Track: Boyd’s Richardson captures gold in 1,600

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Connor Richardson did not run as well as he had hoped Monday morning in the 3,200. Dealing with allergies and congestion, Richardson finished third with a time of 10:40.71. He posted a 10:30.04 at district – over 10 seconds faster.

BOUNCING BACK – Boyd junior Connor Richardson crosses the finish line in the 1,600 Monday in Jacksboro. Richardson claimed gold after finishing third in the 3,200. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After resting in the afternoon, Richardson emerged for the 1,600 fresh and eager to get back on track. The junior overcame an early push by Peaster’s Brice Hardin to take home the area title with a 4:40.48.

“He looked like a completely different cat,” said Boyd coach John Basting. “He ran one heck of a race.”

Richardson finished half a second off the school record.

“This morning I worried myself,” Richardson said. “I was like ‘Oh man, where am I at? What’s my body going to do?’ After getting the win, I just feel a lot more comfortable going into Abilene.”


Entering the final turn in the 400, Boyd’s Colton Lawson was neck-and-neck with City View’s Trey Smith and Brock’s Tommy Merrill.

As the three approached the final straightaway, Lawson turned on the jets to claim the area title. He quickly passed Merrill and narrowly edged Smith before crossing the finish line.

Lawson finished in 51.73. Smith clocked a 51.96.

“It feels great,” Lawson said. “It’s the first time I’ve been area champ in anything. Coming around that last corner, I didn’t know if the Brock kid had any kick left in him. I started taking off as fast as possible. He didn’t have the same gas I did so I felt pretty good crossing that line.”


In his first year running track, Paradise’s Lane Stevens continues to impress.

Stevens won gold in the 100 two weeks ago at the district meet and placed second Monday at area. He advanced to the regional meet with a time of 11.15.

“He’s been the fastest kid in the school since he was a freshman,” said Paradise coach Jonathan Ryle. “He loves to compete. He’s doing what I knew he could do.”

Stevens said even though he earned a silver medal, he was not satisfied with his performance. Stevens added he has been running through an injury to the illotibial band in his thigh and hip.

“I wasn’t happy with second place,” Stevens said. “I was looking at the back of the kid in front of me, and I was pretty angry. It was a fun race. I went and talked to him after, and he was a really good kid. He was humble about it. It’s not expected because it’s my first year [running track] and my leg is hurt. I feel like I could run faster if I was healthy.”

Bohner Brackeen took bronze in the 110 hurdles, posting a 15.15. The sophomore finished second at the district meet.

Ryle said Brackeen has gotten more consistent as the season has progressed.

“I’m excited,” Brackeen said of advancing to regionals. “It’s going to be a fun experience. I had a really good race with that adrenaline pumping, since it’s area. I was anxious before but once you get on the blocks it all goes away.”


In her fourth straight area meet, Boyd senior Jacey Cate took second in the high jump.

She cleared 5-0 to advance to regionals. Cate was the district champion in the high jump and cleared 5-2 last week. Her personal best is 5-4.

Holliday’s Brea Box, who finished second to Cate at district, won the area title with a leap of 5-2.

“I was even more nervous [today than at district], and I don’t know why because it’s my fourth year at area,” Cate said. “It is frustrating, but [Box and I] are friends, so it’s not that big of a deal.”


The Boyd Yellowjackets used strong relay performances to finish second as a team, scoring 60 points.

The 4×100 with Robert Barber, Alan Gaught, Colton Lawson and Tyler Morris took silver with a 44.88. Gaught ran the anchor leg and nearly caught first-place Brock in the home stretch.

“I felt like we did good. Our handoffs could have been better, especially on that third leg,” Gaught said. “I feel like if we get them, we have a good shot of getting first. I think if we have better handoffs, it would have been a lot closer than it was. Right there at the end he just kept pulling away.”

Basting said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“They always compete,” Basting said. “They’re like a bunch of brothers out there. Overall, we’re pleased.”


Team: 1. Brock 136; 2. Boyd 60; 3. Bowie 56.5; 4. Tolar 54; 5. Cisco 40.5; 6. Henrietta 38; 7. Wichita Falls City View 36; 8. Nocona 34; 9. Jacksboro 31; 10. Eastland 29; 11. Paradise 28; 12. Holliday 25; 13. Breckenridge 23; 14. Peaster 21; 15. Millsap 8.

100: 2. Lane Stevens, Paradise, 11.15

400: 1. Colton Lawson, Boyd, 51.73

1,600: 1. Connor Richardson, Boyd, 4:40.48; 3. Matthew Eisen, Paradise, 4:48.46

110 hurdles: 3. Bohner Brackeen, Paradise, 15.15

4×100: 2. Boyd, (Robert Barber, Colton Lawson, Tyler Morris, Alan Gaught) 44.21; 4. Paradise 44.88

4×400: 4. Boyd, (Gabe Gonzalez, Tyler Morris, Braedon Hopkins, Colton Lawson), 3:33.07

3,200: 3. Connor Richardson, Boyd, 10:40; 4. Gauge Fahlin, Boyd, 10:57


Team: 1. Brock 109; 2. Breckenridge 76; 3. Bowie 67; 4. Cisco 62; 5. Henrietta 41; 6. Millsap 40; 7. Peaster 37; 8. Holliday 31; 9. Tolar 30; 10. Paradise 29; 11. Jacksboro 26; 12. Nocona 24; 13. Eastland 23; 14. Boyd 17; 15. City View 8.

100: 3. Logan Heard, Boyd, 13.00;

1,600: 3. Hannah Beth Pearson, Paradise, 5:42.83

300 hurdles: 1. Maddie Mitschke, Paradise, 47.57

4×400: 4. Paradise, (Maddie Mitschke, Kyndel Beck, Aracelli Carrillo, Mia Caddell), 4:17.59

3,200: 4. Hannah Beth Pearson, Paradise, 12:40.11

High jump: 2. Jacey Cate, Boyd, 5-0

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