Eagles take second, Lady Eagles earn third at area meet

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
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After sweeping the District 9-4A meet last week at Argyle, Decatur posted another strong effort Wednesday at the 4A Region II area meet.

Behind several personal bests, the Eagles finished second overall, tallying 127 points. Dallas Carter won the area title with 156 points. 

“I’m super pleased,” said Decatur coach Landon Wren. “I knew coming in Dallas Carter would be a tough competitor and it would be tough to overtake them for first. We had a lot of PRs today. Kids stepped up and performed well.”

The 4×400 team of Cameron Hale, Marco Rodriguez, Christian Isaac and Triston Read claimed silver in the final event of the day, running a season-best 3:28.60. The Eagles finished just over four seconds behind defending 4A state champion Dallas Carter.

“I knew we had an opportunity to go faster than we have all year,” Wren said. “Our kids weren’t going to back down. We were going to give it all we had, and it pushed us a time that was about two seconds faster than we’ve run all year.”

Lady Eagles take third

When Mackenzie Whitaker took the baton on the last lap of the 4×400, Decatur was on the verge of not medaling. But in less than a minute, Whitaker overtook Carrolton Ranchview and Dallas Lincoln to send the Lady Eagles home on a high note.

Decatur ended the afternoon in third place with 99 points. 

“In track, you can’t do anything about other people, but you can [control] what you do,” said Decatur coach David Park. “Given the wind conditions, I thought the kids competed exceptionally [well]. We set a season’s-best in the 4×400. We got a lot of kids going to regionals and we’ll go out there and see how it goes.”

Davidson makes amends in 100 hurdles

Last year at the area meet, Bridgeport junior Morgen Davidson had a lead in the 100 hurdles. As she neared the finish line, Davidson was hit by the runner to her left, knocking her off-balance.

Davidson wound up finishing fifth, missing out on the regional meet.

On Wednesday, Davidson made amends for the mishap, winning the area title in the 100 hurdles. She clocked a 15.65 to take home the gold.

“I feel pretty good, coming back from last year after I got hit and redeeming myself,” Davidson said.

Bridgeport coach Bradan Ritchey said Davidson’s work ethic has contributed to her success this season. After the Sissies’ softball game Tuesday against Argyle, Davidson put in extra practice on the track until about 8:30 p.m.

“She’s going to do whatever it takes,” Ritchey said.

Ragland sets school record

Bridgeport’s Blaze Ragland turned in a record-setting performance in the high jump, winning the area title with a leap of 6-6.

“Blaze had a school record in the high jump,” Ritchey said. “And the way he did it — he bombed out at 6-6, went down to 6-5 and got it on his third attempt. Then [he] went back up to 6-6 and got it on his second go-around.”

Gantt PRs, wins shot put title 

Decatur freshman Makenna Gantt improved on her performance at the district meet last week, throwing a personal record 38-2.75 to win the area title.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Gantt said. “I’ve always kind of been confident in myself, but I never knew I could [throw] that far as a freshman.”

Ingram advances in shot put and discus

Bridgeport freshman Ashley Ingram finished fourth in shot put and third in discus, advancing to regionals. Ingram threw 33.6.75 in shot put and 91-9.50 in discus.

“I threw better in practice,” Ingram said of her performance. “We had to use a different technique [because of the wind]. It’s pretty awesome [I advanced] since I haven’t been able to practice a lot because of soccer.”

Boys 4A Area Track Championships Results
Team: 1. Dallas Carter, 156; 2. Decatur, 127; 3. Argyle, 92; 4. Dallas Lincoln, 48; 5. Bridgeport, 42; 6. Krum, 39; 7. Sanger, 36; 8. Carrollton Ranchview, 32
100: 1. Jadon Maddux, Bridgeport, 10.63; 4. Adam Martinez, Decatur, 10.83;
200: 1. Jadon Maddux, Bridgeport, 21.79; 6. Riley Love, Decatur, 22.79;
400: 5. Triston Read, Decatur, 51.97; 6. Cameron Hale, Decatur, 53.51
800:  2. Triston Read, Decatur, 2:01.10; 3. Christian Isaac, Decatur, 2:01.35
1,600: 2. Sergio Sanchez, Decatur, 4:49.91; 3. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 4:51.05; 4. Gabe Embree, Decatur, 4:52.52
300 hurdles: 5. Jared Allison, Decatur, 41.78
4×100: 3. Decatur, (Adam Martinez, Riley Love, Colton Denman, Jhett Parker), 42.88
4×200: 4. Decatur, (Alec Uselton, Beau Bedford, Adam Martinez, Riley Love), 1:31.16; 3. Bridgeport, (Michael Cole, Zane Morrow, William Vann, Ty Read), 1:35.81
4×400: 2. Decatur, (Christian Isaac, Marco Rodriguez, Cameron Hale, Triston Read), 3:28.60;
3,200: 1. Alan Rangel, Decatur, 10:22:49; 2. Gabe Embree, Decatur, 10:36.21; 3. Salvador Garcia, Bridgeport, 10:57.90
Long jump: 2. Isaac Hacker, Decatur, 21-8.5; 5. Braden Snow, Decatur, 20-7;
Triple jump: 1. Isaac Hacker, Decatur, 44-6.5; 5. Riley Love, Decatur, 39-7
High jump: 1. Blaze Ragland, Bridgeport, 6-6; 4. Isaac Hacker, Decatur, 5-10
Pole vault: 3. Colton White, Decatur, 11-6
Discus: 2. Charles Doubrava, Decatur, 128-1.5; 6. Morgan Picha, Decatur, 115-1

Girls 4A Area Track Championships Results
Team: 1. Dallas Lincoln, 119; 2. Dallas Carter, 111; 3. Decatur, 99; 4. Argyle, 57; 5. Bridgeport, 46; 6. Krum, 39; 7. Sanger, 31; 8. Carrollton Ranchview, 30; 9. Frisco Lebanon Trail, 29; 10. Dallas Hutchins, 28; 11. Dallas Pinkston, 27
200: 4. Aly Starke, Decatur, 26.59; 6. Mackenzie Whitaker, Decatur, 27.13
400: 1. Autumn Finney, Decatur, 1:00.60
1,600: 4. Taylor Butler, Decatur, 6:08.57
3,200: 3. Kayla Leal, Decatur, 13:05.89; 4. Marisol Fraga, Bridgeport, 10:57.90
100 hurdles: 1. Morgen Davidson, Bridgeport, 15.65; 4. Makenzie Fox, Decatur, 16.62
300 hurdles: 3. Morgen Davidson, Bridgeport, 49.57; 5. Makenzie Fox, Decatur, 49.77
4×100: 4. Decatur, (Autumn Finney, Kallie Boner, Mallory Downe, Macy Downe), 50.44
4×200: 3. Decatur, (Aly Starke, Mallory Downe, Macy Downe, Mackenzie Whitaker), 1:47.92
4×400: 2. Decatur, (Makenzie Fox, Aly Starke, Mackenzie Whitaker, Samantha Roth), 4:06.23; 6. Bridgeport, (Lexine Stone, Breana Martinez, Kristen Grooms, Melanie Guzman), 4:25.87
3,200: 3. Marisol Fraga, Bridgeport, 12:45.36; 4. Kayla Leal, Decatur, 12:50.33
Long jump: 4. Mallory Downe, Decatur, 16-11,75; 4. Autumn Finney, Decatur, 15-7.25; 6. Macy Downe, Decatur, 15-5
High jump: 3. Makenzie Fox, Decatur, 5-0; 4. Mackenzie Whitaker, Decatur, 5-0
Pole vault: 2. Savannah Tuggle, Bridgeport, 8-0
Shotput: 1. Makenna Gantt, Decatur, 38-2.75; 3. Madi Kyle, Decatur, 34-6; 4. Ashley Ingram, Bridgeport, 33-6.75
Discus: 3. Ashley Ingram, Bridgeport, 91-9.5; 5. Makenna Gantt, Decatur, 90-1.5

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