Region 1 4A & 5A Recap - Day 1
Jumping J. Seals
Early morning action saw Jalen Seal put the country on notice. Very light wind, sun was shining...a perfect day for jumping. Seals, the senior from Boswell took advantage of the Jumper's Paradise. He started the triple jump competition with a modest jump of 48 feet and change. On his second attempt, he put himself on top of the award stand with a hop, step and jump of 50-2. His third jump, was a thing of beauty. 1st phase, not too low, not too high...just right. No stopping motion through his jump, kept everything moving through each of his phases. End result...a new personal best 51-4. He came in wanting to pop a 51 footer. "My goal coming into the meet was 51 feet. I knew I was jumping a 51 foot jump today" Seals said.
The Alexis Brown Show
Coming fresh off a sweet 16 birthday, it was a very busy day for the sophomore sensation from Kennedale. Brown got her day started in the long jump. An event she just started doing 1 week before district. Brown used her sprinter speed down the runway leap her way to a state birth. Her winning jump 18-3 was acheived on her 5th jump of the competition. Next in the lineup was the 4x100 relay. Brown wowed the crowd, burning down the backstraight on the second leg of the 4x100. There was a loud OOOHHHH throughout the staduim as she blazed her leg. She and her teammates go into the finals with the fastest time and a season best 47.87. Her next event was the prelims of the 100. From the start of the gun it was all Brown as she runs away from the pack finishing in a time of 11.50. A little windy but yet impressive. Her final event of the day started with a delay. The camera on the opposite side of the track was not ready so there was a 30 minute delay. After finally getting the camera fixed, Brown entered the track for her final race of the day, the 200. She finished a very windy 24.11 and the fastest time of the day. The Alexis Brown Show will continue tomorrow as she prepare to try to make it to state in 4 events.
Windy But Fast
The sprinting events produced some very fast times today. In the 100 it was both Witchita Falls Hirshi Roman Turner and Fort Worth Trimble Tech Keishawn Everly dropping down fast times. Turner got the crowd going first when he dropped a 10.29. Everly was next in line and he dropped one better, a 10.25. Too bad these young men are in 2 different classifications. Would be nice to see them go head to head after posting some fast times in the prelims.
Other Notable Performances
Milo Rios, El Paso Eastlake 6-08.00
Tylan Wallace Ft W South Hills 48-10.00
Arielle Mack, El Paso Burges 19-01.25
Peyton Weissmann Grapevine 17-04.00
Too Close For Comfort
In the longest race of a track meet, the 3200 meters, there were 2 closely battled races. In the girls 4A battle, it came down to hundreds of a second to separate the first and second place finishers. Emily Garcia of Alvarado edged out Burkburnett's Madelaine Johnston for the gold with a time of 11:31.24. Johnston's time, 11:31.30. Familiar scenario in the boys 5A division. It came down to those same hundreds of a second to determine the winner. It was Graydon Morris of Aledo out leaning Butare Rugenerwa of Amarillo. Their times, 9:29.12 and 9:29.21 respectively.