The Path to Regional
County athletes dominate area track meet
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
April 15, 2008 - DeKALB - It wasn't an all-Hopkins County track meet on Monday, but the local athletes certainly made their presence felt.
Athletes from six county schools competed at the Class A Area meet between Districts 19-A and 20-A for the right to advance to the Region III meet next weekend.
The Cumby girls won the meet with 80 points, capped off by a stirring victory in the final event, the 4x400 relay.
Hopkins County athletes dominated the distance events as North Hopkins' Jose Cadena and Sulphur Bluff's Everett Wilder each won one event and took second in another, and Sulphur Bluff junior Trey Henderson won the 800 and medaled in the mile. On the girls side, North Hopkins senior Jessi Mannis was a double winner in the 3,200 and 1,600 runs, while Miller Grove senior Stormy Combs took second in both events.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the regional meet April 25-26 at Homer Bryce Stadium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Mannis, a state qualifier each of the last three years, started the meet off with a victory in the 3,200 meters in a time of 12 minutes, 53 seconds, and followed it up with an easy win in the 1,600 (6:01). Combs, a state qualifier in cross country, was second in both events in times of 13:20 and 6:12. In fact, the top five places in the 3,200 were all Hopkins County runners. Vargas from Yantis was third, Blair Bassham fourth and Jessica Jones fifth.
Not to be outdone, Mannis' teammate, Cadena, won the boys 3,200 in a time of 10 minutes, 24 seconds. Right on his heels was Sulphur Bluff's Wilder, who came in just a second back.
The pair switched places in the metric mile as Wilder won the event in a time of 4:53 while Cadena was second in 5:00.
Both boys had teammates place in the race, also. North Hopkins' Eric Perez took third in the metric two-mile (11:12) and will advance to regional, and was fifth in the 1,600 in 5:14. Sulphur Bluff's Gerardo Rodriguez took fifth in the 3,200 (11:21), while Trey Henderson was third in the mile (5:17) after he won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:08.42.
Sulphur Bluff had another regional qualifier in Dylan Horn, who was second in the pole vault with a leap of 9-0.
North Hopkins senior Roger Sancho placed second in both the 110-meter high hurdles (16.09 seconds) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.92).
Cumby sophomore Brixx Hawthorne was the 400-meter winner, running the one-lap race in 52.3 seconds.
Yantis' Terry Thompson advanced in the triple jump with a fourth place finish of 37-8. Miller Grove's Andrew Steele jumped 5-8 top place third.
On the girls' side, Cumby won the 4x400 relay with Savanah Neal, Sabryna Irwin, Ashley Anderson and Laura Oviedo. Neal, Anderson and Oviedo will also be going to regional in individual events. Neal was second in the long jump, third in the triple jump and second in the 100-meter hurdles. Anderson was third in the 800 and Oviedo was second in the triple jump.
Cumby's Ariel Parker was third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles.
In the discus, Saltillo senior Stephanie Methe took second and North Hopkins' Courtney Loper was third. Miller Grove's Natalie Bailey took fourth in the high jump.
Class A Area Meet
DeKalb High School
Hopkins County results
High jump - 3. Andrew Steele, Miller Grove, 5-8.
Long jump - 5. Daniel Cerretani, Yantis, 19-2.
Triple jump - 4. Terry Thompson, Yantis, 37-8.
Pole vault - Dylan Horn, Sulphur Bluff, 9-0.
3,200 run - 1. Jose Cadena, North Hopkins, 10:24.7; 2. Everett Wilder, Sulphur Bluff, 10:25.5; 3. Eric Perez, North Hopkins, 11:13.1; 5. Gerardo Rodriguez, Sulphur Bluff, 11:22.9.
800 - 1. Trey Henderson, Sulphur Bluff, 2:08.42.
110 hurdles - 2. Roger Sancho, North Hopkins, 16.09.
400 - 1. Brixx Hawthorne, Cumby, 52.3
300 hurdles - 2. Sancho, North Hopkins, 41.92.
1,600 - 1. Wilder, Sulphur Bluff, 4:53.3; 2. Cadena, North Hopkins, 5:00.2; 3. Henderson, Sulphur Bluff, 5:07.3; 5. Perez, North Hopkins, 5:10.4; 6. Reyes, Cumby, 5:13.1.
4x400 relay - 5. Cumby, 3:47.1.
Discus - 2. Stephanie Methe, Saltillo, 90-11; 2. Courtney Loper, North Hopkins, 85-4.
High jump - 4. Natalie Bailey, Miller Grove, 4-7.
Long jump - 2. Savanah Neal, Cumby, 15-4.
Shot put - 6. Tana Hall, North Hopkins, 29-11.
Triple jump - 2. Laura Oviedo, Cumby, 33-1; 4. Neal, Cumby, 32-7; 6. Sartin, Cumby, 28-6.
3,200 - 1. Jessi Mannis, North Hopkins, 12:53.0; 2. Stormy Combs, Miller Grove, 13:20.0; 3. Vargas, Yantis, 13:53.9; 4. Blair Bassham, North Hopkins, 14:01.2; 5. Jessica Jones, North Hopkins, 14:50.1.
800 - 3. Ashley Anderson, Cumby, 2:39.8
100 hurdles - 2. Neal, Cumby, 16.5; 4. Ariel Parker, Cumby, 17.5.
4x200 relay - 3. Cumby, 1:55.6.
300 hurdles - 4. Parker, Cumby, 54.4.
200 - 5. Oviedo, Cumby, 28.3.
1,600 - 1. Mannis, North Hopkins, 6:01.9; 2. Combs, Miller Grove, 6:12.2; 5. Vargas, Yantis, 6:29.7.
4x400 relay - 1. Cumby, 4:29.8.