The Orange Leader
The West Orange-Stark track squad left folks in their dust Monday as they wrapped up the Class 3A Region III Track & Field Championships team title in a dominating performance during the running finals, sending several athletes to the UIL State Track & Field Championships.
Weather hampered the 3A Region III running finals in Humble Saturday but the weather was much improved Monday as they got everything in.
The Mustang 400-meter relay unit consisting of Maurice Morris, Chris James, Thomarcus Fontenot and Colin Janice sprinted to a first-place time of 41.67, just nipping Mexia, which ran a 41.68. It was WO-S’ best time of the season.
The 800-meter relay quartet of Morris, James, Janice and Jarodd Ross won with their best time of the year, running a 1:26.49. Navasota was a close second at 1:27:00.
The Mustangs even got better surprises in the 400 meters and the 300-meter hurdles when Ra’Shon McDonald earned a state bid when he placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 49.70 and Will McDonald took second in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.23.
The Mustangs finished with 83 team points. Coldspring was a distant second with 60.
Bridge City Lady Cardinals Alexus Henry and Kati Thornton will both head to Austin after placing second in their respective events.
Thornton placed second in the pole vault, going 10 feet, 9 inches. Henry netted silver in high jump, leaping 5-6. She barely missed going in the triple jump as she leaped 37-3 to capture third-place.
At the 4A Region III Championships at Sam Houston State University, Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bear Zoe Casteel went 12 feet in the pole vault to qualify for the State Meet for the second straight year.
At the 3A meet Orangefield’s Jennifer McManus and West Orange-Stark’s La’Shya Cole both brought home bronze medals with McManus going 10-3 in the pole vault while Cole leaped 17-2 1/2 in the long jump.
The WO-S Lady Mustang 800-meter relay team consisting of Cole, Shalin Hardin, Aaliyah Teel and Shavontae Thomas earned third-place with a time of 1:41.74. The Lady Mustangs came real close. Waco La Vega was first with a 1:40.80 while Mexia was second with a 1:41.38. Teel captured a bronze again later in the day, taking third in the 200 meters in 25.27. The Lady Mustang 1,600-relay team of Mercedes Fezia, Shavontae Thomas, Chrislyn Janice, and Taylor Colbert got seventh with a 4:10.95.
Bridge City’s Katelyn Potter wrapped up an excellent season. She finished 13th in the 3,200 meters (12:43.27) and 10th in the 1,600 meters (5:47.66).
On the boys’ side, WO-S’ Ross notched third (22.18) and James took fourth (22.30) in the 200 meters. The Mustang 1,600-meter relay team of McDonald, Janice, Deionte Thompson, and Jerrious Tims finished third with a 3:20.56, barely missing first-place. Taylor was first with a 3:20.28 while Navasota was second with a 3:20.51.
WO-S’ Thompson was fourth in the high jump, going 6-3. Bridge City’s Brent LeBleu was 13th in the 3,200 meters in 11:02.93. Mustang J’Marcus Rhodes placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles in 42.38.
For the Bear boys in Huntsville, Tyler Howlett earned third-place in the shot put with a big toss of 54 feet.
For the Lady Bears, Blythe Ferguson had a nice meet, throwing a personal best 123-11 to place third in the discus and 38-9 to place fifth in the shot put.
The State Track & Field Championships will be held May 10-11 at the University of Texas.