LHHS Track & Field headed for State


By Joseph Garcia

The Liberty Hill’s premier track and field athletes spent the weekend in Corpus Christi competing in the Region IV Meet April 27-28, against some of the best in the state. Twenty Panthers made the trip to the coast and five made it back having qualified for the State Meet in Austin.

Held at Wildcat Stadium–Phil Danaher Field in Corpus Christi, the conditions were seemingly brutal for the Region IV athletes. It was hot (about 90 degrees), a bit humid and the wind was blowing gusts at least 20 mph.

“It was really windy, but the same for everyone,” acknowledged Liberty Hill girl’s track and field coach Gretchen Peterson. “Times weren’t great, but the kids did the best they could.”

And the best of the best included Liberty Hill senior Susie Kemper who, as expected, finished first in the 800 and 1600-meter runs, clocking times of 2 minutes 21.64 seconds and 5:24.45.

The other State qualifier for the girls was Jessica Green who made it through with a gold medal in the high jump with an attempt of 5-6.

Green, last year’s State

Champion in the 100-meter hurdles, just missed qualifying for that event as she placed third with a time of 14.95. Ahead of her were Abby Sheppard of Cuero (14.50) and Catherine Bloomfield of Lampasas (14.56).

Three boys will represent Liberty Hill at the State Meet in 2012.

Cameron Cardwell, Andrew Waller-De la Rosa and Jadon Durity-Boatright will don the purple and gold for the Panthers in Austin.

As is tradition, Cardwell and Waller-De la Rosa finished 1-2 in the 800-meter run. But this time Cardwell placed first while his best friend Waller-De la Rosa took silver, running times of 1:59.56 and 2:00.34, respectively.

The duo was favored along with Nik Crozier and Brian Cantwell in the 4×400, but the Panthers were surprised with a fourth-place result behind Ingleside, Sweeny and Cuero.

And then there is Durity-Boatright, who won district titles in both the long and triple jumps. In Corpus, the junior took second place in the long jump with a 22-1. He matched winner Floyd Bess in distance, but did not hit on all of his attempts. In the triple jump, Durity-Boatright also earned the silver with an attempt of 47-1 1/2.

“(We are) proud of all of them,” Peterson said. “They represented our district and school extremely well (in Corpus Christi). And we are excited about (practicing) the next two weeks and the state meet.”

The State Meet will be held May 11-12 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.