Lady Panthers secure area crown

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The Paradise Lady Panthers last week captured their first district title on the track since 2001.

Wednesday, they added another trophy to the case.

After earning medals in all three relays, including a gold in the 4×200, the Lady Panthers captured the Class 2A 9/10 area title at Boyd’s Yellowjacket Stadium.

“I’m very proud of them,” said Paradise girls coach Johna Ford. “They’ve worked hard. It was a team effort. Even the girls who didn’t qualify gave their all and scored the points to help us.”

Mikaela Beck, who ran on a pair of qualifying relays and won the long jump said, “We’re starting a legacy.”

The 4×200 squad of Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards and Aliya Read scored 20 points toward winning the title with its victory. The quartet ran 1:49.72, holding off Whitney, which finished in 1:49.96.

“We knew it would be a close race,” Sides said.

Read added: “We’re still undefeated.”

The Lady Panthers finished second in the 4×400 to Alvord. In the 4×100, Godley edged Paradise. Beck nearly caught Godley’s anchor leg, crossing the finish line in 51.27. Godley won the race in 51.22.

“If I’d had five more feet, I’d have caught her for sure,” Beck said. “Beating them is doable. It’s not like they smoked us.”

Beck was joined by Kyndall McCasland, Sides and Richards on the 4×100.

Beck finished second in the 100 to Grandview’s Lyric Jackson, running a 12.4. She also won the long jump with an effort of 17-1.25.

“Coming out of prelims, I was in last place,” Beck said about her long jump win. “On my first jump of finals, my mark was finally on.”

Winning Pass

WINNING PASS – Alvord’s Savannah Williams passes Paradise’s Mikaela Beck near the finish line of the 4×400 at the 2A 9/10 area meet in Boyd. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


Another impressive chapter was written Wednesday at the area meet in what has turned into the county’s hottest rivalry on the track this season – the girls 4×400.

In a race that was neck-and-neck into the final meters, Savannah Williams, the area 800 champion, passed Paradise’s Mikaela Beck to give the Lady Bulldogs a victory. Alvord also beat Paradise at district.

At area, Alvord’s team of Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik and Williams turned in 4:13.12. Paradise’s quartet of Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors and Beck finished in 4:13.5 for second.

Beck led Williams after the final turn as the two raced toward the finish line into a strong wind.

“When she kicked, I was worried,” Williams said. “It was brutal with the wind. I just tried to push.”

Williams’ winning quarter followed her 2:24.68 in the 800 that included a strong kick to put her at the front of the pack and back to regionals.

“I tried to be comfortable,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to lead the pack. [My kick] is what I turn to and rely on.”

Williams’ teammate Hart finished second in the 300 hurdles, running 47.77.

“I ran my best time. I’m trying to get better each week,” Hart said. “[Running in the wind] was like hitting a brick wall. I thought I was going to blow away.”


Boyd’s Qualynn Wells flew out of blocks and around the curve to win the 200 area title Wednesday on his home track.

Wells ran 22.3 to claim his team’s lone gold medal of the meet. Even with the win, he expects to be faster at regionals.

“It could’ve went better. I bet I can get down to 21,” he said.

Boyd hurdler and pole vaulter Dalton Stidham won three silver medals. He ran 15-0 in the 110 hurdles and 40.49 in the 300s. The 300 hurdles ended into the brisk wind.

“The wind was terrible,” Stidham said. “Other than that, I felt good over the hurdles.

“I’m getting to regionals and running another day. It’s my last year, and I want to see how far I can go.”

Stidham finished second in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet.

Boyd freshman Lindsey Thorpe earned a silver medal in the girls shot put with a throw of 34-2.75. It was her best throw of the season.

“Coach [Phillip] Thornton has been working with me a lot since I’ve advanced from district,” Thorpe said. “We’ve been working on kicking the door open and doing all the little things right.”

Close Finish

CLOSE FINISH – Boyd’s Marco Martinez finishes just in front of a diving David Pearson of Paradise in the 1600 Wednesday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


With wind gusts above 30 mph, Alvord’s Clara Breashears and Boyd’s Marco Martinez fought their way to regional berths with third-place finishes in the 3200 races.

Breashears turned in a 13:02.48 for the bronze medal and third straight trip to the 2A Region II area meet.

“I actually like the wind,” Breashears said. “It makes me think of other things.”

In the boys race, Martinez raced out to an early lead but couldn’t hold off Whitney’s Trevor Montgomery and Keene’s Luis Tique. Martinez held on to take third in 10:34.21.

“I tried to put pressure on them early,” Martinez said. “I wasn’t surprised they caught up. I knew they were good.”



100: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 12.0; 2. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 12.4; 8. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 13.6

200: 1. Lyric Jackson, Grandview, 26-0; 4. Aliya Read, Paradise, 26.9; 6. Olivia Singleton, Boyd, 27.6

400: 1. Sarah Rattan, Peaster, 59.85; 5. Caitlyn Lynch, Alvord, 1:05.16

800: 1. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:24.68; 6. Makala Neighbors, Paradise, 2:36.98

1600: 1. Pamela Marquez, Keene, 5:31.23; 5. Brooklyn Mitchum, Alvord, 5:47.76; 6. April Coursey, Paradise, 6:02.21; 7. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 6:07.2; 8. Angela Powers, Paradise, 6:13.66

3200: 1. Mayte Arredondo, Whitney, 12:00.49; 3. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:02.48; 5. Brianna Smith, Paradise, 13:29.08; 6. Emily Corbin, Paradise, 13:55.58; 8. Jessica Colbert, Boyd, 14:28.32

100 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 15.2; 4. Amber French, Paradise, 16.7; 5. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 17.6; 6. Stormi Lamb, Paradise, 17.9; 7. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 18.4

300 hurdles: 1. Jordan Nash, Grandview, 46.46; 2. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 47.77; 4. Bailee Luttrell, Boyd, 49.72

4×100: 1. Godley 51.22; 2. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.27; 5. Alvord: Katie Claborn, Brianna Ponder, Emily Edge, Marissa Schedcik, 53.53; 7. Boyd: Amber Montgomery, Taylor Ragsdale, Olivia Singleton, Bailee Luttrell, 53.89

4×200: 1. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliya Read, 1;49.72; 4. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Marissa Schedcik, Jessica Gillespie, Savannah Williams, 1:50.99; 7. Boyd: Bailee Harris, Amber Montgomery, Kyndal Crisman, Olivia Singleton, 1:56.01

4×400: 1. Alvord: Lauren Hart, Jessica Gillespie, Marissa Schedcik, Savannah Williams, 4:13.12; 2. Paradise: Bailey Sides, Aliya Read, Makala Neighbors, Mikaela Beck, 4:13.5

High jump: 1. Ashlyn Ellis, Grandview, 5-4; 3. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 5-0; 6. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 4-10

Pole vault: 1. Reagan Mabery, Tolar, 11-0; 5. Jade Moore, Boyd, 8-6; 6. Carlen Smith, Boyd, 8-0; 6. Haley Rector, Paradise, 8-0

Long jump: 1. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 17-1.25; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 16-2.75; 5. Bailey Sides, Paradise, 15-5

Triple jump: 1. Jaci Smith, Godley, 35-2; 3. Taylor Richards, Paradise, 33-5.5; 4. Brianna Ponder, Alvord, 33-4.75; 8. Emily Edge, Alvord, 31-11

Shot put: 1. Hailee Rutledge, Peaster, 36-2.25; 2. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 34-2.75; 4. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 33-4.75

Discus: 1. Sierra Romero, Grandview, 116-6; 3. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 103-1; 5. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 101-1


100: 1. Pearce Flemins, Maypearl, 10.7; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.2; 5. Joe Randall, Alvord, 11.3; 6. Luke Gage, Paradise, 11.31; 7. Kristoff Pewitt, Paradise, 11.32

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 22.3; 4. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 23; 8. Cash Preather, Paradise, 23.8

400: 1. Zachary Williams, Godley, 49.98; 4. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 53.65; 5. Joseph Tate, Boyd, 55.4

800: 1. Colt Jones, Tolar, 2:03.81; 8. Colby Dial, Paradise, 2:16.25

1600: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 4:42.97; 4. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:52.81; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 4:52.87; 8. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 5:04.07

3200: 1. Trevor Montgomery, Whitney, 10:24.82; 3. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:34.21; 5. David Pearson, Paradise, 10:42.48; 7. Omar Martinez, Boyd, 11:08.18; 8. Aaron Hammett, Boyd, 11:09.32

110 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 14.6; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 15; 3. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.4; 6. Brett Martin, Alvord, 16.5

300 hurdles: 1. Ben Thomes, Grandview, 39.96; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 40.49; 4. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.57; 5. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 43.45; 7. Bryce Miller, Paradise, 44.72

4×100: 1. Maypearl 43.78; 3. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 44.27; 5. Paradise: Austin Hogan, Luke Gage, Nick Loney, Robert Norvell, 44.85

4×200: 1. Tolar 1:33.53; 5. Alvord: Brett Martin, Heath Walker, Jonathan Musgrave, Joe Randall, 1:36.82

4×400: 1. Godley 3:29.52; 4. Boyd: Joseph Tate, Shay Dodson, Austin Cozby, Dalton Stidham, 3:32.96; 7. Alvord: Logan Watkins, Heath Walker, Andrew Nichols, Josh Malone, 3:46.31

High jump: 1. Trenton Wallace, Grandview, 6-4; 6. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 5-10; 7. Colby Dial, Paradise, 5-10

Pole vault: 1. Trae Jones, Rio Vista, 11-0; 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 11-0; 3. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 11-0

Long jump: 1. Walker Shelter, Tolar, 21-7.75

Triple jump: 1. Garrett Winston, Tolar, 44-11; 4. Cash Preather, Paradise, 41-3.5; 5. Tanner Valentine, Paradise, 40-2.75; 8. Xavier Kyle, Boyd, 37-3.75

Shot put: 1. Tavaris Owens, Whitney, 53-1; 5. Taylor Edwards, Paradise, 43-3.5

Discus: 1. Kendell Wimberly, Whitney, 160-06; 6. Sequoia Smith, Boyd, 119-0; 7. Blake Brown, Paradise, 116-3

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