The Victory Life Academy Lady Warriors brought home a pair of medals, and and almost captured a third, from the TAPPS state track and field meet May 2-3 at the Hart-Patterson Track Complex on the campus of Baylor University in Waco.
Competing in Class A, Melia Edmondson earned a silver medal in the 3200 meters and also collected a bronze medal in the 1600 meters. The mile relay team of Edmondson, Miranda Robles, Patricia Kemp, Keely Guerrero and Monica Valencia finished fourth.
Edmondson posted a 3200 meters time of 13:22.5, which trailed only Lauren Pompeo of Dallas Westwood (12:49.14). In the 1600 meters, Edmondson’s time of 6:06.56 was bettered only by Elizabeth Fantini of Wichita Falls Notre Dame (5:49.0) and Melanie VanWinkle of Amarillo Ascension (5:50.93).
“It was really cool because it was my first year and I’m pretty young,” said Edmondson, a sophomore, of earning a pair of state medals. “It was an honor to go there and see all the people and be able to compete with them.”
Edmondson attributed her success to an extra year of seasoning, and an early start on her training.
“We worked really hard this year and started earlier in the season than last year,” Edmondson said. “I was calmer this year than I was last year since it was my first year of high school. I prayed a lot before and that calmed me down, and I also had supportive teammates cheering for me on the side, which really urged me on.”
With two state medals to her credit already, Edmondson hopes to return to state in the future.
“I definitely want to break my times and place higher than I did this year,” said Edmondson, whose career best times are a 6:05 in the 1600 meters and a 13:15 in the 3200 meters. “I’d also like to beat the people who beat me this year. That would be really neat.”
The mile relay was clocked at 4:55.91, which trailed Amarillo Ascension (4:35.25), Dallas Westwood (4:40.16) and San Antonio Castle Hills (4:46.63).