Stidham brings home gold

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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After a strong start, Dalton Stidham clipped the third hurdle Saturday during the Class 2A Region II 110 finals.

But the little stumble didn’t slow the Boyd senior on his way to winning the region title in 14.51.

Going for Gold

GOING FOR GOLD – Boyd’s Dalton Stidham didn’t let a little thing like hitting a hurdle slow him down, as he finished first at the 2A Regional Meet in Stephenville Saturday. Stidham’s win earned him a trip to the UIL State Track Meet in Austin. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

“I hit the third hurdle but kept my composure and finished the race,” Stidham said.

The win gave Stidham a spot in the University Interscholastic League track and field championships May 9-10 in Austin.

“This means a lot to me. It’s been my life’s dream since I’ve been in track to run at state.”

Along with earning a state spot and a gold medal, Stidham turned in his best time.

But he didn’t have long to celebrate. The senior was back on the track shortly after his victory in the 110s to run the 300s. He brought home a silver medal and another spot in the state meet, finishing in 39.25. Buffalo’s William Adams won in 39.09.

“It wasn’t my best race,” Stidham said. “It was good to get out. I have room to improve.

“Hopefully at state I can get on the medal stand.”

Stidham wasn’t the only Boyd athlete to win a gold medal. Sprinter Qualynn Wells won the 200 in 22.21, edging Rosebud-Lott’s Artis Johnson by 0.01 of a second.

State Bound

STATE-BOUND – Alvord’s Savannah Williams (right) keeps pace with Erin Williams of Rogers en route to a silver medal in the 800-meter run at Saturday’s Regional Track Meet in Stephenville. Williams’ second-place finish qualified her for a return trip to the state meet. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


Alvord’s Savannah Williams will get a second shot to bring home a medal at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships.

The Alvord junior and defending state silver medalist took second in the 800 at the Class 2A Region II meet Saturday. Williams finished in 2:22.8.

“I ran pretty good. It was windy,” Williams said. “I wanted to make sure I get a chance to run at state. I’m going to spend the next two weeks completely dedicated to working on the track to make sure I improve and do better than last year.”

Rogers’ Erin Williams edged Williams for the gold medal, running 2:21.95.

“She definitely had a good kick,” Williams said. “I will try to have a better one on May 9.”

The two set a blazing pace, completing the first lap in 68 seconds.

Alvord’s Lauren Hart took a bronze medal in the 300 hurdles, running 47-flat.

Full Speed Jacket

FULL-SPEED ‘JACKET – Boyd’s Qualynn Wells looks strong as he rounds the corner in the 200-meter event Saturday at Stephenville. Wells won gold and will compete in the UIL State Track Meet in two weeks. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt



3200: 9. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 10:19.77

110 hurdles: 1. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 14.51; 12. Cody Carmichael, Paradise, 15.84

400: 8. Robert Norvell, Paradise, 54.49

300 hurdles: 2. Dalton Stidham, Boyd, 39.25; 10. Austin Cozby, Boyd, 42.22

100: 13. Austin Hogan, Paradise, 11.27

200: 1. Qualynn Wells, Boyd, 22.21

4×100: 11. Boyd: Shay Dodson, Xavier Kyle, Jackson Basting, Qualynn Wells, 44.11

1600: 13. Marco Martinez, Boyd, 4:52.19; 15. David Pearson, Paradise, 5:00.08

Pole vault: 6. Zildjian Brooks, Paradise, 12-0


3200: 14. Clara Breashears, Alvord, 13:09.61

800: 2. Savannah Williams, Alvord, 2:22.8

300 hurdles: 3. Lauren Hart, Alvord, 47

4×100: 9. Paradise: Kyndall McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Mikaela Beck, 51.09

100 hurdles: 10. Amber French, Paradise, 16.98

100: 9. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 12.65

4×200: 11. Paradise: Carressa McCasland, Bailey Sides, Taylor Richards, Aliyah Read, 1:49.49

4×400: 6. Paradise, 4:11.44; 7. Alvord, 4:13.3

High jump: 15. Linsey Chancelor, Boyd, 4-8

Long jump: 4. Mikaela Beck, Paradise, 17-3.25

Shot put: 8. Lindsey Thorpe, Boyd, 35-7.25

Discus: 13. Deanna Walterscheid, Paradise, 97-9

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