With the weather finally cooperating, the track athletes at Como-Pickton have been hard at work. And the UIL has been back in action, releasing the hold that was put on competition due to the swine flu scare. In accordance, UIL has released the performance list for Region II-2A. C-P coaches have been crunching the numbers to see how the competition stacks up against current results.
On Friday, May 8, Como-Pickton Eagle Trevor Cagle got the call. The call to compete in an additional event—high jump. Caddo Mills Fox Hunter Greene had a conflict with baseball that caused him to pull out of the event. Greene placed third at district at Grand Saline; he had a seed mark height of 5-6. Cagle jumped with a clearance of 5-6 placing fourth, with misses determining the final outcome of the places. “We will have to get in some high jump workout today,” C-P Eagles head track coach Greg Roller said excitedly.
Teammate sophomore Seth Sturgill placed fifth at district. “Being so young it is extremely important for us to compete and just experience the regional track meet.”
Cagle will be seeded in the lower range of regional participants, with the top jumper from McGregor clearing 6-4. Cagle will be running in the 400-meter run as well as a leg on the mile relay team.
In the 400-meter run, Cagle sits in the 14th spot with a time of 53.00 under the top seed from Pottsboro with a 49.87. At the track meet hosted by Edgewood (the week prior to district), Cagle finished second clocking 51.91, his personal best for this season. District competitor Davontae McNeal of Quitman is challenging the C-P freshman coming very close to edging him out finishing third at Grand Saline with a time of 53.04. McNeal is ranked 12th overall in the region.
C-P Eagle mile relay team comprised of Angel Mercado, Hunter Cooksey, Seth Sturgill, and Cagle challenged fellow district opponents Lone Oak and Quitman at the district meet held at Grand Saline. The Eagle mile relay team will advance to challenge them along with others at the regional meet. In the 1,600-meter relay event, the Eagles are seeded fifth out of 24 (24 equaling the top performer). This team finished with 3:43.43 district time. As the times stand, the Eagles will have to knock 0.10 off their time to make the finals.
“The kids are ready to go and run. We ran hard four days last week, the best week of practice all year,” Roller said. “UIL did not have a choice in my mind. The way they (UIL) had things set up was not fair for anybody.” Assistant Eagle coaches for track this year are Travis Woods and Bo Yates.
The regional track meet was reinstated by UIL on Thursday, April 30, after an overwhelming response from those involved were informed on Wednesday, April 29 of the UIL’s decision to cancel regionals. Region II-2A track meet will be Friday, May 15-Saturday, May 16 at Tarleton State University.
The top eight places on Friday, May 15 will advance from preliminary races into the finals, Saturday, May 16. From the finals only the top two will have the opportunity for state.
“I think that it is great they rescheduled the regional meets to give the kids an opportunity to do their best and possibly earn a place at the state track meet. I felt that the process they were going to use would be unfair to many of the student athletes. Many teams change relays and individual events at district in order to make the regional track meet and also maximize their point potential in the district track meets,” said C-P athletic director Paul Tullis. “Athletes in the high jump and pole vault can stop once they win the event even though they could go higher. They often opt to stop and save energy for other events and just winning may not have qualified them for the state meet the way they were determining state participants. The system is set up for a regional meet for a reason and to deny those athletes the opportunity to compete would not have been fair.”
Reflecting on this year’s past athletics, Coach Tullis felt that C-P athletes are continuing to move forward and make improvements. “The athletes have dedicated themselves to excellence and have worked hard all year to meet the higher expectations placed on them.”
The C-P Lady Eagles will join their teammates this upcoming weekend. Senior Deanna Garrett stands with a first place vault of 11-06 for her Lady Eagle team. Others in the top ten on the performance list include district opponents Janae Wilt of Grand Saline and Callie Hayden of Caddo Mills. The second seed in the region is six inches below Garrett’s mark. Garrett will be returning to state for the second time. Last year she finished fifth place, clearing 10-0 (nine inches below the fourth place finisher).
Coming in just behind Winnsboro, is fellow senior Maci Kight in the discus field event. Kight had a throw of 96-5 for a third place finish at district. Her throw puts her at 14th out of the 24. Holding at the top place is Melissa with a distance of 109-10. This will be Kight’s fourth run at regionals in the discus event. “I did my best of the three years when I was a sophomore,” recalled Kight. “I am very excited about this year. I just hope the weather works out. It should be fun.”
Lady Eagle Alondra Alonso broke out of the pack to win a silver medal in her finish in the 3,200-meter run at district securing her post at the regional meet. Her time puts her in the 10th slot, needing to take 0.40 off her time to make the finals. In addition, she will also be competing in the 800-meter run clocking 2:43.43 at district. Alonso is in the lower rankings for this race with several in this contest within just seconds of her time.
“Our athletes that are participating are for the most part young and gaining experience. The regional atmosphere and competition will be great for them to see. We also have a veteran in Deanna Garrett, who has made it to state twice, in pole vault, and she is very excited about her chances this year. We are looking forward to great things from her,” Tullis added.
C-P Lady Eagles head track coach Virginia Green has been working with her three that are advancing. “The girls have been working really hard. Maci has incorporated a lot of weight lifting into her work out the last two weeks and is throwing really well,” said Green. She has also been working on speed training with Alonso. “Her attitude is great, and they are all looking forward to this weekend’s meet. Deanna has also put in a lot of time, but has been ready for two weeks now. I am ready for us to go and let the girls perform.” Assistant track coaches for the Lady Eagles are Frances Mowat and Mark Bates.
The schedule for the Region II-2A track meet has remained the same as originally set. For Como-Pickton, on Friday, Kight will throw in discus at 12:30 p.m. followed by Garrett in the pole vault event at 2 p.m. At 3:45 p.m. opening ceremonies will commence. Preliminaries for running events start at 4 p.m. Alonso will compete in the second event with her participation of the 800-meter run. Cagle will follow her in the 400-meter run.
Just before ending the evening, Alonso will be in the final for the 3,200-meter run. The C-P Eagle mile relay performance will end the races on Friday.
On Saturday, Cagle will battle in the high jump event at 12:30 p.m.
Scheduled times for Saturday’s running event finals: 3:15 p.m.–800-meter run girls/boys; 4:25 p.m.—400-meter run girls/boys; and 5:25 p.m.—1,600-meter relay girls/boys.
This event will be held at Oscar Frazier Track at the TSU campus. There will be an admission charge of $8 per day for adults and $5 per day for students. A two day pass is available for $12 for adults and $8 for students.
NOTE: C-P Junior High sports banquet is Tuesday, May 19 in the high school cafeteria. The High School sports banquet is Thursday, May 21 in the high school cafeteria.
The first sports extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 at the various athletic facilities at Como-Pickton. “The sports extravaganza is a spring carnival featuring the athletic programs at Como-Pickton. Kids will be able to participate in many of the activities that our older athletes do in each of the sports here at our school,” explained Tullis. “For example, kids will be able to kick field goals, participate in the high jump, catch fly balls in the outfield, hit softballs in the cage, shoot free throws in the gym, and test their volleyball skills in a passing drill. Tickets for the events will be 25 cents. Everyone is invited out to have a great time.”
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