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LadyBulldogs cross country seeks seventh district title

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

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The Lady Bulldogs made history by winning regionals last season and are working towards a repeat.

Photo By Sandy Jennings
Bulldog senior Karla Presa will strive for her fourth district championship this year.

Last year, the LadyBulldogs won the UIL Region cross country team title for the first time in the history of Bandera High School. The title assured the LadyBulldog team of its third trip to the UIL State Cross Country Championships in the past four years. This Monday, August 4, the girls will gather at Bulldog stadium at 6 am to embark on another journey towards a district title, their seventh.
"Although the Lady Bulldog 7th, 8th, JV, and Varsity cross country teams collected all four team titles at the 2013 District 27-AAA Cross Country Meet, the 2014 Lady Bulldog team will now be competing in District 29-AAAA where they will face a stiff challenge from Boerne, Devine, Fredericksburg, Hondo, and Lytle," Head Girls' Cross Country Coach Steve Golemon said. "An even greater challenge will await the Lady Bulldogs at the 2014 UIL Region Cross Country Meet, since five teams which competed at the 2013 UIL State Cross Country Championships are now assigned to UIL Region IV."
Bandera is definitely up for the challenge, with nine returning varsity members, who all have district, regional and state experience, and numerous sub-varsity members who will also be returning to the track.
Athletes are required to arrive Monday in workout clothes and running shoes, and must have a current physical on file before participating.
"This means those who are entering the ninth and the eleventh grade this year must have either have taken and turned in a physical prior to the end of the 2013-2014 school year or they must bring the physical with them when they report to workouts at 6 am on Monday, August 4," Golemon said. "Bandera LadyBulldog student-athletes who are entering 10th and 12th grade and who were in athletics during the 2013-2014 already have a physical on file; however, there is a packet of required UIL information which they and their parents must complete and return."
The first week of practices, scheduled from 6 am to 8 am will include a series of physical tests, including both strength and conditioning tests, along with strength and conditioning exercises.
The cross country workouts will be designed to allow the athlete to develop the agility, cardiovascular conditioning, endurance, flexibility, quickness, speed, and strength needed for all other female sports, as well as cross country.
"Any Bandera LadyBulldog who desires to improve herself athletically is encouraged to participate in cross country during the 2014 season," Golemon said.