Throughout the track and field season, Ryan coach Janson Head has penciled in different names for the boys 1,600-meter relay.
Head will not stray from that pattern when the relay team joins the rest of Ryan’s athletes for the Class 5A Region I meet at Texas Tech. The team that runs today in hopes of reaching state for the third straight year had never run together before this season.
Injuries and fantastic circumstances have kept Ryan’s top lineup from circling the track. The Raiders have used an assortment of athletes to keep the relay team’s state medal hopes alive.
“For us to be in the position that we are and to have a chance to go to state, it has truly been a team effort. We’ve had a lot of guys contribute and chip in,” Head said. “It’s really hard because now we’re getting down to this point where the guys who aren’t running on it [the relay team], it gets tough on them but they’ve all contributed.”
Schools from all over the Denton area will be competing in their respective meets this weekend. The top two finishers in each event in Saturday’s finals will reach the state meet, along with the next top finisher from across the state.
Head said he plans on running A.J. George, Terrell Cross, Zac Black and Korey Chappell in today’s preliminary heat, and if the team qualifies for Saturday’s finals, he may tweak his lineup again.
Ryan’s 1,600 team finished second in the 4A state meet last year and won the event in 2011. But this year the Raiders will be fighting an uphill battle.
The move from Class 4A to 5A put Ryan in arguably the state’s toughest region for the 1,600 relay. Over the last two years, three of the top four finishers in the event have come from Region I.
The team regained Chappell’s services last week at the area meet, where the relay team finished as the runner-up, 0.73 seconds behind Colleyville Heritage.
Chappell suffered a strained hamstring and was sidelined for about a month. The senior said the absence from the track was something he wasn’t accustomed to.
“It was hard because I never missed that race before and that was my first few times missing it,” Chappell said. “But I knew my team could pull through and get it done, get the job done.”
Seniors Kyeem Turner and Darion Simon helped steady the relay team amidst absences on the team and throughout Ryan’s track and field squad.
Ryan managed to win four meets this year and finish second twice. Cross, a sophomore, said the Raiders have enjoyed their depth, especially on the relay team.
“It helps us a lot, because if we didn’t have anybody else to be able to run a fast enough time to keep us in the running to be here at regionals, it helps a lot for somebody else to be there,” Cross said.
Head said 5A Region I may be the toughest region in the country, but he remains optimistic.
“I really like our chances, even though it’s going to be tough,” Head said. “Going in, we’re .7 of a second off the fastest time run at the area meets. There was a lot of potential for us to run better. A lot of things happened the other day.”
Raiders sending three others to regionals
Sekou Clark, Randalle Williams and Mariah Young also will represent Ryan at this weekend’s regional meet in Lubbock.
Clark will participate in the shot put, while Williams will run in the 300 hurdles. Young, Ryan’s lone female participant, will participate in the long jump.
Guyer, Denton, Lake Dallas in 4A Region I meet
Coming off a victory at the District 5-4A meet, Guyer carries 20 entries into the Class 4A Region I meet at McMurry.
All three of Guyer’s boys relay teams qualified for the regional meet in Abilene, along with the girls 800 and 1,600 relays.
Lake Dallas’ 400 relay team will represent the Lady Falcons along with 10 other entries. Josh Jackson (high jump, long jump and triple jump), James Bradley (1,600 and 3,200) and Brielle Brown (100 dash and 400 relay) will participant in multiple events for Lake Dallas.
Denton’s Daniel Wilson will represent the Broncos in pole vault as the school’s lone male participant.
Argyle’s McCloud highlights 3A Region II meet
Argyle’s Spencer McCloud enters the Class 3A Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce as the top seed in the boys high jump.
McCloud, who has signed with Texas on a track scholarship, comes in with a seeding mark that’s four inches better than his next competitor.
Sanger’s Cody Howard joins Krum’s Cade Wall and Tanner Rankin in the event. All three enter the high jump preliminaries with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches.
On the girls side, Krum’s Kim Robinson leads the Lady Cats into this weekend’s meet. Robinson is entered in four events (100, long jump, discus and shot put).
Robinson is one of 11 Krum qualifiers at the regional. Argyle is taking 13 qualifiers to the meet, while Sanger has 24 entrants.
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CLASS 5A REGION I MEET, TEXAS TECH
Shot put — Sekou Clark, Ryan
300 hurdles — Randalle Wiliams, Ryan
1,600 relay — Ryan (A.J. George, Terrell Cross, Zac Black, Korey Chappell)
Long jump — Mariah Young, Ryan
CLASS 4A REGION I MEET, MCMURRY
High jump — Joshua Jackson, Lake Dallas
Long jump — Joshua Jackson, Lake Dallas
Triple jump — Joshua Jackson, Lake Dallas; Ethan Toy, Guyer
Discus — Colton Lively, Lake Dallas
Shot put — Bryce Williams, Lake Dallas
Pole vault — Daniel Wilson, Denton
100 — Thomas Parsons, Lake Dallas; John Schilleci, Guyer
200 — Josh Harris, Guyer
400 — Juan Campos, Lake Dallas
800 — Colby Kuehler, Guyer; Tony Perez, Guyer
1,600 — James Bradley, Lake Dallas
3,200 — James Bradley, Lake Dallas
110 hurdles — Jaylen Hunter, Guyer
300 hurdles — Jaylen Hunter, Guyer
400 relay — Guyer (Adam Scott, Anthony Taylor, Josh Harris, John Schilleci)
800 relay — Guyer (John Schilleci, Jerrod Heard, Josh Harris, Anthony Taylor, Jaylen Hunter)
1,600 relay — Guyer (Tripp Reed, Alex Honey, David Haynes, Victor Hubbard)
High jump — April Pena, Denton
Long jump — Kiana Brown, Guyer
Triple jump — Victoria Amadi, Denton
100 — Candalyn Lyons, Guyer; Brielle Brown, Lake Dallas
200 — Candalyn Lyons, Guyer; Joyner Harris, Guyer
400 — April Pena, Denton; Ola Akinniyi, Guyer
3,200 — Devin Horton, Guyer; Dria Windle, Guyer
100 hurdles — Victoria Amadi, Denton
300 hurdles — Paetyn Peterie, Guyer
400 relay — Lake Dallas (Brielle Brown, Nina Jordan, Sophie Jackson, Derriere’ Blake)
800 relay — Guyer (Joyner Harris, Da’ija Shelton, Leah Modawell, Leanne Bell)
1,600 relay — Guyer (Autumn Eustache, Candalyn Lyons, Ola Akinniyi, Leanne Bell)
CLASS 3A REGION II MEET, A&M-COMMERCE
High jump — Spencer McCloud, Argyle; Cade Wall, Krum; Tanner Rankin, Krum
Discus — Aaron Gilmore, Krum
Pole vault — Jon Pucciarello, Argyle
200 — Connor Wilson, Argyle; Brennan Ellis, Krum
800 — Gabriel Landin, Argyle
1,600 — Gabriel Landin, Argyle
3,200 — Alvarro Quintanilla, Argyle; Jacob Perry, Sanger; Josh Mills, Sanger;
800 relay — Guyer (Chase Green, Hunter Treadwell, Ian Sadler, Connor Wilson)
High jump — Julia Schmaltz, Krum
Long jump — Kim Robinson, Krum
Discus — Kim Robinson, Krum
Shot put — Kim Robnsion, Krum
Pole vault — Aljona Begaj, Argyle; Laura Lotze, Argyle
100 — Kim Robinson, Krum
400 — Taylor Mueller, Argyle
1,600 — Caylee Thomas, Krum; Bryce Perry, Sanger
3,200 — Annamarie Woolums, Argyle; Caylee Thomas, Krum; Bryce Perry, Sanger
300 hurdles — Alli Styron, Argyle
1,600 relay — Argyle (Brooke Robertson, Laine Lowry, Cassi Hargroves, Taylor Mueller)
CLASS 2A REGION II MEET, TARTLEON STATE
Discus — Jake Allen, Pilot Point
Shot put — Coyt Kimbrell, Pilot Point
300 hurdles — Austin Rider, Pilot Point
400 relay — Pilot Point (Jason Juarez, DeCoven Bailey, Austin Trinklein, Ian Dietz)
800 relay — Pilot Point (Jason Juarez, DeCoven Bailey, Austin Trinklein, Ian Dietz)
Discus — Cassie Reeves, Pilot Point
Shot put — Cassie Reeves, Pilot Point
400 relay — Pilot Point (Kaitlyn Jordan, Sierra Brooks, Jacie Wilson, Brianna Williams)
800 relay — Pilot Point (Kaitlyn Jordan, Preslie Miller, Jacie Wilson, Brianna Williams)
1,600 relay — Pilot Point (Kaitlyn Jordan, Preslie Miller, Sierra Brooks, Abby Switzer)