Lady Bulldogs finish strong with All-State honors
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
The Bandera Lady Bulldogs Cross-Country team has broken record after record this season, on their way to an eighth place finish at the State meet just a few weeks ago. After winning the District Championship for the sixth year in a row, the Lady Bulldogs then picked up a Regional Championship for the first time ever. The historic season didn't stop there, as the team traveled to the state meet where junior Karla Presa and sophomore Mercy Yermo earned All-State honors.
"This is the first time ever for the Lady Bulldogs to have more than one runner selected to the TGCA Class 3A All-State cross country team in any given year," coach Steve Golemon said. "Congratulations to Karla and Mercy, as well as to all the other 2013 Lady Bulldog cross country team members who helped them earn this recognition."
For Presa, this is her second consecutive All-State selection, but it means that much more to have achieved the honor with a fellow Lady Bulldog.
"It feels amazing because neither of us expected this," Presa said. "We both just enjoy running and making each other better."
After her first season on the varsity team last year as a freshman, Yermo shaved off over a minute from her previous fastest time this season, and credits much of her success to running with Presa.
"Running with her made me realize that I can accomplish things I never thought I could by just trying to keep up with her," Yermo said. "She treated me like a sister and made me push myself to be the best I could be."
The two Lady Bulldog stars proved that hard work leads to great results, and Coach Golemon applauded the work ethic of both runners.
"I am so proud of both Karla and Mercy," Golemon said. "They worked extremely hard and the end result of hard work is success. They earned what they deserved and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Yermo and Presa weren't the only Lady Bulldogs to receive awards this season. The All-State honorees were joined by freshmen Taelen Butler and Jewel Weed, as each received first team All-District selections. Junior Sarah Butler, sophomore Caitlin Lenihan, and freshman Kaitlyn Rodriguez were all members of the second team All-District team. Sarah Butler, Taelen Butler, Lenihan, Rodriguez, and Weed, all received honorable mention All-Region honors as well. Golemon was selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association as the 2013 Class 1A-3A Cross Country Coach of the Year.
All seven members of the Lady Bulldogs cross country team will return next year under the guidance of Golemon, and will look to make a run at an incredible seventh straight district championship.