NH's Johnson qualifies for five events at district meet

From Staff Reports

April 13, 2007 - DeKALB - Hopkins County will be well-represented at the Class A, Region III track and field meet as North Hopkins, Saltillo, Cumby, Miller Grove and Sulphur Bluff all had athletes advance past the area meet, held Wednesday.

For North Hopkins and Miller Grove, it was the usual suspects in the spotlight.

North Hopkins' do-it-all athlete Ebbonye Johnson again qualified for regional in five events, including wining four gold medals at the area meet, while distance runners Jessi Mannis and Sabra Thomas again both qualified in three events.

On the boys side, Roger Sancho won one event and qualified for regional in three others.

Miller Grove's Stormy Combs continued her ascendance in the distance running ranks, winning the 3,200-meter run and getting third in the 1,600.

Saltillo had a nice showing at the area meet, led by seniors Miles Payne, Travis Thompson and Chloe Roberts and junior Stephanie Methe.

For Cumby, Ariel Parker will advance in two events.

The top four in each event qualified for the regional meet, which is scheduled for April 27-28 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.


Ebbonye Johnson has made a second home of the regional track meet, qualifying in multiple events all four years she has been at North Hopkins High School.

On Wednesday, she won four of the area events: the 100 (12.91 seconds), the 300 hurdles (49.16), the high jump (5-4), the long jump (17-3), and she was fourth in the 200 (28.17). Last year, she won three medals at the state track meet and has won five state track medals in all.

Meanwhile, Mannis and Thomas are again returning to the regional meet as well, along with Miller Grove's Combs. The three runners led a Hopkins County dominance of the distance events.

Mannis won the 1,600, followed by Thomas in second and Combs in third. In the 3,200, it was Combs winning while Mannis was second and Thomas third. NH senior Rosa Fuentes was fifth in both races.

NH junior Cayla Newkirk was fourth in the 800-meter run.

Cumby's Ariel Parker placed fourth in the 300 hurdles, and also ran a leg on the Lady Trojans' third-place 800-meter relay team along with Christi Nedved, Lindsey Melton and Scarlet Tarno.

In the field events, Saltillo's Methe unleashed a throw of 94 feet, 7 inches to win the discus. Her teammate, Chloe Roberts, was fourth in the high jump and will advance to area. Two years ago, Roberts qualified for state in the event.

As a team, North Hopkins finished as runner-up at area with 97 points. McLeod won the meet with 140.


Saltillo senior Miles Payne won a pair of silver medals and was fourth in another event to qualify in three events. He was second in the 100-meter dash (11.50 seconds) and high jump (6-0), while he was fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.65).

Winning the intermediate hurdles was North Hopkins junior Roger Sancho in a time of 41.36 seconds. Sancho was fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.77) and high jump (5-6), while running a leg on the 1,600-meter relay team that placed fourth.

Also running on that relay team were Dylan Horne, Jose Cadena and Jesus Delgado. Cadena placed second in the 1,600 to qualify for area. In the 3,200, NH's Pedro Gonzales was fourth, one place behind Sulphur Bluff's Everett Wilder.

Saltillo's Thompson punched his ticket to area in two events, placing third in the discus and the shot put.

Complete results are below:

Class A Area Track

at DeKalb

(County participants only)


Team - 1. McLeod 100; 5. North Hopkins 39; 7. Saltillo 32; 10. Sulphur Bluff 20; 17. Cumby 2; 18. Miller Grove 1.

Discus - 3. Travis Thompson, Saltillo, 113-10.

High jump - 2. Miles Payne Saltillo, 6-0; 4. Roger Sancho, North Hopkins, 5-6.

Shot put - 3. Travis Thompson, Saltillo, 41-11; 6. Billy Bob Norris, Miller Grove, 38-7.

3,200-meter run - 3. Everett Wilder, Sulphur Bluff, 10:36.41; 4. Pedro Gonzales, North Hopkins, 10:48.95; 5. Trey Henderson, 10:54.76; 6. Jose Cadena, North Hopkins, 11:05.51.

800 - 3. Merced Rodriguez, Sulphur Bluff, 2:13.42.

110 hurdles - 4. Roger Sancho, North Hopkins, 16.77.

100 - 2. Miles Payne, Saltillo, 11.50.

400 - 6. Jacob Stahl, Sulphur Bluff, 56.59.

300 hurdles - 1. Roger Sancho, North Hopkins, 41.36; 4. Miles Payne, Saltillo, 42.65.

200 - 5. Brixx Hawthorne, Cumby, 24.37.

1,600 - 2. Jose Cadena, North Hopkins, 4:52.92; 5. Everett Wilder, Sulphur Bluff, 5:03.01; 5. Trey Henderson, Sulphur Bluff, 5:08.94.

4x400 relay - 4. North Hopkins, 3:47.66; 6. Sulphur Bluff, 4:13.11.


Team - 1. McLeod 140; 2. North Hopkins 97; 9. Miller Grove 18; 11. Saltillo 16; 11. Cumby 16; 24. Yantis 2; 25. Sulphur Bluff 1.

Discus - 1. Stephanie Methe, Saltillo, 94-7; 6. Savannah Starek, North Hopkins, 84-8 1/2.

High jump - 1. Ebbonye Johnson, North Hopkins, 5-4; 3. Chloe Roberts, Saltillo, 4-10; 5. Natalie Bailey, Miller Grove, 4-8.

Long jump - 1. Ebbonye Johnson, North Hopkins, 17-3; 5. Jamie Snider, Yantis, 14-8.

Shot put - 5. Megan Lehr, North Hopkins, 30-10.

3,200 - 1. Stormy Combs, Miller Grove, 12:26.45; 2. Jessi Mannis, North Hopkins, 12:44.80; 3. Sabra Thomas, North Hopkins, 12:52.29; 5. Rosa Fuentes, North Hopkins, 13:55.28; 6. Veronica Gutierrez, Sulphur Bluff, 14:50.92.

800 - 4. Cayla Newkirk, North Hopkins, 2:47.38.

100 - 1. Ebbonye Johnson, North Hopkins, 12.91.

4x200 relay - 3. Cumby, 1:57.88.

300 hurdles - 1. Ebbonye Johnson, North Hopkins, 49.16; 4. Ariel Parker, Cumby, 52.61.

200 - 4. Ebbonye Johnson, 28.17.

1,600 - 1. Jessi Mannis, North Hopkins, 5:51.67; 2. Sabra Thomas, North Hopkins, 5:53.66; 3. Stormy Combs, Miller Grove, 6:02.55; 5. Rosa Fuentes, North Hopkins, 6:32.32.

4x400 relay - 3. North Hopkins, 4:34.39.

Older Archives

Looking for News-Telegram Sports and News Archives for January 2004 - November 2008