“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
*NOTE: You must be a Patriot Pass holder in order to participate in any FEAST sport.
FEAST closed the season with an excellent performance at the Texas Homeschool Track and Field Championship, sweeping the competition to win the Varsity and JV divisions and setting four new school records.
Champions in the Varsity division are: Aidan Carlson in the 3200 meter and 1600 meter runs, Alexandra Lanoce in the 100 dash, Justin Gould in the 400 meter dash, Isaiah Hudgens in the 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and pole vault, Mikell Everett in Discus, and David Rivera in the javelin.
The relay teams performed excellently, winning all twelve of the relays and setting two new records in the male and female 4x100s.
School records set at the state meet include: Aiden Carlson, breaking the record in the 3200 with a time of 9:17; Justin Gould, breaking the 400 meter dash by 0.39 seconds with a time of 50.76, and both of the Varsity 4×100 teams broke school records by approximately 0.10 seconds (the old records were 44.08 for the men and a 52.28 by the women).
In the JV division; Sophia Sabo won the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles; Chase Hill won the 110 meter and 300 hurdles; Angel Martinez won the 100 meter dash; Roger Martinez won the 400 meter dash; and Malachi Hudgens won the pole vault.
The middle school division also performed well, winning every division except for the 10U and 14U boys.
The seniors graduating this year are: Bethany Farias, Hannah Newman, Hannah Macias, Jacob Benitez, Chandler Myles, Josiah Perez, and Aiden Carlson. The FEAST coaches honored them at the end-of-season fellowship.
18 FEAST Athletes Compete in the Texas Relays
In March 30-31, 18 members of the FEAST varsity track team competed at the 2018 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. 18 is the highest number of FEAST athletes that have qualified to compete in the meet. FEAST sent a girls distance medley team, a girls 4×800 meter team, boys and girls 4×100 meter teams, a boys 4×400 meter team, and five athletes who qualified to compete in individual events. Our athletes performed well under high pressure at one of the most competitive track meets in the country.
TEXAS RELAY RESULTS:
Girls’ DMR: Grace White, Alexandra Lanoce, Bethany Farias, Kaycee Keller – 13th place (time of 12:45.48)
Girls’ 4×800: Lauren Bettencourt, Grace White, Kaycee Keller, Arianna Farias – 6th place (time of 9:58.14)
Boys’ 4×100: David Rivera, Justin Gould, Jacob Benitez, Christian McDonald – 28th place (total time of 45.26)
Girls 4×100: Hannah Newman, Madison Touchet, Leah Gonzalez, Alexandra Lanoce (time of 53.52)
Boys 4×400: Joshua Hancock, Isaiah Hudgens, David Rivera, Justin Gould – 25th place (time of 3:32.86)
3200: Emma Heslop – 9th place (time of 11:13.22) Aiden Carlson – 7th place (time of 9:25.31)
100 Hurdles Hannah Newman (time of 17.36)
110 Hurdles Isaiah Hudgens – 16th place (time of 15.60)
100 Meters Alexandra Lanoce (time of 13.05)
FEAST Track and Field Meet Results
Lauren Bettencourt from FEAST was chosen to compete in the two-kilometer steeplechase at the Victor Lopez Classic, held at Rice University. She finished in third place overall with a time of 7:32.01.
Lauren posted a video on her Youtube channel, Run4Eternity, about her first experience at the Victor Lopez Classic titled “Rice Is Nice: Lauren Bettencourt Steeplechase at Rice University”.
At the varsity-only Clemens Invitational, notable performances included Mikell Everett, who placed second in Varsity Boys discus with a throw of 139’8”, Arianna Farias winning the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:12.22, and Lauren Bettencourt finishing third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:25.35.
FEAST performed extremely well at the Bandera High School meet, winning the meet in all four divisions (JV Girls, JV Boys, Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys). Two boys’ school records were broken at the meet. Aiden Carlson broke the nine-year-old school record in the 800 by 0.33 seconds, formerly held by Stephen Dunn. Aiden’s time was 1:59.38.
David Rivera, Justin Gould, Jacob Benitez and Christian McDonald broke the three-year-old 4×100 school record by 0.38 secs formerly held by Bryce Benitez, James Fierros, Tony Maldonado and Kyren Stewart. The new record is 44.18.
Other notable performances include Kaycee Keller, with an eighteen-second personal record in the 3200, Claudia Alba with an eight-second personal record in the 800, and Aiden Carlson with a six-second personal record in the 1600. One of the more exciting races was when FEAST’s anchor leg on the JV Girls 4×100, MacKenzie Driggers passed 3 other teams on her final leg to win the event.
The middle-school team also performed well this month, with the eighth-grade girl’s team finishing third at the Randolph Ro-hawk Relays and second at the SACS meet.
Texas Homeschool State Track & Field Championships
Date: Saturday, April 28
Location: Marion High School
Website for registering and more info: http://txhstrack.wixsite.com/state
Website for entering into events: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/322784/register
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- April 9 (Monday) Midnight: Deadline to preorder State Meet T shirts ($12 cotton, $16 dri fit)
- April 15 (Sunday) Midnight: Deadline for Registering at the $13.50 registration fee.
- April 16-22: Late Registration, $20 per athlete.
- April 22 (Sunday) Midnight: Registration AND event entry CLOSES
- April 23 (Monday) 9pm: Deadline for submitting entry corrections to Seth Brower
If you have any further questions please contact the State Meet Director, David Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the 2018 track schedule shown above here.
The FEAST high school team began the season with strong performances at their first meets of the season, placing high across the board at the St. Mary’s Hall All-Relays meet. Their performance, at the Dripping Springs Relays and the Smithson Valley Relays, during the following two weeks were strong as well, but the more competitive atmosphere resulted in a lower score. The events in which FEAST has the most success are the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run, with athletes such as Aidan Carlson, Grace White, Emma Heslop, Arianna Farias, and Kaycee Keller consistently leading the field.
Several athletes achieved significant personal records this month, the most significant being a improvement of 17.86 seconds in the 3,200-meter run by Mark Braymer. Other notable personal records include Grace White, who improved her time in the 3,200-meter run by four seconds, Claudia Alba with an improvement of 2.27 seconds in the 800 meters, and Alyse Caddell with an improvement of 2.76 seconds in the 400 meter race.
A few changes to the schedule have been made. FEAST will not be participating in the NEISD meet; instead, both the junior varsity and the varsity teams will compete in the Bandera Pre-District meet on April 4. The Antonian Last Chance meet was also scratched from the schedule, with the SACS meet taking its place.
FEAST sent several of its varsity distance athletes to compete at the Texas Distance Festival in Dallas, which took place on March 17. Meanwhile, in San Antonio, several athletes competed at the Alamo Mile.
The middle school team achieved high scores early in the season, notably winning first place in the 7th and 8th grade girls’ division at the San Antonio Christian school meet. They have run at three meets so far this season.
The FEAST MS home meet will take place at Randolph Air Force Base on April 14. Other events to look forward to on the middle school calendar are the ISAL Meet on April 17, the TAIAO State Meet on April 21, and Home School State on April 28.
February 17, First Meet of the Season
The FEAST Track and Field team will be competing at the Baron’s All Relay Meet at St. Mary’s Hall on February 17, 2018. Everyone is excited for the first meet of the year!
Relay races have been around since 1883 and involved a flag instead of an aluminum baton. Since the flags were so cumbersome, the runners would often tap the next runner instead of passing the flag along. Ten years after the introduction of relays, a baton was substituted for the flag. The first Olympic relay was in 1908 and covered 1600 meters. However, instead of four athletes running four equal-distance legs, four athletes ran a medley relay. The first two ran 200 meters each, followed by a 400 runner with an 800 as the final event.
The modern relay involves four athletes on a 400 meter track. Together, the athletes cover 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 meter distances. Each relay is run in four equal parts. The first leg starts the relay; if the distance of their leg is 400 meters or fewer, they will usually start in blocks. The second and third leg maintain or advance the placing, and the fourth and fastest runner (the “anchor”) finishes the race. The baton can only be passed in the exchange zones. There is also a distance medley relay, which involves four athletes running a 400, an 800, a 1200, and a 1600.
Athletes participating in field events can compete in relays too. Teams of two throw or jump, and their two total distances are added. The athletes with the longest combined jumps or throws win the event.
Best of luck to the FEAST athletes as they compete in their first meet of the season! Go Patriots!
Feb. 17, St. Mary’s Hall Relays – JV and Varsity
Feb. 24, Dripping Springs HS – JV and Varsity
Mar. 3, Smithson Valley HS – JV and Varsity
Mar. 8, LaVernia HS – JV and Varsity
Mar. 22, Medina Valley HS – JV and Varsity
Mar. 29, Clemens HS – Varsity Only
Apr. 4, Bandera HS – JV Only
Apr. 5, NEISD – Varsity Only Heroes Stadium
Apr. 12, Antonian Prep – Partial Team
Apr. 21, TAIAO Championship – JV and Varsity Keene, TX
Apr. 28, Home School State Meet – JV and Varsity Marion HS
• Coach David Dunn is the head coach of the FEAST track team. As a successful runner himself, Coach Dunn offers great experience and guidance to each of the athletes. The members of the team can look forward to many great learning experiences and fun practices under his instruction.
• Coach Mark Jones will be coaching the distance runners. Having prior track experience as well as coaching the cross-country team, Coach Jones offers excellent training and drives his athletes to perform to the best of their abilities.
• Coach Robert Benitez coaches the sprinters and relay teams. His experience with sprinting combined with his epic announcing skills definitely make him an excellent coach.
• Coach Doug Halsell returns as the middle school head coach and the hurdles coach, driving the hurdlers toward success in their event.
• Coach Kendall Keller leads the team in muscle fitness and prepares them for outstanding performances during meets. She also coaches the mid-distance runners, training them for success in their events. Perhaps the most important part of track is the strength it takes to perform.
• Coach Robby Farias coaches the long jump and triple jump, and Coach Damon Touchet leads the high jumpers.
This year, Coach Jonathan Mills will coach the pole vault.
• Coach Chris Newman leads the throwers.
2018 Patriot Track and Field Is Ready to Go!!
There is still time left to join the FEAST Patriot Track and Field team! Hopefully you will be able to attend one of the Track Kickoff Meetings on Jan 4th or Jan 8th at 6:30pm at FEAST. If not, you must contact Coach Dunn at email@example.com and he will provide you with a list of instructions for you. If you attended one of the Track Kickoff Meetings then all you need to do is register (see below) and follow the guidance provided at the Kickoff Meeting.
ONLINE REGISTRATION You must register on-line at the FEAST website. The track registration fee is $75 with a $250 max/family. You also need to purchase a Patriot Pass to participate in track or in other FEAST activity. You cannot join the team or practice until registration has been completed. Meet uniforms are covered by the registration fee, but you will enter the size needed when you register. Track Registration will close on January 17th.
ADDITIONAL COSTS You will be buying the team meet shorts and will need to provide your own running shoes. High schoolers can buy our HS team warm ups or provide your own. Middle schoolers should provide their own. You can use or buy your own spikes or sign out a pair for the season from the team’s inventory. There is also the option to purchase team t-shirts if you wish. All meet entry fees and meet equipment (shot put, batons, poles) are provided by the team and your registration fee.
PRACTICES The team will practice each Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 to 6:30pm at Randolph High School. The first practices are listed below.
First High School Practice
• Jan 17th, 4:45pm, At River City Community Church, 16765 Lookout Rd, Selma, TX 78154
High School Skills Assessment
• Jan 29th, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS
First Middle School Practice
• Jan 31st, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS
Middle School Skills Assessment
• Feb 5th, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS
During the Skills Assessment practices, the athletes will be tested to determine which event they are best suited for.
High School Meet Schedule
|Feb 17||St. Mary’s Hall Relay||JV & Var|
|Feb 24||Dripping Springs HS||JV & Var|
|Mar 3||Smithson Valley HS||JV & Var|
|Mar 8||LaVernia HS||JV & Var|
|Mar 22||Medina Valley HS||JV & Var|
|Mar 29||Clemens HS||Var Only|
|Apr 4||Bandera HS||JV Only|
|Apr 5||NEISD||Var Only||Heroes Stadium|
|Apr 12||Antonian Prep||Partial Team|
|Apr 21||TAIAO Championship||JV & Var||Keene, Tx|
|Apr 28||Home School State Meet||JV & Var||Marion HS|
The MS Meet schedule is still being developed but their first meet will be Feb 23rd at Medina Valley HS.
If you have any additional questions about the FEAST Track and Field program contact Coach Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. FEAST Patriots Track & Field
Get Ready to Run – Patriot Track and Field is Here!!
Kickoff Meetings at FEAST January 4th or 8th, 6:30pm
The FEAST Patriot Track and Field Team is looking for new athletes, especially middle schoolers! If you are a home schooler in grades 6 through 12, and you are interested in becoming a Patriot on the FEAST Track and Field Team then this is for you!
You must register on-line at the FEAST Website which will become available in January. The track registration fee is $75 with a $250 max/family. You also need to purchase a Patriot Pass to participate in track or in other FEAST activity. You cannot join the team or practice until registration has been completed. Meet uniforms are covered by the registration fee, but you will enter the size needed when you register.
You will be buying the team meet shorts and will need to provide your own running shoes. High schoolers can buy our HS team warm-ups or provide your own. Middle schoolers should provide their own. You can use or buy your own spikes or sign out a pair for the season from the team’s inventory. There is also the option to purchase team t-shirts if you wish. All meet entry fees and meet equipment (shot put, batons, poles) will be provided.
TRACK AND FIELD KICKOFF MEETINGS, January 4th and 8th at 6:30pm
You and one parent must attend one of the upcoming FEAST Track and Field Kickoff Meetings to be held in the FEAST Burwood Hall. At this meeting you will learn all about the upcoming season. In addition we will cover the following items at the meeting: • Try on and change your uniform top size order if needed • Review meet and practice schedules • Track and Field Orientation session • Answer any of your questions
PRACTICES and MEETS.
The team will practice each Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 to 6:30pm at Randolph High School. During the Skills Assessment practices, the athletes will be tested to determine which event they are best suited for. The first practices are listed below.
• Jan 17th, 4:45pm, At McAllister Park, First High School Practice
• Jan 29th, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS, High School Skills Assessment
• Jan 31st, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS, First Middle School Practice
• Feb 5th, 4:45pm, At Randolph HS, Middle School Skills Assessment
If you have any additional questions about the FEAST Track and Field program contact Coach Dunn at email@example.com.
Track and Field 2017
As the track season came to a close with fellowship and food on May 11th, the FEAST Patriots took a look back at another incredible season. With speeches from coaches and senior athletes, the 2017 season, along with the legacy of past seasons, was celebrated.
Despite a slow start for the high school program, the Patriots finished well, winning the Home School State Meet in the Varsity Boys and Girls and Junior Varsity Boys with Junior Varsity Girls finishing a strong 3rd place. Perhaps more impressive than the program’s overall success was the individual excellence this season. Six athletes qualified for Texas Relays. Over fifteen athletes qualified for the Texas Meet of Champions. Evidence of the Patriot’s athletes prowess as compared to athletes outside the home school community can be found in their state rankings. Joshua Gardenhire ranks 6th in the state in javelin. John Estrada stands 10th in the area in Discus. Steven Finley ranks 8th in the area in 110m Hurdles. Riley McGrath is 10th in the area in the 1600m run. These athletes will continue to improve over the next years. In fact, Steven Finley plans to continue his career in college as a Dallas Baptist University athlete. Finishing well is a trait constantly impressed on the high school program, and 2017 was a fine showing of that trait.
The middle school program had an outstanding year on both an individual and team level. The team had eight place finishes across the divisions at highly competitive meets. The middle school program swept the middle school divisions championships except 12u Boys who finished a strong 3rd. Young and eager to compete, individual athletes and relay teams smashed eleven records this season. The future is bright for both the high school program and middle school program as strong young athletes rise in the ranks. The FEAST Patriots look to this bright future as they reload for many more years of Patriot track and field.
Perfecting their Skills & Getting Ready for State!
The FEAST Track Teams have hit their stride as they enter the middle of the season. Athletes are beginning to specialize in specific events and work hard to perfect their skills. “It’s great to see these kids coming together and really building on what they learned early in the season,” says Coach David Dunn.
The FEAST High School Team, led by Coach David Dunn, is well into its meet season. Competing in meets ranging from small 3A competitions to top-class 6A meets, the FEAST Patriots run with class and excellence wherever they go. The Patriots continue to hold their own and give their all in a meet schedule consisting of Smithson Valley, Dripping Springs, Canyon Lake, and St. Stephens. FEAST Patriots High Jumper, Isaiah Hudgens, has reached new heights as he broke the standing school high jump record at the opening meet of the year with a clearance of 6’ 0”. He looks poised to sharpen his already impressive jumps in the coming weeks. Steven Finley also continues to excel as one of the forefront hurdlers of the Patriots. His speed in the 110 and 300-meter hurdle events consistently puts points on the board and a FEAST uniform on the podium. The team looks forward to even greater competition in the coming weeks at Texas Relays, Clemens, and the Home School State Meet.
Led by Coach Doug Halsell, the FEAST Middle School Team is also beginning their season. After an excellent performance at Navarro Middle School Relays the Patriots look poised to excel at later meets including the FEAST Patriot Meet and the ISAL District Championship. Libby McGrath broke 10 year middle school records in the 1600 meters (5:13) and 2400 meters (8:04). Kiana Van Haaren also broke the middle school record in the 100 meters (13.29). Additionally the FEAST Middle School Record in the 4×100 meter relay was broken by Chase Hill, Roger Martinez, Micah Gentry and Justin Gould (48.68).
Both FEAST Middle School and High School Teams continue to prepare for the Home School State Meet on April 29th in Hutto, Texas.
This year’s seniors include:
|Skye Hudgens||Jordan Lindsey||Andrew Maldonado||Jeffrey Martin|
|Kevin McDonald II||Colin McLaren||Hannah Newman||Anna Richter|
|John Stigall||Jacob Holley||Ashlynn York||Garret Solombrino|
|Jeffrey Dagerath||Hannah Estrada||Joshua Gould||Saige Hudgens|
Anyone who has questions regarding FEAST Track and Field should contact Coach David Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. The majority of team practices are held Monday and Wednesday evenings at Randolph High School.