Luling, Shiner put up strong showings at regional track championships
CONVERSE — It was not too shabby of a weekend for track athletes from Luling and Shiner at the Region IV-1A and 2A Championships held at Judson ISD’s D.W. Rutledge Stadium.
The Lady Eagles occupied all top three spots in the 2A girls 3,200-meter run. Carley Glass won the regional title as she finished with a time of 11:32.64 and was followed by teammates Maria Salinas (11:41.15) and Kristaly Munoz (11:49.56). Salinas is the defending state champion in the event, which she won last year with a time of 11:28.02.
The same trio went 1-2-3 in the 1,600 meter run as well. Salinas won with a time of 5:18.95, followed by Glass in 5:25.73 and Munoz in 5:31.34. Salinas was the runner up at state in the event last year when she finished in 5:12.61, while Glass was seventh with a time of 5:28.62.
The Luling boys won both state spots in the 3,200 as Michael Barnett finished first with a time of 9:49.63 and Jose Campos came in second at 9:54.57.
Campos qualified for state in the event last year when he came in ninth with a time of a 10:19.20.
Campos punched his ticket to state in the 1,600 with a time of 4:35.36 and Barnett was third in 4:38.71.
Luling will also have Ty Anderson competing in the state meet. He won the high jump with a best height of 6-6.
For Shiner, the boys relay team swept the field.
The 400-meter relay team of Marcus Coleman, Lucian Blaschke, Zach Lawrence and Trevion Flowers finished in 43.96. The 800-meter relay team of Coleman, Evel Jones, Lawrence and Flowers crossed the finish line in 1:29.39.
Blaschke, Lawrence, Jones and Flowers made up the mile relay team that finished in 3:25.41, over three seconds faster than runner up Mason.
The Lady Comanches’ LaNeisha Hunt won the 100-meter dash in 12.40 and Stacey Perez won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.39 seconds.
Perez said the race was a little “nerve-wracking” for her.
“In the 100 hurdles anything can happen,” she said. “I pushed it because I used the wind to my advantage.”
Perez said she is hoping to run in the 14-second range at the state meet. She came in second last year with a time of 15.42, while the winner, Garrison’s Jasia Berry, won the event in 14.87.
Also going to state for Shiner is Meloni Berger, who won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.71.
Moulton’s Ty Ramos came up short in his bid to return to state in the 3,200-meter run, finishing third with a time of 10:36.63. He finished in sixth place in the state final last year with a time of 10:12.44.
Ramos, who placed sixth at state last year in the 1,600-meter run, came in fifth with a time of 4:52.78.
Leanna Dunk of Flatonia was also looking to return to state in the high jump, where she placed fourth last year. She failed to qualify, finishing third with a best height of 5-0.
Results from the Class 1A, Region IV Track & Field Championships
(Area finishers only)
Triple jump: 6. Colby Mica, Flatonia, 42-11¼
Shot put: 4. Mitchell Mica, Flatonia, 45-2 ¾
3200: 3. Ty Ramos, Moulton, 10:36.63
1600: 5. Ty Ramos, Moulton, 4:52.78
400 relay: 1. Shiner (Marcus Coleman, Lucian Blaschke, Zach Lawrence, Trevion Flowers)
800 relay: 1. Shiner (Marcus Coleman, Evel Jones, Zach Lawrence, Trevion Flowers), 1:29.39.
1600 relay: 1. Shiner (Lucian Blaschke, Zach Lawrence, Evel Jones, Marlon Wallace), 3:25.41.
High jump: 3. Leanna Dunk, Flatonia, 5-0
Discus: 3. Lauren Oden, Shiner, 111-9 ¾ ; 5. Leanna Dunk, Flatonia, 107-6 ½
100 dash: 1. LaNeisha Hunt, Shiner, 12.40
100 hurdles: 1. Stacey Perez, Shiner, 15.39; 5. Emmalie Berkovsky, Shiner, 16.84
400 relay: 3. Shiner (Meloni Berger, LaNeisha Hunt, Cassie Stafford, Stacey Perez), 50.76
800 relay: 3. Flatonia (Alex Bruns, Taylor Williams, Katie Steinhauser, Courtney Mica), 1:48.56; 5. Shiner (Meloni Berger, Cassie Stafford, Tabita Blaschke, Stacey Perez), 1:50.55
1600 relay: 4. Flatonia (Alex Bruns, Katie Steinhauser, Courtney Mica, Taylor Williams), 4:18.54
Results from the Class 2A, Region IV Track & Field Championships
(Area finishers only)
3200: 1. Michael Barnett, Luling, 9:49.63; 2. Jose Campos, Luling, 9:54.57.
1600: 2. Jose Campos, Luling, 4:35.36; 3. Michael Barnett, Luling, 4:38.71
300 hurdles: 3. Tristan Newman, Nixon-Smiley, 41.27
High jump: 1. Ty Anderson, Luling, 6-6
3200: 1. Carley Glass, Luling, 11:32.64; 2. Maria Salinas, Luling, 11:41.15; 3. Kristaly Munoz, Luling, 11:49.59.
1600: 1. Maria Salinas, Luling, 5:18.95; 2. Carley Glass, Luling, 5:25.73; 3. Kristaly Munoz, Luling, 5:31.34.
100: 5. Tierra Haynes, Hallettsville, 12.90