In the track preliminaries at Maverick Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, none of the SSHS runners made it to Saturday’s finals, though a few athletes will be competing on Day 2 of the event.
Senior discus thrower Ericka Simmons, pole vaulters Chrissalynd Person and Micah Stalcup, and milers Madison Ramirez and Madeline Massey will be competing on the girls side, while freshman miler Cody White will be running for the boys. Those events did not have prelims on Friday.
For the most part on Friday, SSHS boys and girls put up times that were comparable to their district times that qualified them for the regional meet. But making the finals in the state’s most competitive region is a tall order. The top eight times in the prelims qualified for Saturday’s finals, and the top two in each final event automatically qualify for the state meet on May 11-12 in Austin.
Senior Ayana Taylor, competing for the third time in the regional meet, was the district 13-4A champion in the triple jump. On Friday, she outdid her district distance by three inches when she leaped 35-9.5, but she finished 13th in the competition.
Taylor competed in three other events, the 300-meter hurdles and she ran legs on two relays, the 4x200 and the 4x400. In the 300 hurdles, running from lane 8, she ran a time of 49.31 seconds to finish sixth in her heat, 15th overall.
The 4x200 relay of Taylor, Desi Mosely, Labrandis Adams and Daizia Jackson ran a solid time of 1:47.27 but also finished sixth in their heat. The 4x400 relay team of Taylor, Adams, Person and Mckenzie Sorley finished seventh in their heat in a time of 4:16.61.
Person, a freshman, competed in the 400-meter dash and ran a solid time of 59.96 to place fourth in her heat and 11th overall.
The Lady Cats had two girls competing in the 3,200-meter run and sophomore Madison Ramirez and freshman Madeline Massey ran competitively into a strong south wind. Ramirez was 15th overall in a time of 12 minutes, 41.84 seconds, which was 13 seconds better than her district qualifying time, while Massey came in at 13:21.89, which equaled her qualifying time.
In the other girls relay, the 4x100 squad of Mosely, Person, Jackson and Brianna Ivery failed to get the baton around the track and did not finish.
For the boys, senior Dadrian Smith competed well in three events. In the 400-meter dash, he clocked a 50.74 second time to take third in his heat, 11th overall. He came back to run a good leg on the 4x400 relay which timed a 3:32.46, with Isaiah Lacy, Jonathon Carlisle and Matt Brice.
Smith also ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 relay which placed fourth in their heat, 11th overall, as he was joined by Brennan Brock, Cody Clayton and Kendrick Daniels.
Daniels ran in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 10.95, almost 2/10ths of a second faster than his qualifying time, to finish sixth in his heat.
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