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Clarkin breaks records, grabs gold at State Championships

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

BCC Photo by Patty Cardenas
LadyBulldog Sandy Clarkin was crowned State Champion in the 800M Girls 4A Division at the 2017 UIL State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 13.

One year ago, Sandy Clarkin barely missed grabbing gold at the UIL State Track and Field Championships and she was quoted in the Courier stating, “Next year, I want to be back at the State Meet, only with a faster time and hopefully a gold medal.”
Clarkin, a junior, achieved that goal this past Saturday, at the 2017 UIL State Track and Field Championships as she broke her own school record in the 800M, recording a time of 2:14.44 and earning a State Championship in the 800M Girls 4A Division.
“Immediately after last year’s race, Sandy set her sights on winning the gold in 2017; however, she had a year of waiting and training before the opportunity to challenge for the gold meal would arise again,” Head Girls Track Coach Steve Golemon said. “Running in an extremely competitive of Class 4A 800M runners, Sandy proved to be up to the challenge that had been directed at her. Although Sandy had to break her own school record in the 800M by recording a time of 2:14.44, she was able to achieve her goals of running her best time ever and returning to Bandera with a gold medal.”
As if a broken record and gold medal were not enough, Clarkin went on to record another PR in the 1600M Run (5:17.88), earning a fifth place finish in 1600M Girls 4A Division at the State Meet.
“Sandy's fifth place finish propelled Bandera into tie for 15th place among the 52 Class 4A girls’ teams that scored points at the 2017 UIL State Track and Field Championships,” Golemon said. “Obviously, Sandy Clarkin with the help of her event coach, Brooke Ashcraft, arrived in Austin well prepared to meet the challenges of that were before her on the evening of Saturday, May 13.”
Clarkin was not alone. Representing Bandera in not only her debut UIL State Track and Field Championships, but her first year to compete in the sport of Track and Field, was Alia Henderson. Also a junior, Henderson placed 9th in the 800M recording a time of 2:21.86.
“Congratulations to both LadyBulldogs, who are both juniors, and both competed extremely well at Mike Meyer Stadium in Austin,” Golemon said.
Golemon also commended the Bandera ISD student athletes that worked as volunteers at the State Meet.
“As a side note, Bandera should, also, be proud of the 35 Bandera Middle School and Bandera High School volunteer track and field student-athletes, along with their volunteer sponsors and coaches, Coach Casey Botos, Coach Jason Botos, Coach Kierstyn Dumont, Coach Joe Sanchez, and Coach Albert Vega, who spent a minimum of 12 hours or more assisting at the 2017 UIL. State Track and Field Championships,” Golemon said. “Both the officers and administrative assistants of the UIL, as well as other adult volunteer workers, expressed numerous times how Bandera should be extremely proud of its track and field student-athletes because of their self-discipline and their work ethic. As a result of the effort given by these track and field student-athletes and their sponsor/coaches, officials from the UIL made a request for Bandera ISD to provide student-athlete volunteer help at both the 2017 UIL State Cross Country Championships and the 2018 UIL State Track and Field Championships.”