Though neither brought home a team title, both the Marshall and Hightower High School track and field teams had no shortage of state qualifiers when they competed at the Region III meet on April 23-24.
Marshall’s boys team finished second with 63 points, while the girls team also finished second with 89 points.
Individually, the Buffalos swept the Class 5A 300-meter hurdles, with Desirae Roberts taking the girls crown in 44.84 seconds, while Chris Brinkley was the boys winner with a time of 37.59.
The top two finishers in each regional event advance to the UIL state meet scheduled for May 7-8 in Austin. Marshall and Hightower combined to qualify eight individuals and three relay teams.
Marshall’s prominence in the hurdles continued later in the regional meet, with Arveyon Davis punching his ticket to Austin with a second-place finish in the boys 110 hurdles in 14.30 seconds. Tairah Johnson was the Region III champion in the girls 100 hurdles after running a 13.73 in the final.
Cesley Williams also qualified for Austin after winning the girls 400 in 54.90 seconds.
Both of Marshall’s 800 relay teams are headed to the state meet after secondplace finishes. The boys team of JaCorey McAdams, Jaquez White, Gerard Holmes and Jonathan Howard ran a 1:26.47, while the girls team of Shanice Walker, Johnson, Theresa GreenWhite and Roberts finished in 1:40.67.
Cynai Christopher and Jaiden Itson anchored the Hightower girls team, which finished fourth over the weekend with 59 points, with each qualifying for the state meet in multiple events. Christopher was the Region III champion in the 200 with a time of 24.49 as well as in the long jump with a final leap of 19 feet, 2 inches. She also anchored the Lady Hurricanes’ 1,600 relay team, which was the regional champion after running a 3:46.81.
Itson won the 800 in a time of 2:13.30 and finished second in the 400 at 55.35. She also ran the lead leg of the 1,600 relay.
Hightower’s Dajon Debose qualified for state in the 5A boys 400 with a time of 48.45. He placed third in the regional meet but earned a wild-card berth to state by having one of the eight best times among third-place regional finishers.
Ridge Point freshman Karson Gordon secured a spot in the state meet with a second-place finish in the Class 6A boys triple jump with a final jump of 47 feet, 4.5 inches.
Clements’ Felipe Medrano snagged a wild-card berth to Austin with a time of 38.27 seconds in the 6A boys 300 hurdles.
Bush’s girls 800 relay team of Rachel Joseph, Raylen Russell, Makaila Williams and Christina Pleasant was the second-place finisher in the 6A regional meet with a time 1:38.51.
Elkins’ girls 1,600 relay team of Faith Holman, Courtney Wilmington, Taylor Jackson and Mfoniso Andrew qualified as a wild card with a time of 3:45.25 in the finals.
In the Region IV-4A meet, Stafford's 400 and 800 relay teams on both the girls and boys side have made it to Austin.
The boys 400 relay team of Jaiden Walker, Caleb Jones, Jordan Barrett, and William Timothy finished second (43.41), as did the 800 relay team of Jayden Owens, Chase Williams, Barrett and Jaiden Walker (1:29.30).
For the girls, the 400 relay team of Amber Butler, Skylar Carrier, Bianca Frohm, Mackenzie Catalon was the regional champion with a time of 49.44, as was the 800 relay team of Butler, Carrier, Catalon, and Trinity Collins