Palestine and Grapeland came into the Dogwood Relays at Palestine both looking for strong finishes.
What both sides got were fresh starts.
For Palestine, its main events were the running events. In the 3200 meter run for the varsity boys, Palestine placed well with junior Tyler Barnard coming in first place with a time of 10:30.87. In second place, freshman Manny Romero finished with a time of 11:10.81. Rounding out the Wildcats in the race was sophomore Christian Posada who finished with a time of 12:48.01.
The Wildcats were able to secure 22 points out of a possible 24 points in that event, and at that point, had moved up to fourth place in total points with 29.
In the 3200 meter run for varsity girls, Grapeland’s Taylar Mullen came in second place and scored eight points for the Sandiettes with a time of 13:43.43. Her eight points helped Grapeland move into fifth place at the time with 20 total points, just five points out of first place.
The varsity boys high jump is another event that both Palestine and Grapeland performed well in. Both teams made up four out of the top five finishers in the event.
Palestine’s Marcus Robinson won the event with a jump of 6-feet-2-inches. Palestine’s Tony Butler and Jhamonte Milton finished in second and fifth respectively as Butler jumped a height of six feet and Milton jumped a height of 5-feet-8-inches.
Grapeland’s William Whitehead led the way for the Sandies in the event with a jump of 5-feet-10-inches.
In girls varsity discus throw, Grapeland’s Cymone Davis out-threw second place by seven feet as she threw for first place with a distance of 106-feet-4-inches, earning the Sandiettes the full 10 points for coming in first place.
Davis also placed well in the shot put event as she finished in fourth place by one foot as she threw for 30-feet-4-inches.
In varsity boys shot put, Palestine’s Dee McMorris and Eric Gonzalez finished in fourth and fifth places with throws of 40-feet-11-inches and 40-feet-6-inches respectively.
In the Palestine girls varsity team in triple jump, Marsha Warren and Breanna Jackson finished in first and second place for the Ladycats.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Complete results were not available at the time of publication but twill be published in Saturday's edition.