Several Red River County athletes will be making the trip to Springtown-Porcupine Stadium this Friday and Saturday, in order compete in the Class AA Region II Track & Field competition. The athletes who will be making the trip advanced to the event by placing in the top four positions in their events at the 2019 15AA & 16AA Area Championships that took place on this last Monday on the campus of Union Grove High School.
The Clarksville girls produced a strong showing last week after capturing the District 15-AA Championship one week earlier. The Lady Tigers placed fourth overall in the Area meet, while Coach Tammie Wright’s team earned 73 total points. Hawkins took first place honors with 119 points, while Harleton finished second with 86 points. Union Grove out-distanced the Lady Tigers by 10 points to claim third place honors with 83 points. The Rivercrest Lady Rebels scored 36 points to place seventh, while the Detroit girls produced 7 points and finished 12th overall, in the field that included 15 teams.
Clarksville journeys to the regional event, where seven athletes will share responsibility for competing in eight events. In Area competition, the Lady Tigers captured first place honors in the 4X100 meter relay with a time of 52.61. The winning group consisted of MaKiyla Bradley, LaQuesha Clark, Dee Jackson and Eryn Reed.
Clark, a junior, also advanced in two other events, including the 100 meter hurdles, where she finished fourth with a time of 18.12. She also placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 34-5.
The Clarksville 4X200 meter relay team also is making the trip to the regional meet, after placing third with a time of 1:54.42. The group is made up of Bradley, Jackson, Reed, and TyTe Anna Rosser.
Chakyrah Griffin, a senior, captured gold in the discus throw with a distance of 119-9 1/2. She also reaches Springtown in the shot put after placing third, with a throw of 31-7 1/2. Reed will advance to Springtown in the long jump where she finished second on the past Monday with her distance of 15-11 3/4. RaShawna Wright took fourth place honors in the high jump to advance with her height reaching 4-8.
On the boys side, Clarksville left the Area meet with 30 points and a 9th place tie with Rivercrest. The Blue Tigers will be represented in Springtown by four athletes competing in three events. Tyrell Hobbs was the only team member to advance in field events as he captured third place in the shot put with a throw that covered 41-5 1/2.
In running events, Tre’ Rose won the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.06, while Amarion Black advances in the same event, following his fourth-place finish with a time of 24.11. Michael More, a third-place finisher in the 110 meter hurdles, recorded a time of 16.86 to advance to the next level.
The Clarksville boys are coached by Andrew Kirkindoff, Charlie Gomez,and H.B. Rosser. Rhonda Christophersen serves as assistant to Wright for the Lady Tigers.
The Rivercrest boys will be sending Leo Ibarra in three events. He will compete in the 3200 meters where he placed third with a time of 11:21.29, as well as the 800 meters following his third place finish also. In that event he finished with a time of 2:10.44.Ibarra will journey to Springtown to battle in the 1600 meter run after his second place finish with a posted time of 5:09.53. Cole Carson advances for the Rebels in the shot put as he placed fourth with his throw of 39-6 3/4.
On the girls side, Farrah Savage travels to the regional meet to compete for Rivercrest in triple jump and long jump where she finished second and third respectively. In the triple jump her distance was 34-8 1/2. She recorded a distance of 15-10 3/4 in long jump competition. Loren Easley moves on in the high jump after a second place finish, and a height of 4-10.. Lauren Kasal placed fourth in the 800 meter run to advance also. She recorded a time of 2:46.51.
The Detroit girls will be represented at the regional meet by Kiley Miller as she finished fourth in the 200 meter dash, while posting a time of 28.41.
At stake in Springtown for the athletes will be an opportunity to advance to the State Meet that will take place May 10-11 in Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.