Bangs secures 23 regional track spots, seven for Early
The Bangs Dragons and Lady Dragons earned a combined 23 berths in the Region I-3A track and field meet as both teams finished as runners-up at the 7-3A/8-3A area meet in Clyde this past Thursday.
Meanwhile, Early will be represented in seven events at regionals as the Longhorns and Lady Horns both finished seventh in the final team standings.
The District 7-3A champion Dragons garnered 114 points, which trailed only the 134 of Cisco, while Early generated 28 points. The Lady Dragons — who also won a district title — finished with 91 points as Breckenridge collected 152. The Lady Horns chalked up 34 points.
The top four finishers in each area event will compete in the regional meet, hosted by Abilene Christian University May 1-2.
The Dragons earned 14 regional berths and captured four area titles.
Timothy Hall finished first in both the 1600 meters (4:49.75) and 3200 meters (10:52.7), while Dylan Bostick won the 800 meters (2:05.0) and Keegan Hall captured the shot put (48-11.5).
Placing second for the Dragons were Nick Sterling in the long jump (21-2) and Brian Sterling in the discus (141-11).
Nick Sterling also added third-place efforts in the 110-meter hurdles (15.56) and high jump (5-10), while the 4x200 relay (1:32.57) and 4x400 relay (3:28.74) also secured bronze medals.
Coming in fourth were the 4x100 relay (44.68), Trett Mitchell in the 300-meter hurdles (42.1), Bryan Makuta in the high jump (5-10) and Nick Sterling in the triple jump (40-8.75).
The Lady Dragons, who locked up nine regional spots, also claimed four area titles — Alex Madlock in the 100 meters (12.53), long jump (17-5) and triple jump (37-9.75), as well as the 4x200 relay (1:45.13).
The 4x400 relay (4:10.37) finished second while Karen Parks came in third in the shot put (32-8.5). Fourth-place efforts belonged to Callie Sprowls in the 200 meters (27.16), Michaela Light in the 800 meters (2:34.79) and the 4x100 relay (51.25).
Of the Lady Horns’ four regional berths, two belong to Sharday Melvin, who won area titles in the 100-meter hurdles (15.57) and 300-meter hurdles (46.98).
Tuesdi Tidwell also qualified, placing second in the pole vault (11-6) and fourth in the long jump (15-3.25).
The Longhorns’ three regional entries include area champion Abel Hernandez in the 400 meters (51.28), along with Hayden Turner, who came in third in the 200 meters (23.53), and Grant Fanara, who finished fourth in the 100 meters (11.94).