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I~lJIIIIilelllU , I ,i i~'mIM.~ ...... Page 2B Lehman X-Country: Hoping Continued from pg. 1B three finishes at two other premier events around the area to warrant the ranking. This year, Sansom will be relying on two savvy returning veterans and a host of tal- ented, but unproven newcomers to carry the torch for his squad. The season gets underway on Aug. 29 at the Austin Inde- pendent School District Invitational Meet at Zilker Park "Last year we accomplished a lot and made strides towards some of our goals," Sansom said. "Our focus coming into every season is to win district and then qualify for regionals (as a team). We lost some very strong runners, but we have some guys in place that I think will give us a chance to be successful this year." lunior Ramon Martinez will play a ma- jor role in the makeup of a team that will be attempting to halt the current six-year stranglehold I.ockhart has had on the dis- trict tide. Martinez had a strong showing in last year's regional meet, posting a time of 17 minutes, 12 seconds over a three-mile course, which stands as the top time for the handful of Lehman retumees. He will step into the:lead runner slot vacated by Gordillo, who graduated in May. Martinez, who didn't perform quite as well as expected at last year's regional meet, will be vying for a host of individual tides in only his third full season on the varsity level. "Ramon definitely didn't have his best race last year at regionals," Sansom said. SPORTS to improve on rogio al finish "But I think with a year of experience t ader his belt, he will be a huge part of our cam again this year." Sansom is also counting on a couI [e of other nmners to transition onto the o urse once the district meet rolls around. "I'm looking for Ramon to have his best season yet because he has so much tl dent and he works extremely hard," Sansom said. "I will be dependIng on him to help ~ aake sure all the other guys on the team a~ ~ fo- cused for each and every meet." Senior Eddie Chabarria and junior tvier Torres are the other two members retu ning from the regional qualifying team a s~ tson ago. Individually, they placed amon the top half in district finishers and were both named to the District 26 4-A All-Distri, t Ac- ademic Team last season as well. "Both Edwin and Eddie have somq var- sity miles undemeath them now and they know what we expect from them," Sa som said. "But they all have a great deal of dent and I'm excited to see what they can ~ this season." This season, Sansom has decided tc ;cale back the competitive workload his tea~ I will endure throughout the season in hope ~that they will be rejuvenated for district an d re- gional runs late in the campaign, j "I want to make sure that we are wel~ rest- ed and ready to go at the end of the se~ ;on," Sansom said. "We will reduce the amo~ nt of meets we run in from eight to five bq I will still get in a good 12-mile run at Zilket Park sometime midway through the season. It will give our athletes a chance to reflect on what they want to accomplish at the end of the year and will give them a chance to do a little bonding as a team. Hopefully, it ~ll also prevent us from wearing down late in theyear." According to Sansom, defending regional champion Lock, hart is again the clear-cut fa- vorite in District 27 4-A, but he expects Hays, Canyon and Smithson Valley to present for- midable challenges as well. "Lock_hart always has everybody's atten- tion," Sansom said. "They are always well coached and seem to have an endless sup- ply of great athletes going through their program each year. They will always be the team to beat in my eyes. But Hays is always very talented and I expect Smithson Valley to be tough as well." Sansom is very confident about the posi- tive direction his program has taken since he arrived on Lehman's campus five years ago. "We went from having only 18 kids in our entire program when we started five years ago to reaching the regional meet the past- three seasons," Sansom said. "You never know what's going to happen with high school kids from year-to-year but I have re- ally been happy with the effort our kids have given us over the last few years. If we could win a district title or get a berth in the state meet, I think it would be another huge step for this program going forward." Comeback Kid: Four surgeries later, Kimbro to )lay at Texas Tech Continued from pg. 1B "I was very surprised and honored," she said. "It made me feel like all the work I had put in to get to this point was worth it. It made me feel great that my teammates had noticed the effort I put in and that maybe it impacted them in some way." Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry wasn't surprised Kimbro was named a captain despite the fact she was a red- shirt freshman. "Lindie has shown a lot of character through her rehab while trying to come back from her injuries," Curry said. "She is always encouraging her teammates and has been a commitment despite the three knee surgeries and Kimbro signed with the university dur- ing the fall of her senior year. After graduating in the top 20 of her class at Hays, she arrived at Tech and it was de- cided Kimbro would redshirt her freshman season and take her rehab slow. She was doing agility work with one of the school's train- ers in October 2008 when her knee popped again. It was the fourth time Kimbro suffered an ACL tear in a five-year stretch. 'At that point, I hones@ didn't know if I wanted to give it another shot," Kimbro said. that and then ) be able to compete at th Divisiion-I level is remarkable. [ don't think anyone can re dlyunderstand what Lindie's I one through. Rehab is such m emotional rollercoaster. ] shows she has amazing will ~ ad persever- ance." Bamcastle ~ aid Kirnbro was an easy pick a team captain. "Lindie WOl ~ hard day in and day out," ~arncastle said. "She is such a )ositive influ- ence on the te an. She sets the bar high for tt ; rest of us and that's why she ; a captain." Duringher i edshirt fresh- man season, K Lmbro only appeared in 1~ games, as more great role model." experienced tammates got "I talked to my coaches and parents and prayed a lot. I had Texas Tech junior Jordan the bulk of the playing time. to have the surgery anyway to Bamcasde said Kimbro is an "I had to lea rn a new role as be able to walk normally. My inspiration to her teammates, a cheerleader ~rom the bench," coaches at Tech were great. "I've never heard of anyone Kimbro said. '[But that was They told me to take my time overcoming four ACL surger- okay. It gave rile a different and if I wanted to come back ies," Bamcasfle said. "To do perspective orl things." the~ was a spot for me on the teanl] Although most athletes would have given up their hoops dreams long before, Kimbro decided to go for it with the same determination that once made her an all-state performer and top college prospect. "It had always been my dream to play Division-I basketball," Kimbro said. "I remembered all the hard work I had put in already over the years - all the early mornings and late evenings in the gym. I decided to give it one more try"After many months of steady rehab, Kimbm finally stepped Onto the court with her Texas Tech teammates in May 2009. "I was real nervous at first," she said. "It's a whole different :a n amn mEG mh level. I was trying to save face and show what I could do, but at the same time in the back of my mind I was thinking my knee could go out with any cut or pivot I make on the floor." The thoughts of another injury began to fade with each practice, and Kimbro slowly began to regain her old basket- ball form. When it comes time'for a This season, Kimbro says, her goals will be different. "I definitely want to get into the top eight in the rotation and earn more time on the court," she said. "lust like it's been from the time I started playing, I just want to be able to contribute and help give our team a chance to win." Through all she's been through, Kimbro, an exercise sports science major, has somehow maintained a posi- tive attitude. "Every day I remind my- self that one day I'll have a job, a husband and a family," Kimbro said. "My basketball experience has truly made me think about the bigger picture. IfI can maintain the same kind of positive energy and work ethic I've put in so far during the rest of my life, I re- ally think things will continue to turn out great." 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'1 think we have a sol- Buckley has one hock of a id core of athletes that willgive one-two punch in New and us a good chance to do very Mariana Sigala, who fmished a well this season." close second in the individual On the boys side, it will be a race at district last season, rebuilding year as Buckley will "You're lucky when you get pencil in an almost entirely to send two runners like Lena new varsity lineup. and Mariana out there every Only junior captain Billy Bol- race," Buckley said. "Mariana ton and Taylor Hough will re- made great improvements this turn with varsity experience. past spring during track and I "Billy and Taylor are both expect bigger things from her comingoffverygoodtracksea- this season, and Lena has some sons," Buckley said. "My real of those qualities you just can't goal with the boys program is teach an athlete. She's a fiery to shake the trees at the school competitor and never wants to and see if we can get some lose. 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