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19 Commerce Tigers Field Qualify for Area Meet at District Meet Last Week

The Commerce Tigers track and field team won the 12-3A district meet held Apr. 7-9 in Rains, TX.

Not only did the varsity leave the meet district champions, but so too did the junior varsity. The varsity won the district meet after accumulating 173.5 points, almost 50 points above second place Paris Chisum.

The JV fared even better, winning the 12-3A district meet held in Rains after beating second place Emory Rains by 32 points. The Tigers’ JV track and field team finished with 172 points.

Preliminary qualifiers took place on Wednesday. The finals for the district 12-3A meet took place on Thursday and Friday. Athletes or teams who were able to finish in the top four in their respective events in the finals moved on to participate in the district meet that will be held next week.

Oliver Roberts and Jovani Castanada both qualified for area in the 3200M run after finishing first and fourth, respectively. Sacramento Galvan narrowly missed out in fifth. Omarhi Davis was able to qualify in long jump after snatching second.

The Tigers managed to get the second through fourth places in shot put, as Richard Jackson got second, followed by Anton Stapleton and Davis who were all able to qualify.

Davis also managed to move on to area in the discuss event, and he will be joined by Jayston Jones who finished fourth. Ty Hoffman got sixth in high jump.

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And now on to the final day of events, held on Friday. Starting with varsity, Jaydon Harris placed fifth in the 100M dash. Ashton Seale and Aidan Crowder were both able to qualify for area after placing second and third in the event. Enrique Morales qualified in the 400M dash after finishing bronze.

Morales also qualified in the 800M run after snatching second, but he was not alone in that regard in the event, as Oliver Roberts and Isaac Hernandez rounded out the top four to qualify as well. Roberts qualified for area in the 1600M run after winning the event. Jovani Castenada finished fifth.

Roberts again qualified for an event, this time the 3200M run, but Jovani Castenada will be joining him after getting fourth. Galvan narrowly missed out, placing fifth. Ty Hoffman qualified for area in both the 110 and 300M hurdle events after getting third in both events. J’den Wilson did manage to to win the 300M hurdles, though.

The Tiger team of Seale, Edgar Castillo, Carlos Aubrey and Da’shawn Jackson will be moving on to area in the 4x100M relay after taking bronze in the event. Commerce fared even better in the 4×200 and 4x400M relays, as the Tigers got second in both events. That came thanks to the Tiger teams of Seale, Crowder, Castillo, and Jackson in the 4×200 and Castillo, Hernandez, Crowder and Morales in the 4x400M relays.

The Commerce Tigers men’s track and field team posing for a team picture after both varsity and JV won the 12-3A District Meet held Apr. 7-9 in Rains, TX

Coach Cameron Warren, men’s track and field coach at Commerce, said it was a great two days.

“[The Tigers] won the Varsity and the JV District championships, so that gives [Commerce] the clean sweep on every level.”

The seventh and eighth grade men’s track and field teams from Commerce were also able to win their district meets. Coach Warren said he was extremely proud of all his kids.

While the Commerce coach was extremely congratulate of his team, he was not quite ready to celebrate yet. The track coach said “It’s been a fun and exciting year and we still have a lot of work to do to prepare for our next meet.”

Next up, 19 Commerce Tigers will be competing in the area track meet held next Wednesday, Apr. 14 in Rains.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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