The Hood County Flyers’ inaugural season has certainly been all founder and coach Wade Beard could hope for so far.
With 87 medals through their first three meets, anticipation is high for this weekend’s Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region IV Meet in The Colony.
“They have gotten better every week,” he said. “It seems like each week two or three personal records are being set.
“Even kids who couldn’t make it consistently to the meets have noticed an improvement.”
Beard said 37 club members will attend regionals with hopes of advancing to the TAAF Games of Texas in Corpus Christi July 25-28. Depending on the amount of entries at regionals, the top three or the top four in each age group could advance.
The largest contingent of athletes competing will be in the U12 group with 16, Beard said.
“We have some pretty good standouts in that group. They feed into the junior high and later the high school programs,” he said.
That division includes Logan Stein, who has won eight gold medals and a bronze this season.
The most medals won by a Flyer this season, however, is by J.J. Lee in the 10U Boys. He’s captured 11 gold and three silver.
Rachel Perriello, in the U14 Girls division, leads the lady Flyers with four golds, a silver and a bronze.
“We told them at the beginning of the year it’s all about what they want to accomplish individually,” said Beard. “I’m so proud of each one because they have given everything they have, whether they’ve won a lot of medals or none.”
Beard said one of the major accomplishments by his athletes is their understanding of maintaing form throughout a race, especially when they get tired.
“Your form is what’s going to bring you in when you’re down,” he said. “We stress not to let the form break down.
“It’s the difference between a gold medal and a bronze, even at the highest level.”
In all, Beard feels the Flyers have a strong chance of getting up to half the team to state.
“They’ve done nothing but improve, and I see no reason that won’t continue,” he said.
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