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Track & field: Liberty boys win 5A TAPPS state title

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By John Hillman / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

WACO — Argyle Liberty Christian started strong and finished strong. After scoring 42 points on the first day of competition, Liberty Christian totaled 113 points to win the boys Class 5A TAPPS state track meet held at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex.

“We stayed on track, and as the day went on, we moved ahead of schedule,” said head coach Trent Vest.

Liberty Christian began the day by winning the 4x100 relay (42.35). Carson Dowdle padded the lead with a gold medal in the 100-meters (10.62), and Bishop Dunne’s Kwatavious Jones finished second in the event (10.90)

Dunne, which placed third overall with 66 points, picked up another first in the 200 meters as Collin Heard set a state record with a 21.40.

His time shattered the old mark of 21.88 set in 2008 by Episcopal’s Alex Henderson.

“I knew everybody in Austin was going to run a fast time so I had to do something similar,” Heard said.

Plano’s John Paul II’s Cameron Meziere garnered double golds in both hurdle events, timing the 110-meter at 14.27 and 300-meter in 39.04.

In girls Class 5A, Bishop Lynch emulated Liberty Christian en route to the overall title with 114 points. Ursuline Academy totaled 81 points and finished third.

After posting 60 points on day one, Lynch continued to roll on Saturday with a silver medal in the 4x100 relay (49.12).

Erin Wrozek aided the effort by placing second in the 800 meters (2:24.78), and Cori Steele garnered a bronze in the 400 meters (59.57). Lynch wrapped up the crown with a gold medal in the 4x400 relay (4:01.26).

“I wasn’t that optimistic yesterday,” Lynch head coach Billy Clark said. “But my team did exactly what they had to do.”

Bishop Dunne’s Mackenzie Frank set a new record in the girls Class 5A 300-meter hurdles (45.94), breaking the old mark of 46.06 set by Lindsey Blanchette of Sugar Land Fort Bend Baptist in 2005.

In 4A girls action, Grapevine Faith’s Emory Cason captured three gold medals, winning the 100 meters (12.49), 200 meters (25.17), and 400 meters (57.54). Cason also claimed first place on Friday in the long jump (18-5).

Colleyville Covenant Christian placed first overall in both boys and girls Class 3A with the boys totaling 82 points and the girls 144 points.

On the boys side, Covenant Christian won the 4x400 relay (3:29.03) and placed second in the 4x100 (43.88). Individually, Brooks Friedman collected a gold medal in the 300-meter hurdles (40.64), and Cameron Savage placed first in the 200 meters (22.28)

Covenant Christian’s girls squad captured three relay medals, a gold in the 4x100 (50.96) and silvers in the 4x200 (1:48.81) and 4x400 (4:11.22).

Kara Squires and Katherine Meadows also brought home first-place finishes in the 100 meters (12.41) and 100-meter hurdles (15.94). Jade Baker garnered doubled gold in the 200 meters (25.65) and 400 meters (57.87)