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A Young Lake Ridge Girls Track Team Finishes Third at the State Meet

Jun 14, 2016 04:09PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Jasmine Moore broke the nearly 20-year triple jump national freshman class record with a wind-legal leap of 42-01.75.

The Mansfield Lake Ridge Girls Track Team has not only had an amazing season, but came home from a state championship with several medals. 

The team finished third at the state meet and Jasmine Moore, one of their freshman, won two gold medals in the long and triple jump, a sophomore, 
Faith Ette, finished second in the shot put, and another sophomore, Ariel Ford, finished third in the 400m. Their 4 x 400 relay finished 4th at the meet. 

Head Coach,
Michelle Womack

Coach Michelle Womack won Coach of the Year by 
Texas Track and Field Coaches Association (TGCA) and three girls, Jasmine Moore, Ariel Ford, and Faith Ette, were awarded All-State honors by the same organization. 

For a full review of the winners and their medals, visit this website, and this website

With all of their recent successes, and the fact that this team is a relatively young team, they will most likely be one of the favorites to win the state title in 2017. 

Jasmine Moore was named by the Dallas Morning News All-Area Team - Newcomer of the Year. She is currently a finalist for Gatorade Athlete of the Year and the TTFCA Field Athlete of the Year. Both organizations will announce the winner by June 24th.

We were lucky enough to get in touch with head coach Michelle Womack and hear about what it was like to be a part of an award-winning team. 

Tell us a little about the 
Lake Ridge Girls Track team. How long have they been competing together? There were only 4 seniors this year on the team, so we are relatively young. Our largest class is the group that will be Juniors next year so most of them have been competing together for a couple of years now. 

Would you say they get along? They are a very tight knit group of girls, they enjoy spending time together outside of practice and meets. 

How long have you been the head coach? This year was my second year at Lake Ridge.

Tell us a little about the UIL Track & Field State Meet. How many members of the team came home with medals? We had six girls compete at the state meet in Austin, our 1600 meter relay team was 4th they were Jasmine Moore, Hillary Givens, Kynnedy Brown and Valencia Bullock.

Our medalists were Ariel Ford, 3rd in the 400 meter, Faith Ette, 2nd in the shot-put, and Jasmine Moore became the first track athlete from Lake Ridge to win a State Championship, winning both the long and triple jumps. She also broke a (nearly) 20 year old record* for freshman in the triple jump with a mark of 42'1.75".

*(Editor's note: The previous record was set by fellow Texan Ychlindria Spears of Luling in 1999. Source.)

What was the response from the community at the success of the girls' team? The response has been amazing, everyone in the Lake Ridge family has been so supportive of the team. The girls were recently recognized by the MISD school board for their accomplishments. 

Word is out that one of the team members, Jasmine, was named Newcomer of the Year and is currently a finalist for Gatorade Athlete of the Year and the Texas Track, AND TTFCA Field Athlete of the Year. Wow! Was this a surprise to you, or not at all? Yes, she was named the Newcomer of the Year, and she has been nominated for the other awards as well. She, along with Ariel Ford and Faith Ette, were also named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All State Team, and Valencia Bullock was named to the TGCA, All Star Team. 

I was not surprised at all by these nominations. Jasmine has had an outstanding season and is very deserving of these considerations. 

How do you feel your role has played in their success? As I tell the girls, I can only plan the workouts, they have to put the effort and work in to be successful. They are very motivated and want to be the best they can be. It is my job to put them in position to accomplish their goals. 

What is one of the most memorable moments that you have had with the team?  One of the most memorable moments for me this season is when the 1600-meter relay team came back after our other 2 relays had failed to qualify for the state meet due to a couple of freak events and ran their fastest time of the year to make it to the State Meet. 

What's one of the funniest? One of the funniest things for me this year happened on our way home from Texas Relays and the girls were singing in the van. Then everyone got quiet and sophomore Kelly Rowe, who had her head phones on was rapping at the top of her lungs without a care in the world. I thought I would never stop laughing. 

Do you see the success of this year continuing on into next year? I do believe that our success will carry into next year, we are young and the girls have a taste of success and they like it. Our goal was to win a State Championship as a team and that has not changed. They are already talking about what we are going to do next year. 

Congratulations Lake Ridge Girls Track Team! 

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