Twenty-two local athletes will represent their schools at the Class 2A, Region III track meet Friday and Saturday in Whitehouse, thanks to their performances Friday in the area meet in Crockett.
Frankston’s Ben Harmon headlined local performances at the meet, qualifying for regionals in four events.
Ben Harmon finished second in the 200 meters and fourth in the long jump. He also ran on the 400- and 800-meter relay teams for the Indians.
Running with him on both of those relays were Tre Allen, Caleb Williams and Tre Staples.
Williams captured Frankston’s lone gold at the meet, winning the 100 meters.
Westwood’s Diamond Dewberry and Markeisha Durham, and Elkhart’s Paige Fillmore each qualified for three events.
Dewberry and Durham helped Westwood’s 400- and 800-meter relay teams advance, while Dewberry won the girls’ 200 meters. Durham finished third in the triple jump.
Fillmore won the 300-meter hurdles at the meet, while also finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles. She also ran on the Lady Elks’ bronze medal-winning 1,600-meter relay team with Kayla Johnson, Tiffany Rosas and Paige Huff.
Running with Dewberry and Durham on the Westwood 400-meter relay team, which finished second, were Andria Crawford and Shundrea Thompson, while Crawford and Emily Vinson ran with them on the 800-meter relay.
Elkhart distance runner Anna Clark will head to regionals in two events, after winning the 3,200 meters and finishing second in the 1,600 meters. Clark was a state-qualifier in the 3,200 last year.
Also bringing gold back to Elkhart from the area meet was Kevin Kidd, who won the long jump. The Elks also qualified a pair of athletes in the boys’ pole vault, with Jordan Ives finishing third and Hunter Parker fourth.
Elkhart’s Luis Banuelos (triple jump) and Westwood’s J.J. Turner (400 meters) are both also regional-bound.
Frankston’s Amanda Allen finished second in the shot put to advance to regionals, while Elkhart’s Joli Ballew did the same in the girls’ 800 meters. Also advancing with a third-place finish in the high jump was the Lady Elks’ Ruth Camp.
LARGE CAYUGA GROUP REGIONAL-BOUND
Led by all three boys’ relay teams, the Cayuga track team will send a large group of athletes to this weekend’s regional meet at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium.
Keshawn Jackson leads the Cayuga qualifiers with four events at regionals, including the long jump, 100 meters and 400- and 800-meter relays.
Joining Jackson on both relays are Patrick Boxie, Colten Hearrell and Jimmmy Pitts.
Both Pitts and Hearrell are on all three qualifying relay teams, while Boxie also qualified in the high jump.
Chandler Rigdon qualified in the 1,600-meter relay — along with Pitts, Hearrell and Jacob Grashch — along with the triple jump and 300-meter hurdles.
Mattew McNeil will compete in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, while Tristan Croft will run alongside him in the 1,600 meters. Don Holly qualified in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Class 1A, Region III meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium
SANDIES HEADED TO REGIONALS
The Grapeland girls’ relay team kept up their string of dominance last week, advancing both its 400- and 800-meter relay teams to the regional meet.
Made up of Rosalind McCoy, Jayde Westbrook, Terrika Campbell and Paige Scott, the relays are perennial threats at the state tournament.
Westbrook and Campbell qualified for regionals in a team-high four events each, with Westbrook also qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Campbell adds the 200 meters and long jump to her relay schedule.
McCoy will also compete in the 100 meters, while two Sandiettes — Cymone Davis and Destiny Moten — advanced in the shot put.
Davis, who qualified for the state meet in shot put last year, will also compete in the discus at regionals.
On the boys side, Grapeland will also send both the 400- and 800-meter relay teams, consisting of Jaques Faulk, Jacolby Simpson, Trevelon Hart and Patrick Walker.
Stephen Glenn will also compete at the meet in the 1,600 meters.