AUSTIN — When the race was over, Catherine Bloomfield didn’t know what place she finished or what her time was.

Nor was the Lampasas freshman overly concerned.


“I think I did pretty good compared to yesterday, but I was just happy to be here,” Bloomfield said Saturday at the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. “This is terrifying, really terrifying, but I am glad to get the experience and hopefully I will be here later on this track season (at the state meet).


“I am just a freshman, so I am not expecting to get first. I want it, but I was just focused on my race and it was the most amazing race I have run.”

That run earned her fourth place at the Texas Relays in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.96 seconds, nearly two-tenths of a second better than her personal best.

She wasn’t alone. Her teammate, Zach Adams, also set his personal best, running a 15.1 in the 110-meter hurdles, placing sixth.

“It was going pretty good and I looked to my right and left and I saw people hitting hurdles, so I tried to get a little lower and get some more speed and when I did that I started clipping them,” Adams said.

Lampasas’ 1,600-meter relay team, comprised of Louis Marquez, Tanner Swinford, Alan Figurski and Brandon Scott, finished seventh at the event with a time of 3:31.15.

Kyle Thompson is a champion in the 800-meter run. He’s got a pair of state-winning gold medals to prove it.

That’s why, despite a less-than exciting fifth place finish in the 1,600-meter run,the Harker Heights senior distance runner took the moment as a learning experience.

“Everyone has their good races and their bad races and this was just eh,” Thompson said. “I just need to start running the mile more often.”

Getting caught up in the pack early, Thompson nearly stumbled on a couple of occasions and never looked comfortable in the mile. He finally broke free on the fourth and final lap, but by that point, fellow Texas-bound runner Will Antkowiak of Brenham held a comfortable lead.

Thompson finished in 4:20.49, more than 5½ seconds behind Antkowiak.

“I’m not too disappointed, but I’m not happy with my time,” Thompson said.

Competing in the Division II finals were both the 400-meter relay teams from Copperas Cove and Belton.

The Lady Dawgs finished ninth in girls Division II with a time of 49.88, bettering their time from the preliminaries of 50.21. Belton, meanwhile, did not finish the finals after dropping the baton. Its preliminary time of 43.10 would have placed the team  eighth in the finals.

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