Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.
The Sanger boys also placed second, in the 3A Region II meet, led by Jacob Perry and Reese Thompson, each of whom won two events.
In all, 18 spots are guaranteed to be filled by Denton-area athletes at the state meet May 9 and 10 in Austin.
LUBBOCK — Maurice Gordon’s second-place finish in the boys 200 meters highlighted Ryan’s day in the Region I track at Texas Tech.
Gordon finished the 200 in 21.22 seconds. Also earning a shot at the state meet was the boys 800 relay team, which finished third in 1:25.95.
Any athlete or team that finishes in third place, in any event, at each regional has a chance at advancing to Austin. Whoever records the best time or distance among third-place finishers for each event across all regions will be granted a spot in the state meet.
Ryan’s boys 400 and 1,600 relay teams placed fourth, finishing in 41.73 and 3:16.97, respectively. Reese Strait tied for 14th in the boys discus with a throw of 144 feet, 10 inches.
ABILENE — Guyer’s girls had two relay teams (400 and 800) clinch spots in the state meet with winning times of 47.43 and 1:40.38, respectively, while the boys 800 team (1:26.93) also advanced with a win.
A third Guyer girls relay team — the 1,600 — finished third in 3:57.82 and will have a chance to advance.
Guyer hurdler Jalen Hunter moved on in both the 110 and 300 for the boys. Hunter won the 110 hurdles in 13.88 seconds and was the runner-up in 38.10 in the 300, while Tony Perez placed second in the boys 800 in 1:55.40.
The top spots in the girls 100 were swept by area athletes. Candalyn Lyons of Guyer won in 11.88 seconds and was followed by Lake Dallas’ Brielle Brown, who finished in 12.05.
Another Falcon, Joshua Jackson, won the boys high jump with a leap of 6-9. Teammates Thomas Parsons and Taylor Davis each finished third — Parsons in the boys 100 (10.69) and Davis in the girls 400 (56.48). They will wait to see if they move on to Austin.
Guyer’s Colby Kuehler (boys 1,600, 4:32.79) and Jacobi Jefferson (boys triple jump, 46-3) each placed fourth to barely miss advancing. Fellow Wildcat Bri Van Voorhis ran a 5:24.66 in the girls 1,600 to place sixth.
The Guyer boys 400 relay team finished fifth in 42.73 seconds, while the 800 relay boys from Denton were sixth in 1:29.66.
Among the seventh-place finishers were: Guyer’s Paetyn Peterie (girls 100 hurdles, 15.71, and 300 hurdles, 46.88) and Anthony Taylor (boys 200, 22.31); and Lake Dallas’ Brown (girls 200, 25.93).
Guyer’s Ben Sterenberg (4:36.40) followed teammate Kuehler in the 1,600 with a ninth-place showing. Teammates Kiana Brown (girls triple jump, 33-8 1/2) and Ethan Toy (boys long jump, 20-10 1/2) finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
For Denton, April Pena tied for ninth in the girls high jump with a clearance of 5 feet. Makayla Minter placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 33-6, while counterpart Rowdy Clark threw a 45-7 1/2 in the boys shot put for 16th place.
Alex Goff was 10th in the boys 800 for the Broncos with a time of 2:00.94. Cody Roche cleared 13 feet in the boys pole vault to tie for 12th place.
COMMERCE — Sanger’s Perry and Thompson each followed up strong showings on Friday with similar results Saturday. Perry, after winning the boys 3,200 Friday night, claimed the 1,600 in 4:24.20. Meanwhile, Thompson won the boys 110 hurdles in 14.42 after clearing 16-3 to win the pole vault on Friday.
Others to advance to the state meet for the Indians were Bre Henderson, who won the girls 400 in 58.12, and the boys 800 relay team that placed second in 1:28.85.
Argyle’s girls 1,600 relay group ran a 3:58.73 for first place and is the only Eagle team or athlete guaranteed to compete in Austin next month. The Lady Eagles’ 800 relay team was eighth in 1:46.98.
A slew of local competitors claimed third-place finishes. From Argyle, there were Annamarie Woolums (girls 1,600, 5:31.65, and 3,200, 11:35.77) and Laura Lotze (pole vault, 11-0). Sanger’s Madi Wilson (girls shot put, 35-5 3/4) and Josh Mills (boys 1,600, 4:26.96) also were third. Wilson added a runner-up finish in the girls discus on Friday, tossing a 128-2, ahead of fellow Sanger athlete Brooke Lewis (10th, 99-9). Mills was fourth in the 3,200 on Friday, running a 9:51.01, while teammate Josh Rainey came in sixth in 10:02.89.
Following Thompson in the boys pole vault on Friday were teammates Jon Pucciarello (fifth, 13-6) and Logan Dial (seventh, 13-0), as well as Sanger’s Will Carter (tied for eighth, 12-6).
Argyle’s Taylor Mueller (59.69) followed Henderson in the girls 400 with a fifth-place finish, while Sanger’s Audrey Springer (5:32.76) came in after Woolums in the girls 1,600 for fourth place.
Mueller also had a jump of 36-1 1/4 in the girls triple jump to finish sixth, just behind Krum’s Savannah Brinkley, who was fifth with a 36-1 1/2. Brinkley finished 12th in the girls long jump with a distance of 16 feet.
Argyle’s Alli Stryon was seventh in the girls long jump with a 16-11 and sixth in the 300 with a 48.80. Aubrey’s Charity Northcutt finished the 300 in 50.89 to place eighth.
Argyle’s Taylor Sweatt had a discus throw of 146 feet on Friday to place fifth in the boys division. He added an 11th-place finish with a long jump of 20-11 1/4, beating teammate Thompson (12th) by less than a foot at 20-10 1/2.
Sanger’s Kion Evans was a fifth-place finisher in the boys 100, running an 11.12, while the Indians’ boys 400 relay team also was fifth, finishing in 43.03.
Krum’s Cade Wall and Colton Lucas competed in the boys high jump. Wall tied for fifth place with a clearance of 6-4, while Lucas cleared 6 feet to tie for 10th.
A pair of Argyle runners were top-10 in the 200. For the boys, Hunter Markwardt (22.30) placed seventh, while Laine Lowry (26.77) finished eighth. Dane Ledford added a 41-11 1/2 effort in the boys triple to finish 12th for the Eagles.
Sanger teammates Brance Watts (46-7) and Clay Worthey (42-11 1/2) competed in the boys shot put, placing ninth and 11th, respectively.
Aubrey’s Hannah Schmitz tied for 13th in the girls high jump by clearing 4-6, and Ryan Dick was 10th in the boys 800 after running a 2:04.88.
Following Woolums in the girls 3,200 on Friday was Sanger’s Brandi Stalder, who finished 10th in 12:31.42. Aljona Begaj tied for seventh in the girls pole vault behind teammate Lotze, clearing 9 feet, while Sanger’s Grace Muir tied for 10th at 8-6.
STEPHENVILLE — Pilot Point’s DaCoven Bailey placed fourth in both the boys 100 (10.98 seconds) and 200 (22.61) on Saturday at the 2A Region II meet at Tarleton State.
Jacie Wilson (26.24) got a fifth-place finish in the girls 200 for Pilot Point.
Chris Aivaliotis topped the standings for Ponder, throwing a 46 1/4 in the boys shot put for seventh place. Zach Simpson was eighth in the discus with a 131-11.
Kaylee Buell of Ponder was 12th in the girls 800 in 2:30.30, while Pilot Point’s Clayton Williams also was 12th, finishing in 2:11.04 in the boys 800.
In the boys high jump, Craig Reames tied for 13th with a leap of 5-10 for Ponder. Chris Patten cleared 5-8 to finish 15th for Pilot Point.