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Interpreters create bond with deaf athletes

By Nicholas Talbot

Jared Kendall knew it wasn’t fair.

So, he stayed.

The Lubbock ISD sign language interpreter kept helping Nickolas Roman as he continued practicing for the Deaf Olympics even though Roman had already graduated from Coronado High School.

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Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

HS Cross Country Roundup - October 17

Saturday, October 15, 2016

2016 Texas Cross Country Distict Meet
L to R: Ashley Harlicker, 8th overall; Joe Cardenas, 3rd overall; Jaida Scott, 12th overall.
(Photo courtesy of TSD Athletics)

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, TSD’s Homecoming Day, Texas Cross-Country traveled to Marble Falls to participate in the TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) District 4A-3 meet. We brought our full team of nine runners.

Front-runners, Ashley Harlicker (9th grade) and Jaida Scott (10th grade) tested their mettle against one another once again. Harlicker took the lead over Scott mid-way through the 2-mile run to finish 8th overall in a new season best and school record time of 14:18, with Scott in pursuit, finishing 12th overall with a personal best time of 14:47. Both Harlicker and Scott earned district medals.

Others representing the Texas and top-five finishers were Yasmin Watkins (12th grade), Kimberly Gonzalez (11th grade), and Jordan Leach (9th grade). Watkins achieved a personal best that eluded her since her freshman year, clocking in with a time of 16:45. Gonzalez, following her teammate, achieved a personal record time of 17:09. Jordan Leach completed her team-leading 10th run of the season.

On the boys side, there was definitely a strong effort made by all seven in their quest to podium and just barely missed it by one point to a strong Brentwood Christian boys team. Joe Cardenas (10th grade) led all Texas runners with a third place overall finish and took the podium, earning a plaque and a medal for his strong efforts. The other four team runners earning points for Texas were: Andrew Ramirez (12th grade), Erik Martinez (12th grade), Gabriel Veit (12th grade), and Brody Vukmonich (9th grade). Note that the distance for the boys run was 4500 meters instead of the usual 5k due to construction on site, therefore there are no personal bests to report.

Congratulations to Texas Girls and Boys teams for representing TSD well at the district meet for the first time in school history,

Girls 2-mile
Ashley Harlicker: 14:18* (8th place)
Jaida Scott: 14:47* (12th place)
Yasmin Watkins: 16:45* (22nd place)
Kimberly Gonzalez: 17:09* (23rd place)
Jordan Leach: 20:04 (27th place)
Brianna Matias: 21:17 (28th place)
Kailin Campbell: 23:50 (29th place)
Tiffany Sellers: 24:01 (30th place)
Savanna Stewart: 30:04 (31st place)
*personal record

Girls Team Scores
1st - John Paul II (New Braunfels): 26 points
2nd - Faith Academy of Marble Falls: 49 points
3rd - Texas School for the Deaf: 73 points

Boys 4500m
Joe Cardenas: 17:05 (3rd place)
Andrew Ramirez: 19:24 (17th place)
Erik Martinez - 20:08 (21st place)
Gabriel Veit: 20:56 (22nd place)
Brody Vukmonich: 21:49 (24th place)
Tarique Sylvester: 21:52 (25th place)
Austin Adamson: 26:13 (27th place)

Boys Team Scores
1st - John Paul II (New Braunfels): 23 points
2nd - San Juan Diego Catholic: 50 points
3rd - Brentwood Christian: 83 points
4th - Texas School for the Deaf: 84 points

Contributed by Head Coach Bannon

HS Cross Country Roundup - October 14

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

texasThe Texas Cross Country Team traveled to Waco to participate in the University Interscholastic League 1A/2A Small Schools Gholson ISD Open HS Cross-Country Meet. Fourteen runners participated, seven boys and seven girls.

Ten schools participated in the Boys Varsity 5K race. Texas took second place with Joe Cardenas finishing second overall with a blistering time of 17:33, a new personal and school record. Completing the team of five were: Gabriel Veit, Andrew Ramirez, Brody Vukmonich, and Tarique Sylvester. All posted personal bests at this meet. Tarique Sylvester continued his hot streak of seven straight personal records.

The Texas Girls Cross-Country team finished in 6th place out of 9 teams in the 2-mile race with the top five team runners: Yasmin Watkins, Jordan Leach, Kailin Campbell, Tiffany Sellers, and Brianna Matias. Jaida Scott chose to do the 5K race and posted a time of 23:48.

Boys Varsity 5K
Joe Cardenas (10): 17:33* (new school record)
Gabriel Veit (12): 21:20*
Andrew Ramirez (12): 21:26*
Brody Vukmonich (9): 22:54*
Tarique Sylvester (11): 23:44*
Austin Adamson (11): 26:42
Erik Martinez (12): 27:37

Girls Varsity 5K
Jaida Scott (10): 23:48

Girls Varsity 2 Miles
Yasmin Watkins (12): 17:12
Jordan Leach (9): 20:40
Kailin Campbell (11): 24:14
Tiffany Sellers (12): 24:21
Savanna Stewart (12): 32:42*

* Personal Record

Next meet will be the TAPPS District 4A-3 Championship Meet at Marble Falls on Saturday, October 15th at 8:00 a.m. for the girls and 8:30 a.m. for the boys.

Contributed by Head Coach Bannon

HS Cross Country Roundup - October 10

Thursday, October 6, 2016

texasThe Texas Cross Country Team attended its 7th meet of the season by traveling to Lampasas High School’s Battlin’ Badger CC Invitational.

Boys Varsity 5K
Joe Cardenas: 18:55
Andrew Ramirez: 21:33
Gabriel Veit: 23:06
Erik Martinez: 25:09
Tarique Sylvester: 24:59
Brody Vukmonich: 26:12
Austin Adamson: 27:20

Girls Varsity 5K
Ashley Harlicker: 25:46
Jaida Scott: 25:46
Kimberly Gonzalez: 28:23
Yasmin Watkins: 28:28
Jordan Leach: 30:06
Brianna Matias: 35:49

Girls JV 2-miles
Kailin Campbell: 19:27
Tiffany Sellers: 22:05
Savanna Stewart: 33:19

Next CC Meet: Wednesday, October 12 @ Gholson Wildcat Cross-Country 1A-2A Invitational at Waco.

Contributed by Head Coach Bannon

HS Cross Country Roundup - October 4

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

texasTSD Ranger 2-mile/5K Time Trial

Texas boys and girls cross-country team continue to do very well as they post new personal records, even in the shorter distances such as the 2-mile run, which we did mid-week prior to our upcoming Saturday CC meet.

Ashley Harlicker, who also is on the Texas volleyball team, set a new personal and school record in the 2-mile run on a difficult TSD course.

Jaida Scott, who is primarily a sprinter on the Texas track team, has become a very good distance runner. (Contributed by Head Coach Nick Bannon)

Girls 2-mile run
Ashley Harlicker: 14:34 (new school record)
Jaida Scott: 16:11
Kimberly Gonzales: 19:04
Jordan Leach: 19:41
Kailin Campbell: 20:55

Boys 2-mile run
Joe Cardenas: 12:19
Andrew Ramirez: 13:14
Gabriel Veit: 14:34
Tarique Sylvester: 15:27
Brody Vukmonich: 17:04
Austin Adamson: 18:17

Boys 5K-run
Joe Cardenas: 20:50

riversideRiverside - We had our first league cross country meet at Hamilton. We did not have a team due to insufficient runners.

Courtney Hocog: 25:00 (11th place out of 41 runners)
Caitlyn Cypert: 28:35 (25th place)
Ny’Kel Best: 37:47 (41st place)

Jeffrey Giordano: 23:07 (31st place out of 60 runners)

*Reprinted wth permission from CSD Riverside Athletics.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

texasMcNeil CC Invitational

The McNeil CC meet is one of the largest meets in the state of Texas, with 5,300 runners from schools all over the state. This didn't faze our confident TSD runners as each runner posted new personal records and continued to set new school records.

We even participated in the 5A Varsity Boys/Girls races, which includes much higher competition. In the girls Varsity 5A race, Jaida Scott led the way with teammate, Ashley Harlicker in close pursuit. Harlicker put in a full sprint toward the finish line, passing Scott with just a few yards left, Scott passed Harlicker to set a new Girls 5K Record by .18 of a second. Each of the TSD boys set new personal records, by far, than their previous best times. Joe Cardenas led the way by beating his own 5K school record by 90 seconds, achieving a 17:52 time. Each boys and girls teams posted their fastest combined times in school history.

Girls 5K-run
Jaida Scott: 23:05.97 (new school record)
Ashley Harlicker: 23:06.15
Yasmin Watkins: 28:41
Jordan Leach: 31:06
Brianna Matias: 33:12

Boys 5K-run
Joe Cardenas: 17:51 (new school record)
Andrew Ramirez: 21:09
Erik Martinez: 22:28
Gabriel Veit: 22:59
Tarique Sylvester: 25:00
Brody Vukmonich: 25:46
Austin Adamson: 25:47

Next Meet: Thursday, October 6th at Lampasas Battlin' Badger Invitational CC Meet, Lampasas, Texas. (Contributed by Head Coach Nick Bannon)

Apollo runner overcomes obstacles

By Tom Elliott

Apollo HSWhen Suleimon Abdullahineeds to talk to his coach, he sends a text message, sometimes even if Tim Bengtson is standing next to him.

That's how the two communicate when an interpreter isn't around.

It's simple, really. Abdullahi was born deaf. Bengtson, St. Cloud Apollo's head cross country coach, doesn't know American Sign Language.

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Source: St. Cloud Times

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