Return trip for NH duo, C-P's Stinson

From Staff Reports

April 30, 2007 - It's back to Austin for veteran runners Ebbonye Johnson, Jessi Mannis and Bethanie Stinson, while it will be a new experience for Deanna Garrett as the four Hopkins County athletes all qualified for the UIL State Track and Field Meet.

North Hopkins' Johnson and Mannis each qualified in multiple events, while Como-Pickton's Stinson is going back to state in the distance event and teammate Garrett will be making her first trip in the pole vault.

They all qualified by placing in the top two in their respective events at the regional track meets on Friday and Saturday.

The state meet is set for May 11-12 at the Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.

North Hopkins

Johnson, the do-it-all NH senior, has already won six medals at the state meet and will be going for three more this year.

Johnson won the long jump and 300-meter hurdles at the Class A, Region III meet in Nacogdoches and finished second in the high jump.

She also was sixth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200 as she had qualified for regional in the maximum five events.

Johnson won the 300 hurdles in a time of 47.84 seconds, an event she didn't run until the meet before district.

Johnson also won the long jump with an outstanding jump of 17 feet, 6 3/4 inches. She finished second in the high jump - the event she won a state gold in last year - with a 5-4 effort. Cayuga's Jamie Hope won the event with a 5-6 jump.

During her four-year NHHS career, she has qualified for the state meet in six different events.

Mannis, an NH junior, will be going back to state in both the 1,600 and 3,200 after finishing second in both. Mannis ran the metric mile in a time of 5:31.37 and the 3,200 in 12:17.81.

Last year at state, Mannis was second in the two-mile and seventh in the mile.

Her running mate, senior Sabra Thomas did not qualify for state after doing so her first three years. She was fifth in the 3,200 at 12:42.88 and eighth in the 1,600.

Cayla Newkirk ran the 800, but did not place in a time of 2:50.69.

On the boys side, NH's Jose Cadena had the highest placing by coming in fourth in the 1,600 a time of 4:43.95.

Roger Sancho was 13th in the 110-meter hurdles (17.91) and 11th in the high jump (5-10), while he did not finish the 300 hurdles. Pedro Gonzalez was firth in the 3,200 (10:56.56).

Como-Pickton

Stinson will be back at the state meet in the 3,200 after she placed second at the Class 2A, Region III meet in Palestine in a time of 11:54.94.

Stinson was seventh in both the mile and two-mile last year at state.

Garrett will be going to her first state meet after winning the regional pole vault with a 9-9 effort.

C-P sophomore Maci Kight placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 105-7.

Others

Saltillo senior Miles Payne will be a state alternate after he placed third in the 300 hurdles in a time of 42.60. He had a busy day by placing sixth in the high jump with a 5-10 effort and seventh in the 100 (11.68).

Saltillo junior Stephanie Methe came close to earning a state bid, but had to settle for fourth in the discus with a throw of 101-5.

Saltillo senior Chloe Roberts was looking for a return trip to the state meet in the high jump, but finished 10th by clearing 4-8.

Miller Grove's Stormy Combs ran strong races in the both the 3,200 and 1,600, finishing fourth in the two-mile in 12:39.00 and eighth in the mile in a time of 5:58.71.

Cumby's Ariel Parker finished 11th in the 300-meter hurdles (52.04) and ran a leg on the Lady Trojan's 4x200 relay team that came in 15th (2:00.19).

Sulphur Bluff distance runner Everett Wilder placed fifth in the 3,200 in a time of 10:39.74.

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