Wildcats Track Finishes Second in District, Nine Wildcats Going to Area
The Wildcats’ track team had their finest district track meet in years as they narrowly lost to Texas High by 4 points. Nine Wildcats, many in multiple events, qualified for the Area Track Meet in Pine Tree on April 17 at the two-day District Meet Wednesday and Thursday (April 3-4) at Royse City. Wildcats Track Coach Matt Young said it was the best district finish for the Wildcats in eight years. On the first day, Ryan Hammons took second in the shot put to qualify for Area. Jermond Bryant-Amos was fifth. In high jump, Jeremiah Roland had a 6-foot-6 inches leap to take first place and qualify. Landry Tyson was third clearing 6-foot to qualify. In the triple jump, Damiyon Dugan had a clutch final jump of 42 feet, 11 and a half inches that moved him from fifth place to fourth as he qualified for Area by an inch. In the 3200-meter run, Landon Thornton took second to qualify and Christian Palomino placed third with his personal best to qualify. Eli Sellers qualified for Area as he won the pole vault going over 13- feet. In the long jump, the Wildcats had two qualifiers: Tyson was third going 20-feet 7-inches and Dugan was Mr. Clutch again with a final jump that got him fourth place by a quarter of an inch. Coach Young said the Wildcats scored 64 points after day one as they led the meet. There was one negative as Kylan Wade was running well in a 110-meter hurdle prelim when he hit the ninth hurdle and ended up running under the tenth to get disqualified. On day two, the Wildcats 4 x 100-meter relay was disqualified for running out of their zone. In the 800-meter run, two Wildcats qualified for Area as Nabian Ramirez was third and Sellers fourth. Rhett Reid was sixth. Tyson won the 110-meter hurdles. The Wildcats 4 x 200 meter relay team of Nabian Ramirez, Brycen Lacy, Wade and Reid finished fifth. Ricardo Torres qualified with a fourth place finish in the 400-meter run. Tyson also won the 300-meter hurdles to qualify. In the 1600-meter run, Thornton was second and qualified while Palomino was fifth. Going into the night’s final event, the 4 x 400-meter relay, Texas High led the Wildcats by a mere eight points. The Wildcats finished second to qualify but Texas High ended up third to edge out the Wildcats for the district championship by 4 points. The Wildcats relay team of Torres, Sellers, Tyson and Ramirez ran a 3:28.