Fort Bend Christian Academy
The 2021 TAPPS Track & Field State Meet got underway on Friday morning at Midway Stadium in Waco, Texas and the big distances were eye-popping, even record-breaking.
Let's start with the record-breaker - Ayana Smith of Lutheran South.
The junior took home the TAPPS 5A State Championship in the long jump reaching a distance of 18 feet and 10 inches. That also smashed the previous state record by 5.25 inches, which was set by Houston Christian's Dejean Jaela in 2011.
Second Baptist School got its first state champ of the meet in sophomore Haley Killough. She took home the title in the high jump after clearing 4 feet-10 inches and then beating Lutheran South's Audrey Pfeiffer in a jumpoff. Killough also took third in the long jump, reaching 16 feet and 8.25 inches.
Fort Bend Christian Academy men are off to a stellar start.
Rob Walter, who is signed to play football at Houston Baptist University, won the 5A State Championship in the shot put with a toss of 48 feet and 5 inches. His teammate, David Kasemervisz took home the gold in the 5A long jump reaching 20 feet and 7 inches. He also took fourth in the high jump earlier in the day.
Check out the list below of all the VYPE Campus results from the 2021 TAPPS Track & Field Meet. (Field Events)
6A Men's Triple Jump – Lance Carter, Concordia Lutheran (5th) (40 feet – 0.75 inches);
Oliver Burnette, Concordia Lutheran (8th) (37 feeet-9.25 inches)
6A Women's Triple Jump – Adele Neuhaus, Concordia Lutheran (4th) (33 feet-7.75 inches)
6A Men's High Jump – Ryan Escalante, Concordia Lutheran (6th) (5-feet-10)
5A Women's Triple Jump – Aava Fuents, TWCA (5th) (31 feet-8 inches); Malorie McGee, Lutheran South (6th) (31 feet-7.50 inches); Katie Tucker, TWCA (8th) (29 feet-10.50 inches)
5A Men's Shot Put – Robert Walter, Fort Bend Christian Academy (State Champion) (48 feet-5 inches); Colby Gorman, TWCA (4th) (44 feet-9 inches); Lane Whitney, Lutheran South Academy (6th) (43 feet-11 inches)
5A Women's Shot Put – Catherine Berger, TWCA (2nd) (32 feet-11 inches); Katie Tucker, TWCA (8TH) (28 feet – 9.50 inches)
5A Men's Pole Vault – Bradd Pence, Fort Bend Christian (2nd) (13 feet)
5A Women's Pole Vault – Megan Hanigan, TWCA (3rd) (8 feet); Isla Caudill, Lutheran South (7th) (7 feet)
5A Men's Long Jump – David Kasemervisz, Fort Bend Christian (State Champion) (20 feet-7 inches); Noah Brooks, Fort Bend Christian (6th) (18 feet-7.50 inches)
5A Women's Long Jump – Ayana Smith, Lutheran South (State Champion) (18 feet-10 inches) (New TAPPS State Record – Broke record of 18 feet-4.75 inches from 2011 set by Dejean Jaela of Houston Christian); Haley Killough, Second Baptist School (3rd) (16 feet-8.25 inches); Angel Nwodu, Fort Bend Christian (8th) (15 feet -6.5 inches)
5A Men's High Jump – David Kasemervisz, Fort Bend Christian (4th) (5 feet-8 inches); Solomon Cole, Fort Bend Christian (5th) ((5 feet-8 inches); Roric Hawkins, TWCA (6TH) (5 feet-8 inches)
5A Women's High Jump – Haley Killough, Second Baptist School (State Champion) (4 feet-10)(Won jumpoff); Audrey Pfeiffer, Lutheran South (2nd) (4 feet-10)(Lost jumpoff)
5A Women's Discus – Rachel Bell, Lutheran South (4th) (94 feet-8 inches)
VYPE will continue to update this list with results as they come in.
HOUSTON - Many athletes strive to get to the State Track Meet in at least one event.
For Fort Bend Christian Academy's David Kasemervisz, one was not going to be enough for the senior signed as a preferred walk-on to Stanford football. In fact, he qualified for the maximum amount of five events at the TAPPS State Track & Field Meet, which began on a drizzly Friday morning.
"It's awesome to be going to state in five events," Kasemervisz told VYPE earlier in the week. "I've always loved doing multiple events. Each event brings a different aspect of technique and competition."
Kasemervisz qualified for state in the high jump, long jump, 400-meter dash, and as a part of the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
"This is a great way to finish off my high school athletic career as I get to have the fullest possible experience at state," he said.
On Friday morning, Kasemervisz finished fourth in the high jump with teammate Solomon Cole finishing right behind him in fifth place for the Eagles.
As for the rest of the weekend, Kasemervisz has four more events to try and win gold in, which his goal for everything is seeking a Top 3 podium finish and repping FBCA with pride one last time.
"I'm very excited to represent FBCA. This shows what a great coaching staff FBCA has," Kasemervisz said. "Coach Minor is track royalty and is a world-class speed coach. Coach A is outstanding at teaching the technical aspects of the jumps. The entire team is very talented as well, our relays are very strong and we are going for the team championship at state."
The FBCA men's track team finished third overall at Regionals last week and seek a top finish at the TAPPS State Track & Field Meet this weekend, which wraps up tomorrow in Waco with the running events.