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Mahler, Krenek advance to state in track

track1Individual members of the Belton Tigers' boys and girls track teams converged, as did many teams from the region, upon Lubbock and the Class 5A Region I Track Meet last week with an opportunity to participate at the Class 5A State meet later this month in Austin.

Wolf Mahler and Kaylee Krenek emerged from the mass of humanity to represent Belton High School at the state meet.


Mahler's win in the 400 meter run and third place in the pole vault punched his ticket to University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Track. Krenek's second place in the 100 meter hurdles earned her a first ticket to the state meet as well.

Mahler, a senior and decathlon specialist, is heading for the University of Texas in the fall. So the burnt orange surroundings are a familiar site for the talented athlete.

"It's been an exciting year," said Mahler. "I have never made it out of district before because of injuries. But it's an honor to represent Belton."

For Mahler, he will be not only competing for a state title and performing for Belton, but will also been competing in front of his future home crowd at the University of Texas.

track2"My coaches and teammates will all be there, as they are putting on the event," said Mahler. "The atmosphere will be exciting. I plan to PR (set personal record) in everything I do there."

Krenek, a sophomore, is Belton's specialist at hurdles. Her run of 14.24 broke the school record of 14.75 set by Myca SanMiguel in 2008. She has also been a speedy part of the Lady Tigers' relay teams as well and has been up in the top rungs of different meets all of 2013.

"I am very pleased with my performance at regionals," said Krenek. "I made it my goal to set the school record at regionals and I met that goal. My next goal is to break the 14 second mark and hopefully win state."

Krenek's family was there for the meet in Lubbock and a special guest was there to look on: Krenek's sister, Emily, who is a former soccer standout for the Lady Tigers and came off of a highly successful freshman season at West Texas A&M.

"It meant a lot to have Emily there," said Krenek. "She goes to school so far away from Belton. But Lubbock is not too far away and she was there cheering me on."

Chloe Lewis, Belton's top shot putter, set a school record with a throw of 41-11.75, breaking the 41-5 set by Ashlie Francis in 2011. She finished third at the regional meet behind Shoemaker's Cion Hicks (46-0.5) and DeSoto's Adrienne Lewis (44-3).

"We're so proud of her," said Belton coach Charlie Lewis, Chloe's father. "She has worked so hard all season and breaking the school record was outstanding."

Bekah Alcozer, Belton's top discus thrower, had a throw of 127-4, good for seventh place. Hicks also won that event with a throw of 158-8. Lewis finished third with a throw of 133-11.

"My first throw wasn't very good, I didn't get it out there very well," said Alcozer. "The second throw I threw it 122. My third throw I threw well and it was 127. My flight (the second flight) was more competitive than the first flight. They threw in the 120's and 130's. I was in the same flight as Cion (Hicks) and I liked that because it pushed me. (DeSoto's Adrienne Lewis) was in my flight too and we were in areas together. My last throw of finals was farther than my 127, but I stepped out of the ring and scratched."

Kyle Battle finished sixth in the 400 meter run with a time of 49.20.

Belton's track coaching staff couldn't be more pleased with the team's performances throughout the season.

"We have had a great and exciting season.This season we had 105 girls competing in track and field.

Because of our large numbers, we were allowed to specialize for many of the events," said Belton girls track coach Denise Petter. "It has been a very competitive season and we are very proud of our girls and their strong finishes at the District, Area and Regional meets."