Bulletin Staff Report

WACO — In their first appearance at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state track meet this past weekend, the Victory Life Academy Warriors and Lady Warriors placed in the top eight in each of the six events they competed in, and also brought home the program’s first state metal.

“Everyone really did a good job,” said VLA track coach Steve Welch. “This was a good experience and they got to see the intensity of the event and how some of their peers focus. Telling them as coaches is one thing, but if they see other kids out there doing it, it makes more of an impact.”

Angelica Dees placed third in the Class A girls 800 meters at Baylor University’s Hart-Patterson Track Complex, earning a bronze medal for Victory Life’s track and field program in its inaugural season.

VLA just missed out on two more medals as Daniel Coronado placed fourth in the Class A boys 400 meters, while Chase Hall also came in fourth place in the Class A boys shot put.

Coronado added a seventh-place performance in the long jump, while Olivia Belli came in eighth in the Class A girls 400 meters. The boys sprint relay team of Coronado, Hall, Cameron Polaski and Caleb Coronado also placed eighth.

“Making it to state in the first year, you’ve got be doing something right,” Welch said. “We have to give the honor to the Lord because he has given us the strength. God has been faithful to us. We praise Him if we lose, and we praise Him if we win.”

The VLA sports program will continue to pick up steam into the next school year. Joining the basketball and track programs during the 2007-08 fall semester will be the Warriors’ six-man football program, which will prepare for its inaugural season of TAPPS competition.