HANS OFF
Klondike's Al;exi Bushong takes the hand off from  Stephanie Acevedo during one of the relay races at last weekend's state track meet in Austin.
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HANS OFF Klondike's Al;exi Bushong takes the hand off from Stephanie Acevedo during one of the relay races at last weekend's state track meet in Austin. -

Although this area’s  contingent came home empty handed last weekend from the UIL Class 1A State Track & Field Championships as far as medals were concerned, they did not make the trip back home from Austin without still proving that they could run with the best.
The Klondike Cougars came up just short of that medal stand at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of  Texas.
Klondike’s track girls finished fourth in the 400-meter relay with a time of 51.83. Gorman won the gold in that race after being clocked in 51 seconds flat. The Cougars narrowly were denied the bronze in that race, which instead went to Water Valley that was clocked at 51.60. Members of the Cougars’ sprint relay were Megan Arismendez,  Savannah Wiebe, Macy Sharp and Alexi Bushong.
A year after winning the 1A girls’ 800-meter relay, Klondike’s track girls took fourth in that race last Saturday with a time of 1:49.00. Members of that Cougar relay were Macy Sharp, Savannah Wiebe, Stephanie Acevedo and Alexi Bushong. Again, it was Water Valley that edged the Cougars out of the bronze in that race as the Wildcats were clocked at 1:48.78. Blum was crowned as the 1A state champion in that race with a time of 1:47.77.
“We still ended up running our best time of the year in both of those races, which is just another sign of the way that they kept getting better. Obviously, our girls were a little disappointed about not getting  back up on that medal stand again after getting that close, but that’s another sign of their competitiveness. Our girls did everything that we wanted them to do all year and once again we’re very proud of how they not only performed again this weekend, but also of their determination,” Klondike Coach Braxton Allison said of his Cougars’ showing at Austin.
“At the first of the year, our girls were running a 1:57 (in the 1,600-meter relay), so we basically knocked nine seconds off of our time from beginning to end.”
Outside of anchoring both relay teams, Klondike’s Bushong also took seventh in the 1A girls’ long jump last Friday night at Austin.

 

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