Wildcats Track Qualifies Three for Regional Meet at Area Meet Thursday
The Wildcats’ track team had three athletes qualify for the Regional Track Meet at an Area Track Meet Thursday (April 19) at Pine Tree. Dedric Godbolt qualified with a third place finish in high jump. Godbolt came in with a best jump of 6-feet but cleared 6-foot-3 at the Area competition. Wildcats Track Coach Matt Young said Godbolt bested the district champion. Kylan Wade also qualified for Regional in the 110-meter hurdles with a fourth place finish. Coach Young said Wade was slow out of the blocks but still ran a good 15.69 time. In the 300-meter hurdles, Ryan Humphries finished in second place to qualify for Regional. Coach Young said Humphries would skip the Regional Track Meet to play in a big baseball game next Friday against Hallsville. Wildcat Landry Tyson will get to go in Humphries’ place. Coach Young said Tyson started the race like a mad man but then tightened up and clipped a hurdle. Despite that Tyson finished fifth earning alternate status allowing him to fill Humphries’ spot. Coach Young said 800-meter runner Eli Sellers may also end up going to the Regional Track Meet. Coach Young said Sellers ran a personal best but missed out on fourth place by the smallest margin he’s ever seen, .008 of a second. Coach Young said it took a frame by frame comparison of the end of the race to determine fourth and fifth place. Coach Young said one of the qualifiers has indicated he might not run the 800-meter run at Regional so he can concentrate on the 1600-meter run instead. Shot putter Ian Blanch got fifth and is a Regional alternate. Jermond Bryant-Amos was sixth. Landon Thornton finished seventh in the 3200-meter run. Ricardo Torres did not qualify in the 400-meter race. Simeon Taylor matched his best time in the 200-meter dash but it was not good enough to qualify. The Regional Track Meet will be at UT Arlington April 27-28.
Lady Cats Have Four Regional Qualifiers at Area Track Meet Thursday
Four Lady Cats’ track athletes qualified for the Regional Track Meet at the Area Track Meet Thursday (April 19) at Pine Tree. Lady Cats Track Coach Triston Abron said his athletes were familiar with the Pine Tree track site since the District Meet was also held there two weeks ago. Coach Abron said Imani Taylor competed in three jumping events and qualified for Regional in two of them. Taylor took first in the long jump and third in the triple jump. She finished fifth in the high jump and is a Regional alternate. Coach Abron said two jumps were all Taylor needed in the long jump. Her best was 18-feet 6 and a quarter inches, which was far ahead of the field. Coach Abron said Taylor clear 5-feet in the high jump. Taylor also ran the first leg of the Lady Cats first place 4 X 100-meter relay team that qualified for Regional. Taylor was joined by Sadavia Porter, Abbi Baier and N’Sya Dugan. Their time was 47.63. Porter also qualified for Regional with first place finishes in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Coach Abron said Porter ran a 11.9 100-meters and a 24.9 200-meters. He added Porter also drew the attention of college coaches watching the meet. Baier also qualified for Regional by finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Dugan also qualified for Regional as a member of the 4 X 100-meter relay team. Coach Abron said he would also take freshman Bre’Asia Ivory to the Regional Track Meet as an alternate for the 4 X 100-meter relay team. Ivory ran on the Lady Cats’ 4 X 200-meter relay team that did not qualify at the Area Meet. Coach Abron would like to take his entire group of Regional qualifiers to Austin for the State Track Meet. Other Lady Cats competing at the Area meet were Shelby McCormick and Jadyn Booth in pole vault, Danielle Godbolt in discus, Sydney Washburn in the 3200-meter run and 1600-meter run and Faith Hatley in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. The Regional Track Meet will be at UT Arlington on April 27-28.