Vaulter Koonce advances to state
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Bobcat Logan Koonce cleared 14 feet with no missed to win the regional competition and advance to the state track meet Friday, May 14. He will vault at 9 a.m.

Coach Jacob Ray said Logan left no doubt who the best vaulter at the track meet was. He cleared everything on his first attempt and kept the pressure on the other vaulters.

“They cracked and he did not,” the coach said. “I am proud and happy for him, he worked very hard this season to accomplish his goal. He absolutely deserves it.

Sixteen athletes competing in 21 different events last Monday and Tuesday at the Regional track meet in San Antonio.

Farrell Flowers also represented the Bobcats very well in the pole vault, the 300 hurdles, sprint relay and as anchor of the 800-meter relay.

“Farrell was the undisputed leader of our track team this season he will be terribly missed,” said Coach Ray.

Ray’s young track team shows a lot of potential for next season.

Terrence Smith also had a strong meet. He anchored the sprint relay, ran on the 800 meter relay and the 100 meter dash. He finished third in the 100m by .02 seconds.

“It had to go to video to be sure if he was second or third,” Ray said. “I saw the video with my own eyes and they got it right, but it was close.”

Carlos Cordero ran the 800 m and the 3200m. He ran a personal best in the 800 with a 2:02.3 but came up just short of making the finals.

“Carlos is a great runner and we are looking forward to great things from him next year,” said Coach Ray.

Brian Hobbs competed in the high jump, long jump and the triple jump.

“Brian has been hampered with a bad ankle for close to the month which has really hurt his explosion,” Ray said. “I really appreciate Brian for sticking it out and competing when he was obviously not 100 percent healthy. He is a great competitor and it just shows the kind of person he is,” said Coach Ray.

Dylan Klare competed in the shot put. He threw just over 47 feet and finished in eighth place.

“He has given so much to Refugio High School, I am just thankful that I was able to have the opportunity to coach an athlete like Dylan,” said Coach Ray.

John Q. Stanley, Daniel Loveday and Jarrod Contreras all ran on the mile relay. The relay did not make the finals but all of the athletes ran good, strong races, Ray added.

“We will miss John Q. after he graduates and I wish him the best of luck,” Ray said. “Daniel and Jarrod will both be back competing next season.”

Senior Rudy Solis threw the discus. He did not make the finals but has been a sole contributor to the track team this year.

“Rudy is such a great kid to have around, he has been a joy to work with, Ray said.

Gino Dodge qualified in the long jump and was an alternate on the sprint and 800 meter relays.

“Gino is probably the most explosive athlete in our entire program,” Ray said. “He is also a great competitor. Gino is just a junior and will be back running for the Bobcats next season.”

Quentin Bellows qualified in the high jump.

“He has shown flashes of being an unbelievable high jumper. When he is on, he can jump with anyone in the region Quentin is just a junior and will be back jumping again next year,” Ray said.

Cory Brown competed in the sprint and 800 meter relays.

“Cory has been a strong leg on our relays all season. He has been consistent and reliable. Being just a sophomore he has two more seasons to compete for the Bobcats,” Ray said.

Malcolm Franklin qualified for regionals in the 110 meter hurdles.

“I believe that he made the biggest improvement of any athlete from the start of the season until the end,” Ray said. “Malcolm is just a freshman and has many years left to represent Refugio.”

Jack Gumm qualified as an alternate for the pole vault. While he did not compete at regional, he received experience and hopefully be back next year as a competitor.

Logan Myers qualified in the discus.

“Logan is one of the most dedicated throwers we have,” Ray said. “He absolutely loves it and wants to be great at it. I have no doubt he will have a long and successful track career. Logan is just freshman.”

Marcus Thompson is also another freshman. He qualified in the long jump, triple jump, spring relay, 800 relay and mile relay.

“Anytime you have an athlete qualify in five events, it is special. The fact that he did it as a freshman makes it remarkable.”

“Thanks to all the athletes, coaches, parents and fans that helped make this another great year for Refugio track,” said Coach Ray.
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