Boyd, Paradise start strong on opening day of District 8-3A meet

By Reece Waddell | Published Monday, April 2, 2018.
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Boyd junior Connor Richardson retained his District 8-3A title in the 3200-meters Monday at Jacksboro, clocking a 10:30.04 to take home the gold.

Richardson and the rest of the runners battled the elements, as temperatures for most of the morning hovered in the low 40s with a slight drizzle. Richardson’s teammate Gauge Fahlin placed third with a time of 10:50.78. Both advanced to area. 

“I’m excited,” Richardson said. “Just like last year it’s fun [going to area]. It’s a great experience. I’m proud to take another teammate with me in the two-mile. [Fahlin] been working hard for us all year. I’m just proud to see what he did out there.”

Richardson quickly made his way to the head of the pack, separating himself from the rest of the field. Paradise’s Matthew Eisen claimed silver and chased Richardson for most of the race. He finished in 10:47.97, 17 seconds behind Richardson.

“That’s Matthew’s first time to run the two-mile,” said Paradise coach Ken Thompson. “It was a great race. Anything you put him in he’s going to compete well in.  His best race is the mile. So hopefully him and Connor will have a good battle on Thursday night.”

Pearson claims silver

As Hannah Beth Pearson crossed the finish line Monday morning, she put her hands over her head and tried to catch her breath. 

Running behind speedy Leah Bullinger from Holliday, Pearson managed to keep pace for most of the race. She finished second in 12:42 to claim silver and advance to area.

“Bullinger is really fast, so she helped pace me the whole time,” Pearson said. “It means a lot [to get second] because last year I ran the two-mile in district and didn’t make it to area, so it’s exciting to [advance].”

Cate wins gold

Jacey Cate had three chances to tie her record of 5-foot-4 on the high jump Monday morning. On her third and final attempt, Cate nearly cleared the bar, but the back of her leg had other ideas.

Cate settled for a leap of 5-foot-2, earning a gold medal and trip to area for the second straight year. 

“She had some great looks at it,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “I think she’s doing great. The last three track meets she’s improved drastically for us. I think we’re right on pace to where we want to be. She’s working really hard and given up her Saturdays the entire track season so she can try to improve and get better. I’m very proud of her.”

In between jumps, Cate would get warm before trying to clear the bar, huddling under a blanket or jacket. She said she did not think the weather impacted her performance.

“Last year I jumped 5’4 here, [so] I was like “I can do it, I know I can,’” Cate said. “I guess because it was super cold I was super nervous to do it. [The cold] wasn’t too bad because at regionals last year it was cold and sprinkling, so I was used to it.

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