NH girls dominate area track meet
From Staff Reports

April 15, 2004 -- RICE -- Another track meet, another dominating performance by the North Hopkins Lady Panthers.

With Mary Casey and Ebbonye Johnson each winning two events, and Hope Harber, Kate Hollenshead and Sara Weir all earning individual golds, the Lady Panthers scored 176 points at the Class 1A area track meet Wednesday and qualified girls for the regional track meet in all but three events.

The area meet, which pitted Districts 17-1A and 18-1A, was dominated by the 18-1A teams. North Hopkins rolled up 176 points, with Life Charter second at 100 and Boles third at 81.

Yantis and Cumby also qualified athletes for the regional meet in Nacogdoches April 30-May 1, as the top four in each event advance.

But, the area meet belonged to North Hopkins as they won the opening race -- with a 1-2-3 finish from Casey, Hollenshead and Sabra Thomas in the 3,200-meter run -- and the final event as the foursome of Casey, Johnson, Harber and Hollenshead took gold in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:22.70. Casey timed a personal best of 12:05.09, while Hollenshead came in at 12:23 and Thomas was a second behind her.

Casey came back in the 1,600 run with a season-best time of 5:28.32, while Thomas was second in 5:40.41, and Rosie Fuentes was third in 5:55.61.

Hollenshead and Fuentes took first and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run with times of 2:35.12 and 2:42.26. Esther Fernandez of Yantis also advanced in the race with a fourth-place time of 2:43.88.

Johnson won both the 400-meter dash in 1:01.50 and the 200 in 27.50, while Hope Harber was third in the quarter in 1:07.12. Johnson also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 15-10.

In the high jump, Johnson placed third, while Chancey Harber was fourth. They were both edged out by Cumby's Megan Strickland, who placed second after clearing 5-0.

Weir won the 300-meter hurdles with a clocking of 52.39, and Chancey Harber was third in the race in 54.33. Weir also placed fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Harber also set a season best in the discus with a throw of 107-11. North Hopkins' Katy Williams was second in the shot put with a 38-0 toss.

North Hopkins' 800 relay and Yantis' mile relay will both advance after the Lady Panthers were third and Lady Owls fourth in their respective races. Cumby's 400-meter relay team placed fifth.

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