Good Feelings: SSHS track team make solid showings at Parr Relays
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Feb. 29, 2008 - TEXARKANA - The SSHS track teams came away from the highly competitive Paul Parr Relays at Liberty-Eylau on Thursday feeling pretty good about themselves.
The varsity and JV boys both finished in second place in the team standings, while the varsity girls came away with third place, one of their best showings in years.
The girls got two first-place finishes from freshman Megan Massey in the metric mile and two-mile races, while the varsity boys earned 11 different medals.
The Wildcats earned points in throwing and jumping events, distance, sprints, hurdles and relays - a well-rounded performance for coach Jeff Riordan.
"What I felt best about is that we went to a meet with a lot of speed and we competed. Our kids ran well," Riordan said. "The varsity boys and JV both got second, so it's very promising for us. I think our boys realize that they can go and compete with anyone right now. We got points from everywhere.
"It was a very positive meet for us, and I think the kids are going to build on it."
The Wildcats didn't win a gold medal at the meet, but had five second-place finishes, including Shane McQueen with a strong finish in the 300-meter hurdles (41.6 seconds), two silver medals from Tyler Wilson in the 800 and 1,600-meter races, and a 2-3 finish in the 3,200-meters from Ross Hicks and Garrett Gray. Hicks and Gray also finished third and fifth behind Wilson in the metric mile.
The Wildcats also scored multiple points in the shot put with a 48-11 heave from Rodney Evans for second place, and a third-place showing from Colton Nash and fifth place from Andrew Burton.
Burton got a medal of his own in the discus with a third-place effort (137-5). Two relays placed third for the Wildcats as the 4x100 team of Darrell Franklin, LeMarcus Kendricks, Tyrik Rollison and DaQualin Evans ran a time of 44.1, and the 4x200 team of Chris Thompson, McQueen, Bryant "Day Day" Jackson and Evans clocked a 1:32.5.
Evans finished fifth in the 200 (23.2), Anthony Mills was fifth in the 80 (2:12) and high jump (5-8), and Darryl Franklin and Kendricks finished fifth and sixth in the 100. Jackson was fourth in the triple jump (41-0).
The 4x400 relay team of Mills, Jackson, Alvin Frazier and Triston Crook finished fifth in 3:43.
the Wildcats had a winning performance in the 200 meters from Ryan Young (23.4), and he also anchored the 4x100 relay's winning performance, teaming with Markelle Williams, Kaylon Alexander and Adrian Johnson.
Other medal winners were Jake Russell and Tadarius Johnson, second and third in the shot put, Young second in the long jump, Jared Morgan second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600, Preston Weaver third in the 800, JaQuavian Willis third in the 300 hurdles, the third-place 4x200 relay team of Keiston Clayton, Alexander, Johnson and Young, and the third place 4x400 relay team of Demontra Morris, Chris Sorley, Garrett Ferguson and Sawyer Sinclair.
Massey, running the two-mile event for the first time, took off from the competition and won it in a time of 13 minutes, 21 seconds. She came back later in the meet to win the 1,600 going away in a time of 6:11.
She helped the Lady Cats score over 70 points, their best showing in years.
"The girls did really well," said head coach Matt Young. "We're still getting the team put together, so we were really pleased with how they did.
"Lots of different people scored points, and a lot of different people placed."
Freshman Julie Hromcik also performed well, taking third in the metric mile and fourth in the two-mile. Samantha Owens was fifth in the 3,200 as well.
The Lady Cats got medals in all three relays, placing third in each event. The 4x100 team of Talea Reynolds, Ashanti Ivery, Bradyn Burney and Delandria Pryor (53.2) all scored points in other events as well.
Pryor took third in the shot put and ran on the 4x200 relay (1:54) with Trashonda Green, Ivery and Frankeisha Hawkins. Ivery, Green and Hawkins also ran on the 4x400 team with Ana Sanchez (4:34).
Burney, a freshman, took fifth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.9 seconds. Others placing fifth were Reynolds in the discus, Hawkins in the high jump (4-6) and Sanchez in the 800 (2:42). Reynolds and Hawkins placed sixth in the shot put and triple jump, respectively.
Paul Parr Relays
(some times, distances not available)
Shot put - 2. Rodney Evans, 48-11; 3. Colton Nash, 44-4; 5. Andrew Burton.
Discus - 3. Burton, 137-5; 6. Nash.
High jump - 5. Anthony Mills, 5-8.
Triple jump - 4. Bryant Jackson, 41-0.
3,200-meter run - 2. Ross Hicks, 11:06; 3. Garrett Gray, 11:11.
4x100 relay - 3. Darrell Franklin, LeMarcus Kendricks, Tyrik Rollison, Dequalin Evans, 44.1.
800 - 2. Tyler Wilson, 2:07; 5. Mills, 2:12.
100 - 5. Franklin, 11.3; 6. Kendricks, 11.6.
4x200 relay - 3. Chris Thompson, Shane McQueen, Jackson, D. Evans, 1:32.5.
300 hurdles - 2. McQueen, 41.1.
200 - 5. D. Evans, 23.2.
1,600 - 2. Wilson, 4:59; 3. Hicks, 5:01; 5. Gray, 5:05.
4x400 relay - 5. Mills, Jackson, Alvin Frazier, Triston Crook, 3:43.
Shot put - 3. Delandria Pryor; 6. Talea Reynolds.
Discus - 5. Reynolds.
High jump - 5. Frankeisha Hawkins, 4-6.
Triple jump - 6. Hawkins.
3,200 - 1. Megan Massey, 13:21; 4. Julie Hromcik, 14:01; 5. Samantha Owens.
4x100 relay - 3. Reynolds, Ashanti Ivery, Bradyn Burney, Pryor, 53.0.
800 - 5. Ana Sanchez, 2:42.
100 - 5. Burney, 12.9.
4x200 - 3. Trashonda Green, Ivery, Hawkins, Pryor, 1:54.
1,600 - 1. Massey, 6:11; 3. Hromcik.
4x400 - 3. Sanchez, Ivery, Hawkins, Green, 4:34.
Shot put - 2. Jake Russell, 38-11; 3. Tadarius Johnson, 38-10.
Discus - 5. Tyler Halerumal, 101-0; 6. Russell, 100-0.
High jump - 4. Demontra Morris, 5-8.
Long jump - 2. Ryan Young, 17-11.5.
3,200 - 2. Jared Morgan.
4x100 relay - 1. Markelle Williams, Kaylon Alexander, Adrian Johnson, Young, 45.1.
800 - 3. Preston Weaver, 2:13; 4. Chris Sorley, 2:18; 5. Tanner Bolton, 2:20.
100 - 5. Williams, 11:4.
4x200 relay - 2. Keiston Clayton, Alexander, Johnson, Young, 1:34.5.
300 hurdles - 3. JaQuavian Willis, 47.2.
200 - 1. Young, 23.4.
1,600 - 3. Morgan.
4x400 relay - 3. Morris, Sorley, Garrett Ferguson, Sawyer Sinclair, 3:58.