce Raders, 16-1.

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