Sulphur Springs athletes face the toughest competition of the year at the regional track meet.
Four athletes will be taking part in the UIL Class 4A Region II meet Friday and Saturday at the University of Texas-Arlington.
The Wildcats and Lady Cats will be competing against some of the top talent in the state, which just happens to be in their region.
Willy Ivery will be competing in two events. Ivery was first in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 39.8 to win area. He also qualified in the long jump, turning in a 21-1 leap for second in area. Sophomore Zach Spigner will compete in the 110-hurdles, he had a time of 15.28 for fourth at area.
“The field, as always, is very competitive. Willy faces some stiff competition in both the long jump and the 300 hurdles. He will need to run in the 38s in the 300 which we feel is definitely a possibility,” said Matt Young, boys track coach. “In the long jump we hope to make the finals (top eight) and get the additional three jumps and see what happens. Zach faces a tough field in the 110s. He is focused on improving his personal best time.”
Young continued, “For both of these young men, success this weekend is based on handling the pressure and simply doing the best they can do. That is all we ask. We are proud of both of these young men for what they have accomplished and how have they have gone about it.”
Johnny Irvin also coaches Spigner and Ivery on the hurdles.
He said he is impressed with how their times have improved and expects them to run competitive races in Arlington.
For the Lady Cats - Madeline Massey will be running in the 1,600-meter race. She turned in a time of 5:37.77 to take fourth at area. Massey also will run in the 3,200 race. Destiny Wade will be in the discus after she had a 101 foot, 9 inch toss for third in area.
“I think that our kids have as good of a chance as the other participants in advancing to the state meet,” said Triston Abron, girls track coach. “Each week that the kids perform I’m excited about watching the fruits of their hard work. They must go compete to the best of their abilities at the regional meet.”
Coach Ashton Wells has been working with Destiny Wade on her techniques as regional approaches.
Andy Holt, head boys soccer/cross country coach is also the distance coach and has been working with Massey as regional approaches.
Holt said, “The goal is to be in the Top 10. She is trying to beat the school record as well. Madeline will be competing in the 3,200 and 1,600. She is able to compete in the 3,200 because some girls are not going to run, so she was the alternate and wants to run. She is three seconds off the school record in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Her best time of the year in the 3,200 is 12:22 and the record is 12:19 held by Madison Ramirez. Her best time in the 1,600 is 5:37 and the record is 5:35 also held by Madison Ramirez. Madeline has improved a bunch this year. She is learning to compete for the entire race. Many times in the past when she would hurt she would give in and slow down, but now she finds a way to push through that.
“She has a ton of potential and I don't think she knows how good she could be. This year will be a great opportunity for Madeline to gain experience competing against the best in the region, which I think will propel her into the next two years as a serious threat to advance to state in track and cross country,” coach Holt added.
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