Central Texas’ top track and field performers have completed their district action, and many are moving on to area meets this week as they seek to qualify for regionals.
Area meets pit the top performers from two adjacent districts.
Here is a roundup of some of last week’s district meet action:
College Station’s powerful boys and girls swept the team titles at the 18-5A meet at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex. The Cougars’ boys team racked up 185 points to win by a 40-point margin, while the girls were even more impressive, tallying 201.5 points to pick up a 70-point win over second-place Temple.
Temple’s Jemiyah Franklin popped off an area-leading time of 47.80 to win the boys’ 400-meter dash going away. That gave Temple a sweep in both the individual 400, as Rhea Miles won the girls’ open 400 at 58.78, and the 4x400 relays.
Waco High’s Lodamien Calhoun soared to the triple jump title at 46-1¼. The Lions’ La’daidrean Glasker also flexed his muscle in the throws, claiming silver in both the shot put and discus, while Waco High’s Shy’Kayla Evans picked up a silver in the girls’ discus.
University’s girls showed off in the relays, winning the 4x100 race with a time of 49.31 while finishing second in the 4x200 to advance to the area meet in that race as well. Marveuna Robinson was a huge contributor for the Lady Trojans, running on both of those relay teams, picking up a silver in the 100-meter dash (13.02) and hopping to a bronze in the long jump (16-9¼).
The area meet for Districts 17-5A and 18-5A will be held Thursday in College Station.
In Whitney, McGregor’s boys won the district team title, while Troy claimed the girls crown in a hotly-contested chase over West and McGregor.
McGregor qualified at least one athlete for the area meet in 16 of 17 events. That included a pair of gold medals from Wyatt Allison, who won both the high jump (6-2) and the triple jump (43-2).
Multi-time state champion Kyle Doty of Bruceville-Eddy swept gold in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. The senior Tarleton State signee darted to a time of 4:39.1 in the 1,600 and registered a 10:18.0 in the 3,200.
On the girls’ side, Groesbeck sophomore Willow Johnson matched Doty’s feat by sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200, in personal-best times of 5:47.60 and 12:41.20, respectively. Marlin senior Shania Ford was also a double winner. The area leader in the 400, she won that race with a time of 1:00.8 and claimed 800-meter gold at 2:28.4.
Troy freshman Alexis Tippit was a breakout performer, taking first place in the triple jump (36-4½) and long jump (17-4½) as well as finishing second in the 200-meter dash to McGregor’s Isabella Chavez.
The area meet, involving Districts 19 and 20-3A, will be Wednesday in Cameron.
Crawford’s athletic excellence shone brightly again, as the Pirates claimed the boys’ district team title while the Lady Pirates won the girls’ trophy.
Crawford freshman Anne Williams stayed busy at the meet, winning the high jump title by clearing 5-0 while also running on the Lady Pirates’ winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. She also finished third in the open 400.
Rosebud-Lott’s splendid sprinter Keauna Whitfield zipped to gold medals in the 200 and 400, in times of 26.18 and 59.56, respectively. She also won the triple jump and snatched a silver in the long jump.
On the boys’ side, Rosebud-Lott’s Jeremy Truesdale and Crawford’s Charlie Adamick won three individual golds apiece. Truesdale had winning marks in the 800, 1,600 and long jump, while Adamick won both hurdles races and the triple jump.
At the 18-2A meet in Axtell, Riesel’s well-rounded boys and girls swept the team titles, while Bremond senior Joe Williams proved himself to be the brightest individual star.
Williams, a track signee for the University of Houston, dashed to gold medals in the 100 (10.98), 200 (22.05) and 400 (49.90).
Riesel’s Sabion Kubitza flew 44-0 in the triple jump and 21-4½ in the long jump to win both events. He also ran on the Indians’ winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
For the girls, Mart senior Ca’Purnika Galbert matched the effort of Bremond’s Williams by sweeping the sprints – 100, 200 and 400. Galbert had winning times of 12.30, 25.30 and 57.58.
Galbert is the reigning 2A state champion in the 400.