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Track: Teams set for 8-4A meet

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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After nearly two months of competing in invitational meets, the championship portion of the season will begin Wednesday for Decatur and Bridgeport athletes at the 8-4A meet in Springtown.

The meet begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday with field events. The running prelims are at 5 p.m. The running finals will are at 5 p.m. Thursday at Porcupine Stadium.

The top finalists in each event will advance to the 7/8-4A area meet April 20.

The Decatur Lady Eagles will be trying to defend their 8-4A title.

After a long spring of competing against some of the top 5A and 6A programs in the Metroplex, Decatur girls coach David Park is looking forward to seeing his athletes in action.

“We’re healthy and the kids are excited,” Park said. “After competing against the bigger schools, our depth may help us, getting two or three in their respective events to score.”

That depth will allow the Lady Eagles to spread out scoring, instead of relying on a few athletes to pile up points.

“We’re deeper. This is the first time in a long time, we’d be disappointed if we take a zero in any event,” Park said.

The Lady Eagles’ Jessica Kyle will be trying for three gold medals in the 800, mile and making her season debut in the pole vault.

Taylor Butler and Mallory Downe will be among the favorites in the long and triple jumps.

Kallie Boner and Aly Skarke will battle for medals in the sprints.

Park expects the relays to face heavy challenges from Lake Worth and Springtown.

For the Eagles, coach Cade Wartes said his team continues to improve.

“We feel confident we’re going to battle,” he said. “We’ll go out and battle that day.”

Gunnar Parker comes into the district meet with a 10.7 under his belt in the 100.

“He’s a fast kids that’s stuck it out and worked hard,” Wartes said.

Cole Stallard is the league’s favorite in the discus. He’s had a toss of 139 this season and Wartes said he’s capable of getting to 145.

Dru Anderson and Dane Fitzgerald are among the top in the region in the long jump with both recording efforts of 21-7 this season.

Anderson and Fitzgerald join Ryan Durdon and Parker on the sprint relay that hit 43.9 in its last meet.

The 4×200 with Alec Uselton, Fitzgerald, Anderson and Durdon has a best of 1:33.37.

Eric Aguilar in the 1,600 headlines the list of returning region qualifiers for Bridgeport.

“I am excited to see our kids run,” said Bridgeport coach Justin Garza. “I think we will be competitive amongst our district opponents. We have a handful of returning regional qualifiers that are looking forward to making the trip again.”

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