Track: Alvord, Chico athletes qualify for area meet

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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UP AND OVER – Alvord’s Christina Thomas clears a heighth during Thursday’s action at the District 11-2A track and field competition. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs captured the District 11-2A championship Wednesday, racking up 161 total points.

Christina Thomas won two gold medals and brought home a silver and a bronze.

Thomas won the discus with a throw of 106-2.25. Thomas cleared 5-0 to capture the high jump title. She finished third in the 100 hurdles in 17.72, behind teammates Jocelyn Tambunga, the gold medalist in 16.8, and Brittney Parrish, the silver medalist in 16.95.

Thomas joined Addison Woodall, Taylor Maag and Aubrey Mitchell on the 4×100 team that finished second in 54.24.

In the triple jump, Maggie Wicks snagged the district title with a leap of 32-2.

Tambunga went on to win the 300 hurdles, clocking a 51.04. Tawni Hamilton won gold in the 1,600 with a 6:08.65. She placed second in the 800 in 2:37.81.

Blysse Boling ran a 1:05.34 in the 400 to take home silver. Dayssi Hall took fourth in the discus with a throw of 79-3.

Woodall, Maag, Boling and Hamilton finished third in the 4×400 in 4:53.28.

Chico finished fifth as a team with 62 points.

Chico’s team of Destiny Lovejoy, Cassie Byers, Marilyn Amador and Danielle Gilmore finished third in the 4×100, clocking a 54.25 – 0.01 seconds behind Alvord.

Janet Chavez was third in the 400 with a 1:06.72. The Lady Dragons’ 4×400 team of Chavez, Byers, Amador and Adafne Chavez took second with a 4:38.51.


On the boys side, Alvord claimed silver as a team with 117 points. Muenster won the district title with 177 points.

Alvord’s Tanner Richey captured a gold and four silver medals.

He joined Clayton Machal, Ransom Klein and Shea Buckaloo on the district champion 4×100, running a 44.68. The same team took second in the 4×200 in 1:34.76.

Richey took silver in the high jump with a leap of 5-11. He claimed silver in the long jump, soaring 18-7.5. Richey finished second in the 100. Machal was third and Klein fourth.

Colton Parker placed second in the 400 with a 54.06 for the Bulldogs. Parker also garnered a bronze medal in the 200 with a time of 25.21.

In the 300 hurdles, Blake Jones ran a 46.59 to finish second.

Cason Rangel took bronze in the shot put with a throw of 37-11.5.

Dain Warnick advanced to area in the discus, placing fourth with a throw of 104-8. Machal was fourth in the long jump with a jump of 17-5.5 and fourth in the triple jump, leaping 35-9.

The Chico Dragons finished fourth with 68 points.

Nico Starnes won the 100 in 11.19.

The Dragons finished third in both the 4×100 and 4×200. Billy Morgan, Starnes, Daniel Parra and Ashton Henson finished the 4×100 in 47.20. The same team clocked a 1:41.76 in the 4×200.

Chico’s Raul Warnock advanced to area in the 3,200, clocking a 12:10.02 to finish fourth. Warnock ran a 5:35.28 in the 1,600 to finish third.

Morgan cleared 5-8 in the high jump to advance to area. He was third in the long jump with an effort of 17-11.

In the 300 hurdles, Benjamin Martinez took third for the Dragons with a 48.66.

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