Tomball Memorial’s Lynch confident that program will compete at next level
The Tomball Memorial girls track and field program has been getting ready to step into a 6A role next year.
Fifth-year Tomball Memorial head coach Sydney Lynch treats track very much as a team sport and tries building team commodity.
This year, that building process has continued and they’re definitely making a name for themselves after a down year by placing higher (third) at the district meet.
“That exceeded my expectations of what we wanted,” Lynch said. “That’s definitely a better place than where we were last year.”
At the district meet they scored more points than they have all season.
Tomball Memorial placed third with 78 points at the District 20-5A meet, April 4-5, at Brenham High School. They qualified seven athletes to the area meet. Huntsville placed first and Bridgeland first.
“For every one of my kids, whether they made to area or not, I’m extremely proud of our performances all year,” Lynch said.
The Wildcats competed hard at the district meet a year ago but placed sixth. The team had graduated a lot of seniors the year prior.
Including Ryan Roane who was a big team leader, a high scorer and won just about every she competed in.
Lynch was curious to see who would step into that leadership role and she’s had multiple athletes step in that have taken the team to the next level.
The freshmen class from this year have been standouts in Julene Sada and Alexa Riddle.
“They don’t really even realize how good they are,” Lynch said. “The stages that they’re able to compete on and be successful in most kids don’t even get to see in their four-year career. And their getting to experience that as a freshman.”
Alexa advanced to three events in the area and also played soccer where the team advanced to the fifth round of the playoffs.
The Wildcats made it to the Texas Relays, the biggest meet in the country, and the two freshmen are already competing at that level.
On top of that, there were multiple class leaders like senior Phoenix Stevenson, junior Grace Perez and sophomore Christina Sancho-Spor that also lead the way.
“To have that many girls, that I can rely on to get the point across of how important it is to advance far in terms of standing and where we’re trying to compete,” Lynch said.
Lynch likes to find out where her kids are mentally all the time, where their expectations are, get them to raise their own expectations and make advancements.
“We’re definitely still peeking with what we want,” Lynch said. “We want to be continuing to better our times, improve our scores as we’re going through what’s basically the playoffs for track,” Lynch said.
The Wildcats placed seventh (42 points) at the Area 19/20 meet, April 18-19, at Brenham High School.
Then they placed 31st (six points) at the Region III-5A meet, April 27-28, at Turner Stadium in Humble.
“I treat my job as service to these kids, if they’re successful that’s all I can ask for,” Lynch said. “It’s great to get the accolades and those kinds of things, but when a kid makes a PR, even if they don’t advance, I’m thrilled,” Lynch said.
Lynch has been coaching track and field for seven years and was an assistant for two years when Tomball Memorial opened in 2011.
“I’ve been able to see a lot of growth, not only within the track program but within the school and the community,” Lynch said. “It’s definitely been a positive experience.”
The Wildcats didn’t start the season where they wanted but ended up meeting their district goal of advancing athletes to the area meet and competed against teams that are going to be 6A next year.
“The intensity has all been very much guided by our coaching staff that has made a focus on track,” Lynch said.
District meet results
Sancho-Spor placed first in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:31.4 and second (5:20.39) in the 1600-meter run.
Perez placed first in the long jump (17-06) and Olivia Larsen placed second (9-00) in the pole vault (11-06).
The 4x200 meter relay team placed second (1:43.82) and the 4x100 fourth (50.04).
Riddle placed third (12.38) in the 100-meter dash and Sada placed third (26.29) in the 200-meter dash.
Sancho-Spor placed second (11:17.68) in the 3200-meter run and Riddle placed third (12.26) in the 100-meter dash.
The 4x200 meter relay placed second (1:42.85) and Sada placed third (25.40) in the 200-meter dash.
Sancho-spore placed third (11:21.72) in the 3200-meter run and the 4x200 meter relay team placed seventh (1:44.98).