Nearing the final hurdle of the 110 Class 3A Region II finals Saturday, Decatur’s Jacob Kevetter appeared to have a state berth in hand.
“I got too antsy and my foot crossed over my body,” Kevetter said.
The Decatur junior fell, missing a chance at a state spot. He gathered himself to finish the last several meters and the race in 17.5.
But the hurdler didn’t stay down long. A few minutes later, Kevetter turned in a 39.65 in the 300 hurdles to finish second and claim his spot at the University Interscholastic League state track meet.
“I knew I wasn’t going to fall in the 300s,” he said. “I was focused. I had confidence and have been running well.”
Gilmer’s Nick Smith edged Kevetter for the gold medal, running 39.25.
RIVERA’S UNBEATEN STREAK SNAPPED
After going undefeated in the 800 through the area meet, Decatur’s Brandon Rivera couldn’t hold off Kaufman’s Dylan Evans Saturday for the Class 3A Region II title.
Evans stepped in front of Rivera at the finish line to take the gold medal in 1:58.2. Rivera finished in 1:58.46.
“He got me at the end,” Rivera said. “I’m still going for gold at state.”
Rivera was second through the first lap with Gilmer’s Juwan Hughes setting the pace. Rivera took the lead with 300 meters to go. He couldn’t shake Evans, who actually stepped on Rivera’s heel in the final 100.
“He clipped my heel and I couldn’t get back in the groove,” Rivera said. “There’s nothing you can do about being clipped. I’d rather this happen this week than next week.”
PARKER NARROWLY MISSES MEDAL
In a tight finish between second and fourth, Decatur sophomore Gunnar Parker came up just short of a medal in the 100 Saturday.
Parker finished in 11.08. Silver medalist Trey Gardner of Dallas Madison ran 11-flat. Kaufman’s Desmond Williams ran 11.01 for third.
“I felt good out of the blocks,” Parker said. “I thought I had second. It was so close.”
DENNARD TAKES THIRD IN 800
Decatur senior Haley Dennard came up short in her quest to return to the state track meet.
Dennard ran a 2:24.99 to finish third and take the bronze medal at the 3A Region II meet. Nevada Community’s Keely Morrow won the race in 2:20.97, and Ranchview’s Paulena Lynch took second in 2:21.82.
“I got boxed in and by the time I got out of it, they were too far away,” Dennard said.
Decatur’s Jessica Kyle finished fourth in 2:26.33.
STRIPLING EARNS MEDAL IN HIGH JUMP
Decatur junior Macen Stripling cleared a personal-best 5-4 to get on the medal stand at the Class 3A Region II meet in the high jump.
Stripling earned the bronze medal with her third-place finish. She finished one inch short of earning a wild-card trip to the state meet.
“This means a lot,” Stripling said. “I was happy I got here.”
Stripling was almost eliminated early, missing twice at 4-10.
“My approach was messed up, and I scratched twice at 4-10,” she said. “Coach [David] Park told me to calm down. He made a few jokes to help me.
“I started to go too fast. Once I fixed that and accelerated near the bar, it helped me a lot.”
CLASS 3A REGION II TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE
DECATUR BOYS RESULTS
100: 4. Gunnar Parker, 11.08
200: 8. Gunnar Parker, 22.8
400: 4. Brandon Rivera, 50.84
800: 2. Brandon Rivera, 1:58.46
1600: 2. Taylor Clayton, 4:24.21
3200: 2. Taylor Clayton, 9:20.55
110 hurdles: 8. Jacob Kevetter, 17.5
300 hurdles: 2. Jacob Kevetter, 39.65
4×100: 14. Decatur: Justin Myers, Gunnar Parker, Ryan Durdon, Grayson Muehlstein, 44.4
4×400: 7. Decatur: Jacob Kevetter, Brandon Rivera, Justin Myers, Grayson Muehlstein, 3:32.26
High jump: 10. Paul Walker, 6-0
Long jump: 6. Jacob Kevetter, 21-9.5
BRIDGEPORT BOYS RESULTS
Triple jump: 15. Tyler Raby, 41-3.25
DECATUR GIRLS RESULTS
100: 15. Yanira Rivas, 13.13
800: 3. Haley Dennard, 2:24.99; 4. Jessica Kyle, 2:26.33
1600: 7. Jessica Kyle, 5:42.82
3200: 14. Georgina Palomo, 13:06.48
100 hurdles: 7. Nicole Neighbors, 15.98; 8. Macen Stripling, 16.05
300 hurdles: 5. Nicole Neighbors, 47.56
4×400: 9. Decatur: Bailey Berry, Haley Dennard, Keauna Smith, Nicole Neighbors, 4:12.12
High jump: 3. Macen Stripling, 5-4
Pole vault: 13. Jessica Kyle, 8-0