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C-P athletes compete at regional, Neither sun, nor rain impedes Region II-2A track meet

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STEPHENVILLE — It was Como-Pickton Lady Eagle senior Deanna Garrett that will be advancing to state from the Region II-2A track meet held in Stephenville at Tarleton State University.

As a veteran state pole vaulter, Garrett used the tailwind blowing to vault her into the silver medal spot. She vaulted 10-6 on Friday. Last year,  she cleared 10-0 to place fifth at state competition at Austin.

The girls' pole vault competition began at 2 p.m. and continued through the start of the running events. The last final vaults were delayed while awaiting a vaulter that was competing in the sprint relay event. Taking top prize in pole vault was Rio Vista's Lauren McFarland at 11-0 along with her sister and teammate Ashleigh McFarland with 10-6 for the bronze. Garrett's personal pole-vaulting coach George Rodriquez, of Elite Vaulters Sport Complex, was also on hand to witness Friday's performance.

Garrett is the class of 2009 saluatorian, she plans on performing in the pole vault competition at noon in Austin on Friday, June 5 and returning for the graduation ceremony that evening at Como-Pickton.

"She knows that this is it for her, and she is looking forward to going out and performing. Deanna is a great kid overall not only in athletics but in academics as well. She would be an asset to any college program," said Como-Pickton Lady Eagles head track coach Virginia Green.

The sun may have been shining on Friday's regional track meet competition but not all results were as sunny. Fellow senior Maci Kight started the track event competing for Como-Pickton off with her throw of 88-9.5 initial discus toss at noon Friday with her best marking at 94-5.5 scoring her sixth in her flight. She was unable to advance further in the field event placing 11th overall in discus. The winning throw was 118-04 by Stephanie Rauch of Troy.

"Maci (Kight) did great...The wind was blowing terribly, but she fought through it just fine, thanks to all of Coach Linda Rankin's help in the weight room," said Green. "Deanna (Garrett) also did great; she has worked so hard this year and has made a lot of improvements. Alondra did not place in the 800-meter, but she performed well...as a freshman this was awesome. She is ready for next year and so am I...I am very proud of all of my girls. They are the greatest bunch of girls ever. We all wish Deanna the best, and I know she will perform well."

Kicking off the running events for the Como-Pickton Eagles was freshman Trevor Cagle in the 400-meter run. Cagle crossed the finish line with a 52.91, but not quite enough speed to place in the top eight for the finals. He place 12th overall behind district opponent Davontae McNeal of Quitman at eighth place spot in the preliminary. McNeal went on to place sixth, 52.02.

Ending the competing for the Lady Eagles was Alondra Alonso in the 3,200-meter run. She finished with a sixth place time of 13.44. Final results put Brooke Farris of Howe at first with 12:13.09, Charley Taggart of Grandview in second with 12:24.22, and from Valley View, Taylor Felderhoff in third with a time of 12:42.73. Alonso slated 17th in the 800-meter run in the preliminary race with a time of 2:44.32.

The Como-Pickton Eagle mile relay team ended the Friday night regional track contest. Taking the first leg was Angel Mercado, followed by teammates Trevor Cagle, Hunter Cooksey, and Seth Sturgill as last leg. The 1,600-meter relay clocked 3:46.82 time. The winning mile relay team was Pottsboro with 3:23.84.

On under the rain clouds Saturday, Como-Pickton Eagle Trevor Cagle returned to high jump. Cagle opted out of opening height of 5-6, only to no height at the 5-8 level, dampening chances at state.

“Had we run two weeks ago (as initially slated) we would have had a good shot a making the finals in the mile relay. Young guys need to compete every week to get better. We found out the Cagle was going to get to high jump just a week ago, and we did not have much time to work. In the 400, Cagle ran well, missing the finals by about a half a second,” Como-Pickton Eagle head track coach Greg Roller said. “Overall, it was a great learning experience for our kids. Next year we will know what it is all about and be better prepared to compete at a high level.”

 

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