Track: Alvord relays advance to Class 2A Region I meet

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Taking the Baton

TAKING THE BATON – Alvord’s Karissa Woodall takes off after getting the stick from teammate Christina Thomas. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs brought home three medals in the relays at the 9/10-2A meet Wednesday.

All three relays will advance to the Class 2A Region II meet in Dallas at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex April 29-30.

The 4×100 team of Brittany Burton, Christina Thomas, Karissa Woodall and Shelby Young ran 52.55 for third.

Young was in a tight race at the finish for a medal.

“It was scary. I gave it all that I have,” she said.

Alondra Bolands, Young, Woodall and Thomas teamed for the bronze in the 4×200 in 1:54.52.

Brittney Parrish, Woodall, Bolands and Paycee Edgett garnered silver in the 4×400 in 4:24.82.

“We definitely ran our best time,” Woodall said.

Edgett, who finished third in the quarter, ran the anchor leg for the Lady Bulldogs and pulled into second early in her lap.

“Whenever I got the baton, I wanted to pass her. I was hoping that I wasn’t starting too soon,” Edgett said. “I heard the footsteps getting wider apart and knew it was OK.”

Edgett ran 1:04.49 in the 400.

“I was a little slower than I should’ve been, but as long as I get to the next level,” she said. “I didn’t have a whole lot at the end.”


Last year, Alvord’s Kaely Beaver earned second place at district and area before taking second at regionals and moving on the state meet in the shot put.

Wednesday, the Alvord junior continued her trend of moving up a step on the podium in her bid for a second trip to Austin. With a throw of 33-9.25, she won the 9/10-2A area title at Springtown. The area title followed her 10-2A crown.

“Today I did my best out of district and area,” Beaver said. “It’s about getting in the two four [and moving on]. Next week, it’ll be about getting top two.”

Beaver added to her medal collection by winning the discus with a throw of 96-4.


Karissa Woodall took third at the District 10-2A meet in the triple jump with an effort of 32 feet.

Wednesday, Woodall found an extra nearly two feet to win the gold medal at the 9/10-2A area meet. Woodall won with a jump of 33-10.5.

“My steps were really good today,” she said. “I’ve been working all year to get 33. I was a foot and nine inches better.”

All six of Woodall’s jumps were better than 32 feet. She had three efforts better than 33.


Entering the final curve, Brittany Burton was in a tight race in the 300 meters hurdles to get on the medal stand.

Burton held on to bring home the silver medal in 50.98.

“On the last curve, I was hoping they didn’t come up from behind me,” she said. “The secret is to run as hard as you can the first 150 meters. I’m excited about regionals. It’s my first time to go.”

Her teammate Brittney Parrish will join her at regionals. Parrish ran 52.05 for fourth.



Shot put: 1. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 33-9.25

Discus: 1. Kaely Beaver, Alvord, 96-4; 4. Christina Thomas, Alvord, 87-2

Pole vault: 3. Haley Pollard, Chico, 7-0

Triple jump: 1. Karissa Woodall, Alvord, 33-10.5

4×100: 3. Alvord (Brittany Burton, Christina Thomas, Karissa Woodall, Shelby Young), 52.55

4×200: 3. Alvord (Alondra Bolands, Shelby Young, Karissa Woodall, Christina Thomas), 1:54.52

400: 3. Paycee Edgett, Alvord, 1:04.49

300 hurdles: 2. Brittany Burton, Alvord, 50.98; 4. Brittany Parrish, Alvord, 52.05

4×400: 2. Alvord (Brittney Parrish, Karissa Woodall, Alondra Bolands, Paycee Edgett), 4:24.82; 3. Chico (Adafne Chavez, Whitney Renfro, Britton Petty, Jessica Byers), 4:29.32


Shot put: 3. Jonah Hancock, Alvord, 40-5

4×100: 5. Chico (Jaston McBee, Kalan Johnson, Jerod Blanks, Isaiah Williams), 46.25; 7. Alvord, 46.78

100: 5. Frank Williams, Alvord, 11.8

200: 4. Kalan Johnson, Chico, 23.55; 7. Crese Redman, Alvord, 24.17

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