Some Wildcats and Lady Cats’ track athletes qualified for the Area Track Meet on the first day of the District Track Meet Wednesday (April 4) at Pine Tree. The top four finishers only qualify for Area at the District Meet.
Wildcats Track Coach Matt Young said two Wildcats qualified for Area in shot put Wednesday. Jermond Bryant-Amos came in second with a throw of over 46 feet. Ian Blanch finished fourth after his last toss was good enough to reposition him from sixth place to fourth place. In a 3200-meter final on Wednesday, Landon Thornton set a personal record and qualified for Area finishing third. Coach Young said athletes who qualified on Wednesday for final races Thursday included three hurdlers, Ryan Humphries in the 100-meter dash, Simeon Taylor in the 200-meter dash and Ricardo Torres in the 400-meter run. They will also run relay races and the 1600-meter run on Thursday.
Lady Cats Track Coach Triston Abron said Sydney Washburn qualified for the Area Meet with a fourth place finish in the 3200-meter run at the District Meet Wednesday. Washburn competed in the 1600-meter run on Thursday. Imani Taylor qualified for the Area Meet by winning the long jump Wednesday at District. On Thursday, Taylor qualified for the triple jump with a second place finish. Taylor competed in the high jump Thursday. Coach Abron said two of his pole vaulters qualified for Area on Wednesday. Shelby McCormick finished third and Jaden Booth was fourth at the District Meet. Coach Abron said he had participants in the Thursday finals in every event except the 400-meter run. He is hoping the Lady Cats will rack up enough points to defend their district title they won at last year’s event. The Area Track Meet, featuring top four finishers from District Meets in District 15-5A and District 16-5A, will take place on April 19 again at Pine Tree.