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Track & Field sending five individuals, relay team to Regional meet Friday

Sulphur Springs had a big outing at the end of last week in Paris at their Area competition on Thursday, Apr. 20. Five individuals plus a relay team move on to the Regional meet held at Texas A&M Commerce on Friday, Apr. 28.

“It was a solid day,” Coach Ross Hicks said on his team’s outing at the Area competition.

Sulphur Springs tried their best to beat the rain and weather at the end of last week, but a lightning delay pushed back the start time in Paris.

The rain made little difference as

Edith Martinez moves on to Regionals in the 3200 M run, after finishing third at Area.

Coach Hicks said Martinez ran with the two fastest girls in the event, both from Canton, and the three runners left the rest of the field in the dust. The Lady Cat crossed the line at 12:42, just 10 seconds off from Martinez’s personal best.

The 1600 M event saw the Lady Cat compete, but her season ends at Area as Martinez finished sixth in Paris. In the mile running event, Martinez came shy of putting up a PR in the 1600. Coach Hicks said for Martinez to qualify for Regionals, in just the first year the Lady Cat has competed in track & field, is a huge accomplishment.

Pole vault proved to be yet again a wildly successful event for Sulphur Springs.

Amerson Boles fought hard against the top eight pole vaulters in the area, coming up short of a Regional qualifying bid.

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Jaicee Jasmer moves on in pole vault, as the Lady Cat emerged victorious in the event in Paris. Her winning mark of 12′ is even more impressive considering the two aforementioned athletes did so in to the head wind that caused vaulters some issues at the Area meet. Jasmer also competed in the 200 M dash, placing sixth.

The lone relay team to move on to Regionals from both track & field teams is the 4×200 squad of Jasmer, Rowan Faircloth, Trinity Jefferson, and Codee Roland. The relay team came up big in the event, getting third and improving upon their efforts from the District 15-4A meet.

Coach Hicks said one of his assistants in Emily Faircloth has done a great job of working with the team all year, who has steadily improved with each outing throughout the spring season.

All five Lady Cats moving on to the 4A Region II meet are sophomores.

“That’s really encouraging for our girl’s track program moving forward,” Coach Hicks said. “They’ve all fully bought in, they love the sport, they love to compete. It makes it really easy for me as their coach to enjoy it and coach them and have a good time with it.”

On the boys side, Ty Bybee moves on to Regionals in two events, just like Jasmer, as the Wildcat won an event. In the 110 M hurdles, the sophomore’s winning mark of 15.40 gave Bybee a gold medal at the Area competition.

Jackie Knutson moves on in the event as well, coming in just behind Bybee in second at 15.51. If that was not enough, the latter Wildcat moves on in pole vault after finishing fourth with an impressive effort of 12′ 6″. Bybee and Chaney both competed in the 300 M hurdles as well, but neither move on to Regionals.

Lastly Luke Caton won the discus event for Sulphur Springs, getting a big winning mark of 139′ 8″.

The road only gets more difficult for the five athletes moving on to Regionals, held Friday, Apr. 28 at nearby Texas A&M Commerce.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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