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Steele stays strong in 800

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 10, 2012
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Braving the Cold - Alvord's Chelsey Steele cruises to a win in the 800 Thursday at the Alvord Invitational. The meet was held with the temperature around 40 degrees.

After making a run to the state meet last year in the 800, Alvord’s Chelsey Steele is off to a strong start to the 2012 season.

Steele opened the year with a 2:21 last week at Lindsay, three seconds better than her time at the state meet last May. She followed it up with an easy run to victory Thursday in the bitter cold and wind at the Alvord Invitational, turning in a 2:34.72.

“Coach told me if I was in first to pace it,” Steele said. “She didn’t want us to hurt ourselves.

“It’s way too cold.”

Steele, who finished seventh in Class 2A last year, said she feels good about her conditioning early in the season. This was only her second meet after the Lady Bulldogs’ run to the region finals in basketball.

“I feel good right now,” Steele said. “The 2:21 built my confidence a bunch.”

Noel rebounds in 800

Last week in Paradise, Boyd’s Dylan Noel was passed in the final 100 meters and finished second in the 800.

Thursday on the cold track in Alvord, the middle distance runner had little competition. Noel eased to an eight-second win, running 2:12.48.

“I tried to keep an even pace and not let the cold get to me,” Noel said.

“Everything is numb. I couldn’t feel anything.”

Alvord 4×100 wins

Madi Lynch carried the baton across the finish line to win the 4×100 Thursday for the team that also included Brianna Ponder, Marissa Schedcik and Carley King.

But the senior wasn’t sure at first she got the stick from her teammate.

“I couldn’t feel it hit my hands,” Lynch said.

The team turned in a 53.99 to beat Boyd by nearly three seconds.

Lynch said it was tough running with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees.

“I felt like my muscles were ripping,” she said. “But it’ll be a good story to tell.”

Rogers earns first,

second in races

Alvord’s Ariel Rogers spent as much time in the cold on the track as anyone Thursday but made the most of it.

Rogers took second in the 3200, running 12:43. She followed it up with a victory in the 1600, running 6:01.16.

“I felt like my nose was going to fall off,” Rogers said after completing her 3200. “It’s good for us. We still ran great times considering the weather.”

Along with the cold, Rogers said there was a bit of confusion about the number of laps in the 3200. She said it kept her from making a challenge late.

“I kicked too late,” she admitted. “I was confused about the laps. I was thinking too much about the cold.”

Ward watches meet

Defending Class 2A 100 and 300 hurdles champion Jordan Ward helped keep times during the meet Thursday but didn’t run.

She suffered a leg injury at the Lindsay meet last week. She has been doing some work and expects to be back soon. She is planning on making a return to the Texas Relays March 28-31 in Austin.

Without Ward on the track, Alvord freshman Lacey Watkins won both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She ran a 17.53 in the high hurdles and 49.3 in the 300 hurdles.

Girls
3200 – 1. Calhoun, Valley View; 2. Ariel Rogers, Alvord; 3. Clara Breashears, Alvord; 4. Skylar Truly, Boyd; 5. Beck Hofsis, Alvord; 6. Courtney Sanders, Boyd
4×100 – 1. Alvord, 53.99; 2. Boyd, 56.19; 3. Valley View, 56.87
800 – 1. Chelsey Steele, Alvord, 2:34.74; 2. Williams, Alvord, 2:40.82; 3. Abby Harrell, Boyd, 2:43.94; 4. Moore, Boyd, 2:50.23; 5. Arnold, Alvord, 2:52.63; 6. Fagan, Boyd, 2:53.12
100 – 1. Ashley Montgomery, Boyd, 14.21; 2. Gordon, Boyd, 14.54; 3. Phipps, Boyd, 14.99; 4. Zimmerer, Valley View, 15.07
100 hurdles – 1. Lacey Watkins, Alvord, 17.53; 2. Parker, Alvord, 18.48; 3. Phipps, Boyd, 19.9
4×200 – 1. Alvord, 1:55.44; 2. Valley View, 2:01.47; 3. Boyd, 2:03.97
400 – 1. Chelsey Steele, Alvord, 1:09.57; 2. Williams, Alvord, 1:09.97
300 hurdles – 1. Lacey Watkins, Alvord, 49.3; 2. Parker, Alvord, 54.6; 3. Riley, Boyd, 54.7; 4. Luttrell, Boyd, 1:02.82
200 – 1. Carley King, Alvord, 28.44; 2. Ponder, Alvord, 29.83; 3. Amber Montgomery, Boyd, 30.15; 4. Nichols, Boyd, 30.73; 5. Zimmerer, Valley View, 32.34; 6. Arnold, Alvord, 33.25
1600 – 1. Ariel Rogers, Alvord, 6:01.16; 2. Calhoun, Valley View, 6:06.15; 3. Courtney Sanders, Boyd, 6:08.92; 4. Becky Hofsiss, Alvord, 6:14.55; 5. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 6:18.29; 6. Skylar Truly, Boyd, 6:31.31
4×400 – 1. Alvord, 4:27.92; 2. Boyd, 4:42.53; 3. Valley View, 4:53.88

Boys
3200 – 1. Dominguez, Valley View, 10:51.04; 2. Rames, Valley View, 11:04.18; 2. A. Hammett, Boyd, 12:09.39; 4. C. Hammett, Boyd, 12:27.9
4×100 – 1. Alvord, 46.67; 2. Valley View, 46.92
800 – 1. Dylan Noel, Boyd, 2:12.48; 2. Graham, Boyd, 2:20.73; 3. Tyree, Boyd, 2:24.01; 4. Musgrave, Alvord, 2:27.65
100 – 1. Ponce, Valley View, 11.77; 2. Nelson, Boyd, 11.79; 3. Randall, Alvord, 11.82; 4. Prescher, Valley View, 11.92; 5. Barclay, Alvord, 12.03; 6. Aeling, Alvord, 12.29
110 hurdles – 1. Crozby, Boyd, 16.48; 2. Sparkman, Valley View, 16.99; 3. Eric Esquivel, Boyd, 17.22; 4. Jake Bryans, Boyd, 17.74
4×200 – 1. Boyd, 1:39.08; 2. Alvord, 1:43.28
400 – 1. Ponce, Valley View, 55.76; 2. Blankenau, Valley View, 59.06; 3. Nichols, Alvord, 59.73; 4. Garza, Alvord, 1:01.48; 5. Martin, Valley View, 1:02.14
300 hurdles – 1. Boaz, Valley View, 42.69; 2. Crozby, Boyd, 43.45; 3. Sparkman, Valley View, 43.79; 4. Dodson, Boyd, 45.1; 5. Stidham, Boyd, 45.78
200 – 1. Ponce, Valley View, 23.9; 2. McIntire, Boyd, 23.95; 3. Cardova, Boyd, 24.23; 4. Randall, Alvord, 24.29; 5. Carmona, Boyd, 24.33; 6. Prescher, Valley View, 24.41
1600 -1. Dominguez, Valley View, 5:09.48; 2. Barnes, Valley View, 5:14.26; 3. Graham, Boyd, 5:42.9; 4. A. Hammett, Boyd, 5:56.26; 5. C. Hammett, Boyd, 5:59.86; 6. McKinnon, Alvord, 6:11.59
4×400 – 1. Valley View, 3:44.4; 2. Boyd, 3:49; 3. Alvord, 4:07.6

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