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Fort Bend Christian Academy Track Wins TAPPS 5A State Championship

Renie Deanda
Fort Bend Christian Academy Track team had a monumental season, breaking numerous school and state records, and culminating in a TAPPS 5A State Championship for the girls team. This marks the first State Championship win for girls track in school history with a team score of 138 points to win the State title. The boys team also had an excellent showing at the State meet, taking home third place overall.
The 4x200 and 4x400 girls relay team won gold, and the 4x100 girls relay team finished second at the State Meet. Freshman Bayleigh Minor was awarded ‘Athlete of the Meet’ (MVP) with five gold medals.

“I am very proud of the way our athletes competed at state. We started the season off with the goal of winning the State Championship. The girls came into the meet as favorites, and they did not disappoint,” Head Track Coach Deon Minor said. “They put together some great performances on day one and followed them up on day two. The boys had a slow day one, but bounced back on day two. They all competed very well. As a coach, all I want to see is that my athletes are competing and doing their best.”

“This is the first State Championship in school history for girls track, and we are so proud of all of these athletes and their accomplishments,” Interim Director of Athletics Aaron Carpenter said. “Coach Minor has created a winning environment for these athletes to thrive, and we are seeing the results.  I want to congratulate every athlete and coach that contributed to this Championship, and the entire FBCA community is excited for all their successes.”

Important Records:

Gold Medals
  • Freshman Bayleigh Minor - Triple Jump (37’ 11”) State and School Record; Long Jump (18’ 6.50”) School Record; 200 meters- (25.13); 400 meters- (56.24) School Record; 4x400 meter relay
  • Senior Bailey Hanner - High Jump (5’ 4”) 
  • Junior Noah Brooks - 400 meters (49.41) School Record
  • Girls 4x200 (1:45.39) - Brooke Coleman, Lani Brown, Shea Bedminster, Angel Nwodu
  • Girls 4x400 (4:03.31) - Gabbie Washington, Kyra Whitman, Lani Brown, Bayleigh Minor
  • Boys 4x100- (42.45) School Record - Bryce Grays, Noah Brooks, Bryan Domino, Matthew Brown
  • Runner-Up
  • Boys 4x400 (3:27.01) School Record - Cobey Sellers, Ben Longbottom, Max Granville, Noah Brooks

Girls Team:

Freshman Bayleigh Minor won five gold medals (Long Jump, Triple Jump, 200, 400, 4x400). She set a long jump school record (18’ 6.50”), and two hours later, she won the triple jump with a new school record and 5A State Record (37’ 11”). On the second day, she won the 400 meters, 200 meters, and anchored the winning 4x400 relay.

Senior Bailey Hanner won the gold medal in the High Jump with a jump of (5’ 4”).

Junior Brooke Coleman participated in the 4x200 relay, was part of the second place 4x100 relay, and finished third in the 100 meters with a personal best time (11.95).

Sophomore Gabbie Washington participated in the 4x400 relay, anchored the second place 4x100 relay, and finished third in the 400 meters (58.55).

Junior Lani Brown participated in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays and finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.23).

Senior Angel Nwodu anchored the winning 4x200 relay and ran the lead off leg on the second place 4x100 relay.  She also placed third in the Shot Put (35’ 7.75”), fourth in the Triple Jump (34’ 10 2.5), and fifth in the 200 meters (26.91).

Senior Shea Bedminster participated in the 4x200 relay and on the second place 4x100 relay.
Sophomore Kyra Whitman participated in the 4x400 relay.

Boys Team:

Junior Noah Brooks won gold in the 400 meters (49.41), ran in the 4x100 relay, and anchored the second place 4x400 relay.

Freshman Cobey Sellers captured gold in the 110 hurdles (15.28) and was fourth in the 200 meters (23.08).
Junior Matthew Brown finished fourth in the 100 meters (10.88), anchored the 4x100 relay, and ran on the fourth place 4x200 relay.

Senior Bryce Grays finished seventh in the 100 meters (11.01) and ran lead-off leg in the gold medal 4x100 relay and fourth place 4x200 relay.

Junior Bryan Domino ran on the gold medal 4x100 relay, placed seventh in the long jump (20’ 1.50”), and ran on the fourth place 4x200 relay.

Senior Samuel LeBlue ran on the fourth place 4x200 relay and was eighth in the long jump (20’ 1.25”).

Junior Ben Longbottom and Freshman Max Granville ran on the second place 4x400 relay. Max placed eighth in the Shot Put (41’ 6”).
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