After prelims on Friday, Northwest’s Kerry Gleason sat third in the 110 hurdles, a spot out of a guaranteed berth into the state meet.
“I knew I had to step it up if I was going to make sure I was going to state,” Gleason said. “I went all-out, knowing it could be my last race.”
The motivated Gleason flew down the Fuller Track at Texas Tech University Saturday, finishing in 14.33 seconds to take the 5A Region I silver medal and secure a trip to Austin May 10. He later added a silver medal in the 300 hurdles to earn a spot in the University Interscholastic League Championships in a second event.
“Finally getting to go [to state] is incredible,” Gleason said. “Everything fell into place.”
DeSoto’s Chevis Armstead won the 110 hurdles in 13.86. Gleason held off Abilene’s Jesus Serrano and DeSoto’s Sabrien Wheeler, who both ran 14.51, for second.
“It was close. I could see the guy on the outside and out-leaned him at the end,” Gleason said. “I didn’t see the guy on the inside who ended up being third.”
After the strong 110 hurdles race, Gleason moved up two spots from prelims in the 300 hurdles to take second. He ran 37.9, finishing 0.12 behind the winner – Serrano.
“My thought in the 300 was that I already qualified in one event and was going to Austin, so I let loose and let whatever happen,” Gleason said. “I wasn’t expecting to make it in the 300 because there were a lot of fast guys. To have that after the 110s was icing on the cake.”
After a strong start in the 300s, Gleason hit the curve tied for first. In the straightaway, he fell to third. Gleason said 110 champion Armstead stuttered and hit the last hurdle.
“I picked him off to take second,” Gleason said.
Armstead finished in 37.9 for third.
TEXANS FINISH RUNNER-UP
Behind a pair of silver-medal finishes by Kerry Gleason and wins in the 4×100 and discus, the Northwest Texans brought home second place at the 5A Region I meet.
Northwest finished with 52 points. DeSoto won the meet with 58 points.
Twenty of the Texans’ points came in the first race Saturday. The 4×100 squad of Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel and Jordan Muldrow ran a 41.18 to win the region title. Killeen took second in 41.18.
Duke Kicinski was the first Texan to earn a state spot, finishing second in the discus with a toss of 178-6.
In the 1600, Zach Kirkland ran 4:18.65 to take the silver medal. Keller’s Austen Dalquist won the race in 4:13.58.
FREIER WINS FOURTH REGIONAL TITLE
Northwest’s Desiree Freier completed her career sweep of the pole vault at the 5A Region I meet Saturday, taking gold for the fourth time.
Freier cleared 14 feet to set a new meet record. She made three attempts at 14-9.
The national record holder will now try for a third state crown.
5A REGION I RESULTS TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
NORTHWEST BOYS RESULTS
4×100: 1. Northwest: Saveion James, Chase Morrison, Reggie McDaniel, Jordan Muldrow, 41.18
110 hurdles: 2. Kerry Gleason, 14.33
4×200: 13. Northwest, 1:28.59
300 hurdles: 2. Kerry Gleason, 37.9
200: 11. Chase Morrison, 22.12
1600: 2. Zach Kirkland, 4:18.65
4×400: 10. Northwest, 3:23.82
Discus: 2. Duke Kicinski, 178-6
Shot put: 11. Duke Kicinski, 50-6.5
NORTHWEST GIRLS RESULTS
3200: 14. Cassidy Adams, 12:15
800: 9. Baylee Nelson, 2:22.77
4×400: 9. Northwest, 3:59.67
High jump: 8. Hailey Krieg, 5-2
Pole vault: 1. Desiree Freier, 14-0