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Track: Decatur relays advance to regionals

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 22, 2017
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The Decatur Lady Eagles brought home a pair of medals in the relays and will send all three to regionals.

MAKING AN EXCHANGE – Decatur’s Taylor Butler hands off to Mackenzie Whitaker in the 4×400. Decatur took fourth. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Lady Eagles squad of Autumn Finny, Kallie Boner, Mallory and Macy Downe turned in a 49.9 to take third in the 4×100 Wednesday.

“I had chills before the race,” Finny said.

Running with the explosive team from Dallas Carter, the Lady Eagles stayed in the race with Macy Downe carrying the baton across in position to get a medal.

“I was trying to catch the girl in front of me,” Macy Downe said. “The first-place girl was way out there.”

In the 4×200, the Lady Eagles team of the Downes, Aly Skarke and Finny ran 1:46.31 for third. Decatur crossed the line in fourth but moved up a spot after Carrollton Ranchview was disqualified for being outside the exchange zone.

“Going in we were fourth. Our goal was to get third,” Macy Downe said. “We ran really good.”

To close the meet for the Lady Eagles, the 4×400 squad of Finny, Katy Wunrow, Taylor Butler and Mackenzie Whitaker ran 4:06.5 to score a fourth-place finish and a regional spot.

After strong legs by Finny and Wunrow, Butler moved the Lady Eagles into the region qualifying spot with a big kick in her final 150 meters.

“Before the race, I said there’s no way looking at these schools,” Butler said. “We were able to chop our times down. There was no way they were going to bump us out.”

Whitaker held on to fourth in the anchor leg.

Tight Finish

TIGHT FINISH – Decatur’s Christian Isaac leans for the finish line. Isaac took third in the 800 race at the 9/10-4A meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ISAAC TAKES THIRD IN 800

Decatur junior Christian Isaac turned in a 58-second opening lap and tried to hang on in the 800 Wednesday.

But after fighting the wind over the first 400, Isaac couldn’t hold off a late charge from a pair of runners and finished third in 2:00.54.

“Taking the lead in the first lap took a toll on me,” Isaac said. “I was where I wanted to be [with the 58]. That last 100 I knew would be a battle. I felt my legs were shot the last 200.”

Isaac will advance to regionals.

“I’m excited. I missed it by one position last year,” Isaac said. “My goal was to advance.”

FRESHMAN EARNS REGION BID IN DISCUS

Decatur freshman Riley Forman set a personal best in the discus to earn a spot in the Class 4A Region II field.

Forman threw 94-6.25 Wednesday to finish third at the area meet.

“I threw really good,” Forman said. “Going in as a freshman and making it to regionals is really exciting.”

Moving on Together

MOVING ON TOGETHER – Bridgeport’s Savannah Tuggle and Karen Ibarra finished third and fourth in the girls pole vault. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT PAIR ADVANCE IN POLE VAULT

Bridgeport pole vaulters Savannah Tuggle and Karen Ibarra both cleared 7-6 in the pole vault Wednesday to earn regional bids.

Tuggle finished third in the event with fewer misses than Ibarra, who took fourth.

“It’s cool that Karen and I get to go together to regionals,” Tuggle said.

FINNY MEDALS IN TRIPLE JUMP

Decatur’s Autumn Finny bounded her way to a regional spot, finishing third in the triple jump Wednesday.

Finny landed a jump of 34 feet. Princess Hamilton of Dallas Roosevelt won the event with a jump of 36-9.5.

“It went OK. I’ll be expecting more at regionals,” Finny said.

“My last jump I hit the board so good but scratched. I finally got the air I needed.”

Up and Over

UP AND OVER – Decatur’s Mackenzie Whitaker clears the bar in the high jump. She finished fourth. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

9/10-4A AREA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DECATUR

GIRLS

Discus: 1. Bernadette Kalala, Lincoln, 110-0.75; 2. Kiaya Johnson, Lincoln, 98-6.5; 3. Riley Forman, Decatur, 94-6.25; 4. Larissa Moser, Sanger, 91-7.25; 5. Natalie Smith, Bridgeport, 91-3; 6. Kimberly Luco, Decatur, 89-3.75

Pole vault: 1. Kenney Poling, Argyle, 9-6; 2. Maddie Murray, Krum, 9; 3. Savannah Tuggle, Bridgeport, 7-6; 4. Karen Ibarra, Bridgeport, 7-6

Long jump: 1. MaQhi Berry, Ranchview, 18-4; 2. Princess Hamilton, Roosevelt, 17-11.5; 3. Legend Harris, Carter, 17-2.5; 4. Aliza Bowen, Gainesville, 17-1.5; 5. Autumn Finny, Decatur, 16-2.5; 8. Mallory Downe, Decatur, 15-6

Shot put: 1. Bernadette Kalala, Lincoln, 33-8; 2. Shatyla Rogers, Pinkston, 32-10.5; 3. Kayshya Caffee, Ranchview, 31-9.75; 4. Madison Kyle, Decatur, 31-6.5; 5. Marissa Bias, Decatur, 31-1; 8. Natalie Smith, Bridgeport, 29-10.5

High jump: 1. Abbi Neece, Argyle, 5-6; 3. Princess Hamilton, Roosevelt, 5-4; 3. Vivian Gray, Argyle, 5-2; 4. Mackenzie Whitaker, Decatur, 5-2; 6. Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur, 4-8

Triple jump: 1. Princess Hamilton, Roosevelt, 36-9.5; 2. Rhett Robinson, Krum, 35-8; 3. Autumn Finny, Decatur, 34; 4. Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur, 33-11.5

3200: 1. Audrey Springer, Sanger, 11:49.7; 2. Johanna Drews, Krum, 12:01.25; 3. Lanie Rodgers, Argyle, 12:01.58; 4. Elizabeth Culpepper, Decatur, 13:02.44

4×100: 1. Carter (Jayla Smith, Sha’Carri Richardson, Deziree Porter, Zhayln Richard), 46.89; 2. Ranchview, 49.83; 3. Decatur (Autumn Finny, Mallory Downe, Kallie Boner, Macy Downe), 49.99; 4. Lincoln, 50.3

800: 1. Rhyle McKinney, Argyle, 2:27.82; 2. Johanna Drews, Krum, 2:29.2; 3. Madison Peltier, Argyle, 2:30.83; 4. Gabi Luna, Sanger, 2:34.45

100 hurdles: 1. Princess Hamilton, Roosevelt, 15.87; 2. Rhett Robinson, Krum, 16.07; 3. Feja Hodges, Carter, 16.53; 4. Madison Jacobs, Sanger, 16.93; 5. Morgen Davidson, Bridgeport, 17.13

100: 1. Sha’Carri Richardson, Carter, 11.6; 2. Randa Slone, Lincoln, 12.54; 3. Jayla Smith, Carter, 12.6; 4. Macy Downe, Decatur, 12.67; 5. Mallory Downe, Decatur, 12.97; 7. Kallie Boner, Decatur, 13.09

4×200: 1. Carter (Drew Williams, Zhayln Richard, Chadaja Boykins, Jayla Smith), 1:43.34; 2. Lincoln, 1:45.85; 3. Decatur (Aly Skarke, Mallory Downe, Macy Downe, Mackenzie Whitaker), 1:46.31; 4. Sanger, 1:47.92

400: 1. Deziree Porter, Carter, 57.95; 2. Tatjana Brown, Lincoln, 58.75; 3. Lauryn McCollum, Ranchview, 59.22; 4. Legend Harris, Carter, 1:00.72

300 hurdles: 1. Celia Johnson, Lincoln, 47.49; 2. Olivia Thomas, Ranchview, 47.52; 3. Madison Peltier, Argyle, 47.99; 4. Feja Hodges, Carter, 48.02; 6. Makenzie Fox, Decatur, 48.35

200: 1. Sha’Carri Richardson, Carter, 24.15; 3. Zhayln Richard, Carter, 24.99; 3. La’Mantra Fricks, Ranchview, 25.89; 4. Aliza Bowen, Gainesville, 26.06; 6. Aly Skarke, Decatur, 27.02; 7. Mackenzie Whitaker, Decatur, 27.59

1600: 1. Audrey Springer, Sanger, 5:26.06; 2. Lanie Rodgers, Argyle, 5:36.34; 3. Johanna Drews, Krum, 5:50.17; 4. Melanie Castillo, Sanger, 5:53

4×400: 1. Lincoln (Rickera Foster, Celia Johnson, Jayla Johnson, Keashon Davis), 4:00.4; 2. Ranchview, 4:02.42; 3. Carter, 4:02.67; 4. Decatur (Aly Skarke, Katy Wunrow, Taylor Butler, Mackenzie Whitaker), 4:06.5

TAKING A SPIN – Decatur’s Charlie Doubrava qualified for regionals finishing fourth in the discus. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BOYS

Shot put: 1. Braven Smith, Sanger, 49-8; 2. Josh Baker, Krum, 46-9.75; 3. Andy Buttrell, Argyle, 45-7; 4. Jarell Cherry, Carter, 45-5.75

High jump: 1. Trent McCloud, Argyle, 6-1; 2. Taevion Gilmore,Gainesville, 6; 3. John Henry Nwachukwu, North Hills, 6; 4. Kortijk Miles, Lincoln, 6

Triple jump: 1. Isaac Hacker, Decatur, 44-6; 2. Ledajrick Cox, Carter, 42-1.75; 3. Tyrin Green, Hutchins, 41-11.5; 4. Nichael Whitehead, Carter, 41-10; 8. Charlie Doubrava, Decatur, 39-6.5

Discus: 1. Everett Gunnoe, Krum, 140-6; 2. D’Uantrick Savala, Carter, 131-10; 3. Braven Smith, Sanger, 131-6.5; 4. Charlie Doubrava, Decatur, 128-4

Pole vault: 1. Nick Calabrese, Argyle, 13; 2. Noah Lang, Argyle, 13; 3. Haeden Knight, Krum, 12; 4. Braden Pruett, Argyle, 8

Long jump: 1. Dane Ledford, Argyle, 22-4.25; 2. Dylan Carter, Argyle, 21-6; 3. Peyton Martinez, Sanger, 21-4; 4. Ledajrick Cox, Carter, 21-3

3200: 1. Bryson Bassinger, Sanger, 10:06.47; 2. Ben Splain, Argyle, 10:09.69; 3. Devontae Taylor, Lincoln, 10:16.69; 4. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 10:24.72; 5. Manuel Garcia, Bridgeport, 10:40.42

4×100: 1. Lincoln (Jarrion Patton, Devodric Bynum, Lamarsay Austin, Dennis Johnson), 42.19; 2. Hutchins, 42.59; 3. Sanger, 42.66; 4. Carter, 42.73; 5. Decatur (Adam Martinez, Colton Denman, Alec Uselton, Mario Reyes), 43.63

800: 1. Alfonso Fascio, Sanger, 1:59.96; 2. LaKyron Mays, Carter, 2:00.21; 3. Christian Isaac, Decatur, 2:00.54; 4. Robert Maston, Carter, 2:01.27; 6. Marco Rodriguez, Decatur, 2:02.91

110 hurdles: 1. Peyton Martinez, Sanger, 14.87; 2. Cameron Macon, Carter, 15.44; 3. Calion Baker, Gainesville, 15.47; 4. Lorenzo Tystad, Krum, 15.94

100: 1. Dennis Johnson, Lincoln, 10.76; 2. Cedric Hayes, Carter, 10.82; 3. Troy McKnight, Ranchview, 10.99; 4. Cody Hunter, Sanger, 11.02; 6. Adam Martinez, Decatur, 11.16

4×200: 1. Carter (Trevion Ware, Nichael Whitehead, Adarrius Ramsey, Jarell Cherry), 1:28.96; 2. Ranchview, 1:30.76; 3. Sanger, 1:30.99; 4. Hutchins, 1:31.06; 5. Decatur (Adam Martinez, Colton Denman, Alec Uselton, Mario Reyes), 1:32.63

400: 1. LaKyron Mays, Carter, 48.26; 2. Robert Maston, Carter, 49.43; 3. Travosh Furlough, Hutchins, 51.09; 4. Nathan Smith, Gainesville, 51.63; 6. Christian Isaac, Decatur, 54.3; 7. Kooper Joplin, Decatur, 54.63

300 hurdles: 1. Cameron Macon, Carter, 39.8; 2. Kevin Callahan, Carter, 40.26; 3. Lorenzo Jones, Carter, 40.83; 4. Jason Parker, Ranchview, 41.06; 6. Holden Hacker, Decatur, 43.43

200: 1. Dameon Moser, Sanger, 22.13; 3. Michael Samihamba, Carter, 22.46; 3. Devodric Bynum, Lincoln, 22.63; 4. Deontrell Butts, Krum, 22.66; 5. Mario Reyes, Decatur, 22.69

1600: 1. Payten Vidourek, Sanger, 4:38.73; 2. Bryson Bassinger, Sanger, 4:40.6; 3. Marco Rodriguez, Decatur, 4:44.32; 4. Alan Rangel, Decatur, 4:45.44

4×400: 1. Carter (LaKyron Mays, Robert Maston, Trevion Ware, Nichael Whitehead), 3:17.44; 2. Hutchins, 3:26.66; 3. Gainesville, 3:27.55; 4. Decatur (Kooper Joplin, Payton McAlister, Moses Ramos, Christian Isaac), 3:28.19

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