For the third straight year, Ryan will be sending its 1,600-meter relay team to the state track and field meet. This time, the Raiders did it in arguably the state’s toughest region.
Ryan’s relay team finished first at the Class 5A Region I meet in Lubbock on Saturday, edging out South Grand Prairie and Colleyville Heritage.
The top two finishers in each event qualify for the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships on May 10-11 in Austin. The best finisher from all four regions that does not automatically qualify earns the ninth spot in Austin.
The Ryan foursome of A.J. George, Terrell Cross, Zac Black and Korey Chappell won the 1,600 relay with a time of 3 minutes, 15.92 seconds, 0.8 seconds off the school record, Ryan head coach Janson Head said. The last two years in Class 4A, Ryan has finished second in the event at the state meet.
Class 4A Region I
A handful of area athletes advanced out of the Class 4A Region I track meet in Abilene on Saturday and will move on to compete in the state track and field meet.
For Guyer, the boys advanced their 800 relay team of John Schilleci, Jerrod Heard, Josh Harris and Jalen Hunter, who took second with a time of 1:26.72.
Hunter also advanced to state in both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, taking second in both events with times of 14.3 and 37.99 seconds, respectively. The Wildcats finished third as a team behind Fort Worth Southwest and El Paso Burges.
On the girls side, Guyer’s Candalyn Lyons took second in the 100 with a time 12.19 seconds to advance to state. She also ran the second leg of the Lady Wildcats’ 1,600 relay team that qualified for state after finishing second to Canyon Randall in a school-record time of 3:53.41.
That relay had an exciting conclusion as Guyer started the race in the back before Lyons got them into third place before Ola Akinniyi pushed the Lady Wildcats to the front by the time she made the final exchange. Randall’s anchor, however, caught and passed Guyer’s Leanne Bell to win the race.
Lake Dallas’ Josh Jackson earned a state berth in the triple jump by finishing second, and Thomas Parsons finished third in the 100 for the Falcons and still has a chance of getting the wild-card spot in the state meet.
Denton’s Victoria Amadi finished second in the girls triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 9.5 inches to qualify for the state meet. Denton had two more third-place finishers with a chance to earn the wild card spot at the state meet in Daniel Wilson, who finished third in the boys pole vault, and April Pena, who finished third in the girls high jump.
Class 3A Region II
The Argyle girls 1,600 relay team finished second in the Class 3A Region II meet in Commerce to earn a spot at the state meet, and will be joined by Texas-bound Spencer McCould, who won the boys high jump with a leap of 6-6.
Jon Pucciarello also earned a state berth with a second-place finish in the pole vault.
Sanger’s Bryce Perry won the girls 3,200 run with a time of 11:22.78. Krum’s Caylee Thomas finished in fourth. Perry also finished second in the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:20.89, three spots ahead of Thomas.
Jacob Perry finished second in the 3,200 run to join his sister at the state meet. The Perry siblings will be joined by Justus Morgan, who finished second for Sanger in the boys 110 hurdles with a time of 14.98 seconds.
Aubrey’s Bry’len Williams narrowly missed out on reaching the state meet, finishing fourth in the boys 100 dash at 11.01 seconds.