St. Michael’s Catholic Academy men’s and women’s track teams both won their respective TAPPS 5A North regional championship in historic fashion on April 25 at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth. The men's team was led by a dominating performance in the final event, the 4 x 400 meter relay. The team of Sebastian Cascarano, Reece Anderson, Stone Sears and Jack Esparza dominated in a quality field by posting the state’s fastest qualifying mark headed in to the State Meet set for 5/4/19.
In total the SMCA men are sending nine athletes across 10 events to the state finals. Jackson Long qualified second in the 3200M and 1600M runs. Joe Eichorst nabbed the 7th seed in the 800m dash. The men’s 4x200m relay of Vaughn Malone, Cascarano, Sears and Anderson took 2nd and are headed to state as the 3rd seed. Cascarano also qualified as the state’s 6th seed in the 200M dash. The Crusaders turned in good performances in the field events as well. Nathan Vondrak took second place in the shot put; Thomas McCarthy qualified for the state meet, taking 4th in both the high jump and pole vault; and Stone Sears nabbed a spot at state by taking second in the triple jump.
The St. Michael’s women turned in a virtuoso performance in winning five regional championships on the track and qualifying nine athletes in eight events. Two-time defending state champion Kinga Parrish turned in the most dominating performances of the meet in winning the 800M dash by a 10 full seconds. Minutes later Parrish crushed the field in the 400M dash running the fastest time in the state and setting a new SMCA record at 58.90 seconds. Mary Hodapp, not to be outdone, also took home two individual titles in the 3200M and 1600M runs, posting the top marks in each headed to Saturday’s state meet. Parrish and Hodapp then teamed with Jennifer Thomson and Molly Van Ackeren in winning the 4x400M relay earning the state’s 1st seed headed to State. The ladies 4x200M relay team of Van Ackeren, Caroline Treadwell, Sidney Kaliher and Thomson took second in a season best performance and earned the state’s 3rd seed in the process. Freshman Camille Terracina punched her ticket to State taking second in the 3200M and fourth in the 1600M. Fellow freshman Sydney Osgood earned her spot in the state final with a bronze medal in the 800M. Thomson also took third in the 300M hurdles and Kiele Shultz took second in the pole vault securing the 3rd state seed.
The Crusaders will be competing in the TAPPS 5A Track and Field State Championship on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at Panther Stadium in Waco, Texas. Congratulations to all the state qualifiers and good luck at state!