Track Roundup — Denison's Shaw, Whitewright's Cox-Dunlap win bronze medals
AUSTIN — Denison junior Faith Shaw saved her best effort on her final attempt to earn the bronze medal in the long jump during the Class 5A state track meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Shaw was third after clearing 18 feet, eight inches and went from sixth place to third, leapfrogging Kyle Lehman's Nikayla Fitzgerald by a half-inch to reach the podium.
State champ Bryanna Craig of Lubbock Coronado and runner-up Cynai Christopher set the early pace. Craig's second attempt was the winning jump at 19 feet and a half inch while Christopher's third try gave her silver at 19 feet and a quarter inch.
That left a battle for the bronze which went all the way to the end. Shaw was third after her first jump — 18 feet, three and a half inches — but was unable to better than in her next four attempts.
Fitzgerald passed her during the second round as did Frisco Heritage's Charli Foreman (18 feet, four and three quarters inches) and Mansfield Timberview's Jordan Higgs, who ended up fifth at 18 feet, six and three quarter inches.
But Shaw came through with an effort they couldn't top in the final round and once Fitzgerald's last jump came in at 18 feet, two inches, Shaw had clinched the bronze.
Whitewright senior Xavier Cox-Dunlap closed out his career with the bronze medal in the 200 meter dash in the Class 3A state track meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Cox-Dunlap was third with a time of 22.36 seconds, finishing ahead of Maypearl’s Aidan Matthews, who was fourth in 22.45 seconds, for the final spot on the podium.
Spearman’s Brenen Thompson won the state title in 21.27 seconds and Hemphill’s Dre’Lyn Washington took silver at 22.13 seconds.
Cox-Dunlap also finished seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.04 seconds. Whitney’s Demari Wilson captured first place in 10.38 seconds.
His younger sister, Whitewright freshman Kayanna Cox, competed in a pair of events. She was seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.30 seconds. Goliad’s Kyla Hill won the race in 42.95 seconds.
She also had a seventh-place finish in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.81 seconds. Huntington’s Makenzie Hale won with a time of 13.66 seconds.
Whitesboro freshman Olivia Hildebrand was fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 123 feet, five inches. Jefferson’s Tierrani Johnson won the title at 136 feet, six inches.
Whitesboro freshman Rory Hake was sixth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:57.40. Holliday’s Hannah Spears was the state champion with a time of 10:57.56.
Gunter freshman Abby Elmore competed in a pair of events, taking sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.23 seconds that was just 0.03 seconds from fourth place. She also was sixth in the high jump, clearing five feet, two inches. Denver City’s Lexi Ivy won at five feet, eight inches.
Gunter sophomore Ava Cantrell was sixth in the 400 with a time of 59.53 seconds. Cameron Yoe’s Yierra Flemings captured the state title with a time of 54.98 seconds.
The Gunter 1,600 relay of Jacee Childers, Sarah Denton, Elle Whitteker and Cantrell finished seventh with a time of 4:04.46. Goliad captured the gold medal with a time of 3:57.13.
The Howe 1,600 relay of Kendall Griffin, Hannah Dwyer, Teagan Stubblefield and Marissa Agee finished ninth with a time of 4:13.53.
Agee also finished seventh in the 800 with a time of 2:25.40. She was a second from getting fifth place. Brock’s Torrye Tyler took gold in 2:18.
The Van Alstyne 1,600 relay of Collin Reynolds, Sam Wyatt, Blake Hyatt and Gavin Montgomery finished sixth in the Class 4A state track meet with a time of 3:23.38.
Waco La Vega won the title with a time of 3:16.79.
Hyatt also had an eighth-place finish in the 800 with a time of 1:58.94 and was a second from getting into the top five. San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez won in 1:56.80.
Tom Bean junior Marvin Ervin finished seventh in the 100 meter dash at the Class 2A state track meet with a time of 11 seconds.
Ervin was just fractions of seconds from being in the top five. Panhandle's Zach Wood (10.95) and Marlin's TraJon Butler (10.94) finish just in front of him. Refugio's Ernest Campbell won the state title t 10.63 seconds.