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Lady Crusader track and field bound for state meet in Waco next week

Practice makes perfect, but somehow Lady Crusader track and field did pretty darn good this week without much practice at all.
St. John will be sending five female athletes to the 2008 TAPPS State Track and Field Championships on May 2-3 at Waco’s Hart-Patterson Track Complex. At the 1A level, a top-two finish at the district meet vaults a given athlete straight to the state competition. The Lady Crusaders took part in their district meet on Tuesday in Dallas.
Carli Bragg qualified for state in a trio of field events, led by a first-place finish in the triple jump (33’6 1/4"). The junior took second in both the long jump (15’7 1/2") and the high jump (4’10”).
Bragg practiced just twice for each field event, as she went to Ennis Junior High to receive help on her marks and technique from coach Kari Hodges.
“We’ve done high jump in PE since elementary [school], but it was my last event after the triple jump and long jump – my legs were ready to give out and I didn’t have a lot left,” Bragg said.
Carli won the triple jump by leaps and bounds, as the second-place finisher only cleared 27’.
Overall, she was definitely pleased to qualify for the big dance in three individual events.
“I really like the triple jump,” Bragg said.
“Most people think it’s hard, but it’s easier than the long jump for me and my timing was really good [on Tuesday]. I was pretty happy with my results because second is just as good as first to qualify for state and have another shot at first. As long as I made it to state, that was fine with me.”
Fellow junior Leslie Bell was the other Lady Crusader to qualify for state in an individual event, taking second place in the discus with an effort of 58’9 1/4".
As for the running events, the relay quartet of Jennifer Maliska, Amy Daigle, Samantha Pleiner and Bragg qualified for state in two races – pulling out second place in both the 400-meter relay and the 800-meter relay.
“Leslie did really good in the discus without much practice and almost won first,” Bragg said.
“I think we have a good chance in both relays at state. Jennifer started us off good on both races; we just need to work on our handoffs. We had two bad handoffs that probably kept us from winning the 400-meter relay considering we lost by only three-hundredths of a second.”
Carli knows the relay team will at least be able to work on their handoffs today and possibly early next week. A perfect example of how the St. John athletes were able to find success with minimal preparation, the other Lady Crusaders taught Daigle what to do on handoffs at the district meet itself.
As for Bragg and her five events at state, Carli thinks she’ll be able to take one at a time and put forth her best effort.
“I took a little nap between the field events and the running events [at district],” she said.
“There was just enough time for me to rest between each event. The running (Saturday) and field (Friday) events are on separate days at state, so I should be good to go.”
State is a different animal than district, but one thing’s for sure – a little practice could go a long way for the Lady Crusaders over the next week.

Junior high results
The junior high Lady Crusaders also competed at district with excellent results. As for field events, Kamren Bragg won the high jump (4’2”) and placed second in the long jump (13’2”). Abby Liska won the triple jump (27’4”), while Candice Hager placed third in the shot put.
On the track, Bragg finished third in the 100-meter dash. Liska placed second in the 400 meters and third in the 200 meters. The team of Candice Hager, Ann Bartolic, Paige Hubacek and Bragg brought home second in the 800-meter relay.
Junior high boys’ results haven’t been obtained at this point.

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