Stafford track team wins first state championship
Nothing could stop the Stafford High boys track and field team, although Mother Nature and the opponents from Atlanta and Dallas Hutchins, respectively, tried their best.
The Spartans finished with 50 points to win the UIL Class 4A state championship on Saturday in Austin, outlasting a five-hour lightning delay at University of Texas’ Mike Myers Stadium.
Stafford finished first out of 58 schools to win its first state championship in track and field, and its first state championship in any sport since the boys basketball team won the 1991-92 state title.
Junior Cam Montgomery captured three medals, winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70. Montgomery ran on the 4×200-meter relay team that finished second to clinch the state championship. His relay teammates were fellow juniors Christopher Brantley, James Brown and David Allison with a time of 1:27.75.
Montgomery – along with Brantley and Brown, and senior Eli Washington – finished fourth in the 4×100-meter relay. The 4×100 missed out on a medal by 0.1 seconds.
Senior Caleb Parker won the gold medal in the 110 hurdles (14.52) and placed third in the high jump (6-foot-7). He was ninth in the 300 hurdles (43.31).
Stafford defeated second-place Atlanta, 50-36. Dallas Hutchins (32), Dallas Carter (30) and Cuero (24) rounded out the top five.
Prior to Saturday’s meet, Stafford had three second-place finishes in the past decade, including last season.
On the girls side, Stafford senior Lynette Amaram repeated as the 4A 800-meter champion (2:15.19) and placed fifth (5:14.76) in the 1600-meters.
Solely due to Amaram’s efforts, the Stafford girls finished 16th out of 58 schools. The senior, who ranks second academically in the Class of 2016, is considering running track in college next season, and her long term goal is to become a medical doctor.