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4-1-2022 Lessons from the Rings - High School Randolph and Devine Edition

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.”

– Joan Didion 

It has been a long week and a half for the High School track team and throwers. I have been remiss sharing the accomplishments of the Throwers for the Lytle Track team. We threw in Randolph, Thursday, March 24, 2022, the day before the Junior High District Meet, and then Wednesday, March 30, 2022, we were in Devine. Since last Thursday, I have arrived home after midnight and that is not easy for someone of three score and one. 

At Randolph and Devine, the best accomplishments of the throwing team came from the Junior Varsity rings. At Randolph, Rose Scotello won the shot put competition with a 30’3” toss and placed 3rd in the discus ring. At Devine, Rose threw in the Varsity rings but she didn’t fare well. Marianne Hutton has been the lead Junior Varsity thrower. She has increased her discus throw 15’ since the beginning of the season and won the Devine meet with a 76’ throw. She then placed 3rd in the shot put ring. Katherine Scotello has done a wonderful job of balancing softball and throwing for the Junior Varsity. 

The Junior Varsity boys’ shot put competitor William Davalos threw against 44 throwers in Randolph and placed 3rd as a Freshman. What is exciting about a Freshman doing so well is the increase in the shot put to 12 lbs. William at Devine showed himself to be the lead contender for the District title. His final throw was his Personal Record of 36’11.75”. This won the Meet by two feet over 2nd place which was a District foe. He will throw for a District title on the 12th of April. Jairo Martinez and Giovanni Davalos also threw the shot. The Junior Varsity boys’ team of Jairo, Andres Arredondo and Ajay Frausto had a challenging time because they lost focus at Randolph and at Devine. 

The Varsity Girls have been down this year but April Bodie placed 5th in shot at Devine. This is only the second Meet she has thrown this year. At Randolph, she was busy helping the One Act Play advance to the Area. Sarah Ytuarte continues to improve her form and is ready to score points at District on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. 

The Varsity boys’ standard bearer this year has been Alex Medina. He placed 4th at Randolph. At Devine he would have won with a big throw but it went out of sector. He will be trying for his first District title on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Cort Haltom is getting better now with a bit of practice in the morning. He hopefully can get a throw to 130 at District. Nathaniel Miller is also throwing well and hopefully he can get a 125’ toss. The shot put team of Mario Diaz, who was 9th in the State Powerlifting Meet, Austin Debose and Hector Amaya did not place in Devine. Mario threw 41’ and placed 3rd at Randolph. 

It has been a long season for me. I think it could all be summed up in a song called Weary Traveler...  

“Weary Traveler, restless soul, you were never meant to walk this road alone, it will all be worth it just hold on. Weary traveler, you won’t be weary long.”

– Jordan St. Cyr 

Hadley Foster