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Local schools battle at Region III-1A track meet

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PALESTINE — Local schools including Cumby, Miller Grove, Yantis, Sulphur Bluff, and North Hopkins trekked to Palestine competing in the recent Region III-1A track.


Advancing to state competition in Austin was Sulphur Bluff senior Everett Wilder. Wilder placed second in the 3,200-meter officially timing 10:20.29, just 4.59 seconds behind first (Logan Mynar of Kopperl) and Wilder was second in 1,600-meter run with a 4:41.45 time.

Sulphur Bluff

"We are extremely proud of Everett and his accomplishment at regionals this past weekend in Palestine,” said Sulphur Bluff athletic director and head track coach Charles Wright. “This is the second year in a row that he has made it to state, and he will definitely be working hard over the next three weeks to have a great finish to his high school career."

As a state track veteran Wilder continues to improve on his personal running records.

He will compete at Austin on June 5 in the 1,600-meter and June 6 in the 3,200-meter. As a Sulphur Bluff graduate and 2009 saluatorian, Wilder will be given the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony at Mike A. Myers stadium during the state meet as a consolation for the UIL conflict in earlier scheduling and to honor the accomplishments of the athletes. Wright said that the school is planning to video tape Wilder's graduation speech in order for him to still have that opportunity.

Wilder's track teammates competing at the regional meet were Trey Henderson in the 800-meter run and pole vaulter Dylan Horn. "Trey and Dylan performed well this weekend, with Trey making it to the finals of the 800-meter run and finishing seventh overall. Dylan looked great, finishing seventh also (with a height of 10-0), despite not having a place (pole vault pit) to practice the last three weeks. This was good experience for both of these boys, which will certainly help them to be even more successful next year, and Lord willing they will make it state," stated Wright.

Sulphur Bluff tied with Waskom and Dawson at 14th and overall 16 points. Alex York of Muenster won the pole vault competition, clearing 13-06, and Courtney Cameron earned his Timpson team 10 points in the 800-meter run at 2:01.70.

North Hopkins

Haley Flanagan earned a third place slot in the 3,200-meter run representing the North Hopkins Lady Panthers at Palestine. She crossed the finish line with a 13:37.47. Winning the race was Kelsey Hermes of Lindsay with a time of 12:22.68. Overall Flanagan scored six points, putting North Hopkins Lady Panthers in the 24th spot in the regional meet tied with Overton.

Making the trip with Flanagan was veteran Erick Perez also in the 3,200-meter run. Perez finished in fourth (four points) with a 11:06.32. The duo was  coached by North Hopkins athletic director and head coach Tim Menke.


Multi-sport athlete Timmy Cook brought home a 2:06.42 fourth place (four points) finish for the Cumby Trojans in the 800-meter run after participating in a baseball playoff game Thursday night in Tatum. Cumby fell 9-1 to Avery.

The Lady Trojans received sixth in the 1,600-meter relay, scoring two overall total points. The team comprised of Courtney Salinas, Savanah Neal, Ashley Anderson, Laura Oviedo, and alternate Valerie Partridge earned a time of 4:27.28. Lindsay's mile relay team took the top prize clocking 4:10.35.

According to Cumby head track coach Gary Parrish, Anderson and Salinas played a softball playoff game Thursday night in Van Alstyne. The Cumby coaches brought the athletes to the track meet after the games.

Oviedo ended her long jump event with a jump with a distance of 15-09.5, but was unable to earn any points. She also lept for a distance of 32-05.5 in the triple jump.

The first place finish went to Jazzline Montgomery of Big Sandy at 37-05.


Amanda McKinney made the trip to Palestine Friday. Yantis Lady Owl regional trackster McKinney qualified with a time of 18.03 in the 100-meter hurdles at the area meet. According to her coach Jennifer Payne, McKinney had been ill the week before regional competition.  She did not post a place in the event at the Region III-1A meet.

Amber Elkins of Gordon won first place with a final time of 14.42.

Miller Grove

Miller Grove Hornet high jumper Andrew Steele cleared 5-8 at the area meet in Hawkins to qualify with his fourth place finish. “The area meet went well for Andrew. He has not had much time to get on the track and practice,” Miller Grove track coach Gary Billingsley, recently said. Steele did not post in either flight of the finals for the event.

The winning height was 6-6 by Aaron Jackson of Waskom.




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