Getting to the state track meet is a goal for any athlete able to work his or her way through the bi-district, area and region meets during the month of April.
There are more than a handful of Texoma athletes who would have been very disappointed if they not only didn’t make their way back to Mike A. Myers Stadium this week but also didn’t add a medal, or increase the color, around their neck.
In Class 5A, Sherman senior Sadi Giles once again qualified in a pair of events — the 100 and 200 meter dashes. She was the Region I runner-up in both races to Trimble Tech’s Keondra Davis. Last year she just missed a medal with a fourth-place finish in the 200 at 24.72 seconds and was eighth in the 100 at 12.19 seconds.
She is seeded third in the 100 and tied for sixth in the 200.
In Class 4A, Melissa senior Cole McCraw is seeking a second straight medal after winning bronze in the high jump but the competition is stiff. Both the defending champ and silver medalist are back in a field where seven of the nine, including McCraw, qualified at least six feet, six inches.
Celina sophomore Hannah Thompson returns to state in the 800 meter run and she also will compete in the 1,600 as well. She was fifth in her first appearance (2:18.14) and is seeded sixth this spring in 2:19.79. She is seeded seventh in the 1,600.
In Class 3A, the Pottsboro and Van Alstyne boys mile relays might have some fresh faces but they are ready to square off once again for a spot on the podium. Pottsboro is the defending champ but the quartet (juniors Jared Miller, Luke Miller, Alex Esparza and sophomore Ezra Fitts) is entirely new. The Cardinals are seeded ninth. Van Alstyne was seventh a year ago and brings back sophomores Cam Montgomery and Samuel Tormos to team with classmate Jake Carroll and junior George Hall. The Panthers are seeded eighth.
Pilot Point junior Adam Mendoza is the defending champion in the 800 meter run after claiming the title in 1:55.13. His main competition for another gold medal looks to be Hebbronville’s Eric Rodriguez, who has the only faster qualifying time (1:55.59) than Mendoza’s 1:56.42.
Whitesboro has a pair of entries carrying over from last year as well — senior Dustin White in the 800 and junior Michael Urbina in the 3,200. White is seeded fourth (1:57.03) and was seventh as a junior in his race while Urbina was sixth last year and is seeded seventh.
The Leonard girls contingent includes returning efforts by both Kelcie and Natalie Simmons, Jessi Bennett and the Tigerettes’ 400 and 1,600 relays.
In Class 2A, Wolfe City senior Bowie Tanner will try to improve on his sixth-place finish in the discus at 138 feet, nine inches. He is seeded eighth this time after throwing 149 feet, seven inches.
Honey Grove junior Amelia Butler was eighth in the 800 meter run last spring with a time of 2:29.46. She won the Region II title with a time of 2:26 and is seeded fifth.
In Class 1A, Tioga sophomore Carly Hough is back at state but it comes in a different event. A year ago she competed in the 200 meter dashing, finishing eighth in 26.57 seconds. This year she will run in the 100 meter dash after qualifying in 13.47 seconds and is seeded ninth.