HALLSVILLE — The cream rose to the top at the District 13-4A track meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bobcat Stadium.
For Sulphur Springs, two regional competitors from last year, Shane McQueen and Bryant (Day Day) Jackson, earned a ticket the region II meet in Denton, May 1-2.
McQueen earned second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.33, trailing only Darryl Wyrick of Texas High’s time of 37.91.
Jackson had a 21-1 leap in the long jump for third place. Top finisher was Marshall speedster Darius Jones at 24-3 and Brown Raymondrick of Texas High had a 21-3 for second place. Jones was second in the triple jump with a leap of 43-7 3/4 behind Jones of Marshall who jumped for 46-1 1/4 in the event.
“I think I am jumping pretty good right now,” Jackson said. “I am getting better because of my work ethic and coaches (Jeff) Riordan and (Triston) Abron.”
Jackson, who has committed to play football for the University of Texas, said he thinks his 6-3, 180-pound frame helps him glide through the air.
“I’ve been competing in track since I was in the seventh grade,” Jackson said. “I like the triple jump the best.”
Jackson went to regional last year in five events. This year he hopes to bring back a medal.McQueen also wants to have a better trip to regional this year. The hurdler admits his track training has been limited this season due to participation on the baseball team.
“Yeah, competing in the hurdles, is harder than hitting a fastball, unless it is a 95 mph fastball,” McQueen said with a laugh. “I am working on my times between now and the regional meet so I will have a chance at better time. I was concerned in this race, the guys were closing on me.”
Coach Riordan said, “McQueen and Jackson will be in the upper tier of athletes at regional everyone is good and you have some elite athletes.”
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