Guyer’s Devin Norton became the first local athlete to punch a ticket to next week’s UIL state track and field meet, winning the girls 3,200 meters at the Class 4A Region I meet at Abilene’s McMurry University on Friday.
Norton won the 3,200 in 11 minutes, 10.30 seconds, topping the second-place finisher by almost seven seconds. The UIL state meet will be held May 9-10 at the University of Texas in Austin.
Guyer’s Colby Kuehler almost followed suit and advanced to the state meet with Norton in the boys’ version of the 3,200, but Kuehler’s 10:09.30 mark was good for just seventh in the standings. Teammate Ben Sterenberg finished 12th in the event with a time of 10:29.00.
Meanwhile, Denton’s Cody Roche tied for 12th in the boys pole vault (13-0), while Guyer’s Ethan Toy finished 13th in the boys long jump at 20-10 1/2.
Ryan Wommack cleared 14 feet, 6 inches for Ryan in the boys pole vault at the Class 5A Region I meet at Texas Tech in Lubbock, narrowly missing advancing to the state meet as an alternate by placing fifth.
Teammate Reese Strait finished 13th in the boys shot put with a toss of 49-2 1/4, and fellow Raiders Xavier Gray (42-1) and Preston Compton (41-8 1/4) finished 14th and 15th, respectively, in the boys triple jump.
Strait will open today in the discus finals at 9 a.m., while the boys 400 relay team will open the day’s running events at 2:30 p.m.