Over the years, even before the official formation of Volte, those involved in our group have strongly supported the development of an activity -- running -- in youth that will serve them their entire lives.
Within Volte, at the risk of forgetting somebody, Laura Godfrey's daughter plays tennis for Montgomery High School, Mayra Caamano's daughter runs cross country and track for The Woodlands College Park, Brian and Laura Hanyzewski's daughter and Jerritt and Kristi Park's son both run cross country and track for McCullough Junior High.
In the past week, two homeschool groups that we've come to know in different ways over the last couple of years competed at the Texas State Homeschool Track and Field Championships that were held in Rio Vista, Texas on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, 2021.
One, Salt and Light Homeschool, has frequented The Woodlands Running Club's Sunday Night 5K that our founder Bill Dwyer has hosted since 2009 as they have used it as part of their preparation for cross country season each year.
The other, Houston Homeschool Athletics, shares the track with us on Tuesday nights at Knox Junior High during track and field season.
But before that, our Brayden Park, Jerritt and Kristi's son, competed in the John Cooper School Moonlight Mile (1,600 meters) on Tuesday, May 4 for McCullough.
He posted a personal best time of 5:27.47.
And over the weekend, running for his club team, Team Green Running, at a meet in Pearland on Saturday, May 8, he PR'd in the 3,000 meters with a time of 11:05.
Also competing in the Moonlight Mile were the sons of Volte alumni Jill Tresaugue.
Ryan, a senior at The Woodlands, was 11th overall in 4:24.77, while younger brother Luke, a freshman, had a personal best time of 5:16.50 as well as even younger brother Jack - a teammate of Jerritt's at McCullough - also scored a new personal best in 5:39.94.
Back to the Texas State Homeschool Track and Field Championships, both Salt and Light and Houston Homeschool fielded a team in nearly every division of competition.
They fared as follows:
Women's Varsity - U18
3. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 77
6. Salt and Light Homeschool - 20
Women's Junior Varsity - U16
2. Salt and Light Homeschool - 96
8. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 22
Women's 14 & Under
3. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 98
6. Salt and Light Homeschool - 16
Women's 12 & Under
5. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 42
T8. Salt and Light Homeschool - 8
Women's 10 & Under
2. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 94
Men's Varsity - U18
3. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 87
Men's Junior Varsity - U16
3. Salt and Light Homeschool - 81
8. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 24
Men's 14 & Under
6. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 48
8. Salt and Light Homeschool - 28
Men's 12 & Under
7. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 24
12. Salt and Light Homeschool - 2
Men's 10 & Under
4. Houston Homeschool Athletics - 39
11. Salt and Light Homeschool - 10
Individually, Benjamin Buckelew, the son of Volte alumni Sally, competed in four events at the varsity level finished with a second, two thirds and a fourth-place finish.
Classified as a sophomore, Benjamin's only event where he was off the podum was the 100 meters where he finished fourth with a personal best time of 12.15 seconds.
In the 200 meters, he was third in a time of 24.32 seconds.
His 4x400 relay team grabbed second as he, David Johns, James Boutte, Jr. and Caleb Creamer covered the distance in 3:43.25.
And finally, in the long jump, he was third - one spot behind teammate Caleb Creamer - with a leap of 18 feet, 11.5 inches.
Sally and Robert's daughter Molly also helps coach many of the younger Houston Homeschool Athletics athletes.
Congratulations to all of our junior high and high school athletes on a spectacular 2020-2021 school year!