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April 7, 2014

Orange County schools dominate 21-3A field events

WEST ORANGE — Don’t mess with Orange County.

At least that was the theme in the field events portion and the 3,200 meters during the first day of the District 21-3A Track & Field Championships held at West Orange-Stark High School Monday.

Out of the 14 events Monday, Orange County schools took 11 of the 14 possible first-place finishes.

The Bridge City girls had the biggest day by far as three new school-records were set.

First, Katie Laird set a new mark in the shot put, winning with a toss of 37 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Then it was Kati Thornton’s turn as the pole vaulter went a personal best of 11 feet to win the event and set a new school mark in the process.

Lady Cardinal junior Alexus Henry, who has had an amazing year thus far, just added to it. Henry cleared a whopping 5-8 in the high jump to set a new school record and leads the entire Southeast Texas area in the event. After resting, she zipped over to the triple jump where she leaped 36-6 3/4 to easily win that event as well.

“I couldn’t be more happier for our kids,” said Lady Cardinal coach Karen Bozman. “I thought we had chance to put some marks out there today, and did we ever.”

The top four places in each event will move on to the CLass 3A Area Round Track & Field Championships, which will be held at Splendora High School next Wednesday.

West Orange-Stark Lady Mustang Lashya Cole leaped 17-9 1/2 to win the long jump. That’s the highest leap recorded by any SE Texas girl this season. She also placed second behind Henry in the triple jump with a leap of 34-3 1/2.

On the boys’ side of the ledger, Mustang freshman Jeremiah Shaw took first in the long jump with an effort of 22-0 1/4.

Bridge City’s Malcolm Busby won the triple jump with a leap of 43-6 3/4.

WO-S’ Deionte Thompson took the high jump with a 6-4 effort and was second in the long jump with a 21-7 3/4 mark.

Orangefield’s Mason Sonnier threw the discus 132-1 1/2 to take first as he edged out Silsbee’s Kanon Mackey (131-9 1/2).

Bridge City’s Ian Carruth won the pole vault with a 12-0 effort while Cardinal teammate Brent Lebleu captured the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 54.25 seconds.

The District 21-3A running finals will take place this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dan Hooks Stadium.

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