AUSTIN — Lauren Purdom came up just short of a second consecutive medal in the Class 3A high jump with a fourth-place finish at five feet, four inches on Friday morning.
The Whitesboro senior was one of three competitors to make it through the first two heights — five feet and five-two — and there were six jumpers left going to five feet, four inches.
Purdom survived at that height by making it on her third and final try to advance with Early’s Trinity Tomlinson, George West’s Nikaya Neal and DeKalb’s Alexia Wherry.
When they got to five feet, five inches, Tomlinson and Neal made it on their first try while Wherry made it on her third. When Purdom, who won the Region II title, missed for the third time, the podium was set. Neal won the state title at five feet, seven inches by edging Tomlinson on misses and Wherry took bronze at five feet, five inches.
Purdom was the bronze medalist as a junior at five feet, five inches. She also placed fifth in the event as a freshman.
Celina’s Alyssa Griffith placed fourth in the Class 4A pole vault by clearing 11 feet on Saturday morning. Griffith was six inches behind La Vernia’s Ashton Moon for a spot on the podium. Taylor’s Anna Cathryn Griffin won the event with a 4A record attempt at 13 feet, two and a half inches.
Off and running
Melissa’s Maddie Kane was fifth in the Class 4A 300 hurdles with a time of 45.03 seconds after earning a bronze medal last year. Godley’s Jaycee Pannell won the race in 44.33 seconds.
Celina’s Hannah Thompson placed fifth in the Class 4A 800 with a time of 2:18.14 while Anna’s Raye Moran was seventh with a time of 2:19.89. Bandera’s Sandy Clarkin won the race with a time of 2:14.44.
Celina’s Mark Wepler placed fifth in the Class 4A 800 with a time of 1:58.35. Big Spring’s Ian Gonzales won the race with a time of 1:55.89.
Van Alstyne’s Sydney Ingram tied for seventh in a photo finish with Merkel’s Kaydin Pursley in the Class 3A 100 hurdles with a time of 15.38 seconds. Uplift Hampton’s Camri Austin won the event with a time of 14.18 seconds.
Melissa’s Ja’Bray Young was seventh in the Class 4A 100 with a time of 10.80 seconds. Silsbee’s Kalon Barnes won the race with a 4A record time of 10.22 seconds. Young also paced ninth in the Class 4A 200 with a time of 22.60 seconds. Barnes won the race in 21.48 seconds.
Melissa’s Karrington Lewis was eighth in the Class 4A 100 with a time of 12.14 seconds. Dallas Carter’s Sha’Carri Richardson won the race with a 4A record time of 11.28.
Whitesboro’s Dustin White was seventh in the Class 3A 800 with a time of 1:59.01. Pilot Point’s Adam Mendoza won the event in 1:55.13.
Celina’s Maci Martin placed seventh in the Class 4A 100 hurdles with a time of 15.42 seconds. Godley’s Jaycee Pannell won the race in 14.51 seconds.
Tioga’s Travis Price placed seventh in the Class 1A 400 with a time of 51.34 seconds on Friday night. Rule’s Chase Thompson won the event with a time of 49.33 seconds.
Tioga’s Will Koberick placed seventh in the Class 1A 200 with a time of 23.38 seconds. Happy’s Zachary Adee won the race in a 1A record time of 22.23 seconds.
Honey Grove’s Amelia Butler placed eighth in the Class 2A 800 with a time of 2:29.46. Mason’s Maria Ramirez won the event with a time of 2:16.38.
Tioga’s Carly Hough was eighth in the Class 1A 200 with a time of 26.57 seconds. Burkeville’s Keyunce Price won the race with a 1A record time of 25.78 seconds.
Van Alstyne’s Emme Fernandez placed ninth in the Class 3A 300 hurdles with a time of 49.92 seconds. Wall’s Faith Roberson won with a 3A record time of 41.45 seconds.
Honey Grove’s Rozshanae Williams placed ninth in the Class 2A 100 meter dash with a time of 12.88 seconds. Mart’s Ca’Purnika Galbert won the race with a time of 12.02 seconds.
The Van Alstyne boys 1,600 relay team of Cameron Montgomery, Samuel Tormos, Scott Taylor and Levi Jones placed sixth in Class 3A with a time of 3:26.44. Pottsboro won the race at 3:16.92.
Going the distance
Whitesboro’s Michael Urbina placed fifth in the Class 3A 3,200 with a time of 9:50.10 on Friday morning. He bettered his Region II title time of 9:56.75. Luling’s Buster Roberts, who came in with the top qualifying time, won the gold with a time of 9:27.93 – off the pace of the 3A record (9:19.73) by Whitesboro’s Nic Butts set last spring.
Savoy’s Sam Dugger placed eighth in the Class 1A triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, nine inches on Friday morning. He was a half inch from sixth place. Lefors’ Dalton Fortner won the event at 43 feet, 11 and three quarters inches.
Toss it up
Bells’ Hannah Ponder, who earned the wild card berth, placed fifth in the Class 2A discus with a throw of 108 feet, six inches. Refugio’s Bralyn Fox-Smith won the event with a throw of 126 feet, 10 inches.
Celina’s Elena Reagan placed sixth in the Class 4A discus with a throw of 124 feet on Friday morning. Giddings’ Ebony Wolridge won the event with a throw of 138 feet, seven inches.
Wolfe City’s Bowie Tanner placed sixth in the Class 2A discus throw at 138 feet, nine inches. Abernathy’s Xavier Rivera won the event with a throw of 163 feet, nine inches.