The Class 4A Fort Bend County track and field teams traveled further down the Texas coastline from the area meet at Rockport, past Corpus Christi to Texas A&M University - Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium over the weekend for the Region IV-4A championships.
Needville was able to secure a spot at the 2021 UIL Class 4A State Track and Field Championships, which will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin for Class 3A and 4A on Thursday, May 6.
Freshman Andrew Pollard earned a trip to Austin with a second-place finish in the boys’ 1,600-meter run with a time of four minutes and 41.50 seconds.
Pollard finished fourth in the 800-meter runs with a time of 2:02.58, and junior teammate Tyler Sykora was 10th at 2:12.08.
Pollard was also seventh in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:33.07.
Senior Nehmiah Tarble was seventh in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.39.
The Blue Jays relay teams finished fifth in the 4x100-meter (43.96) and 4x200-meter (1:32.09), while Needville was eighth in the 4x400-meter relay at 3:40.67.
Senior Blake Boenisch was eighth in the boys’ shot put with a throw of 48 feet and three inches. Sophomore Andrew Huff was eighth in the discus with a throw of 138-11.
Freshman Jack Park was sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 12-6.
For the girls, Meriabella Rouane posted a throw of 116-11 in the discus. The UIL will call up one compactor as a wild card to the state field in each event; Rouane would be on the shortlist after a third-place finish.
Senior Ciara Cavazos was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.41.
The Lady Jays 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 4:17.49.
Needville was 11th in the boys’ team standings with 21.33 points and tied for 18th for the girls with 10 points.
Spartan relays win big
The Stafford track and field team advanced to state in four events, including two first-place finishes at the Region IV-4A meet.
The Lady Spartans won the gold in the 4x100-meter relay (49.44) and 4x200-meter relay (1:45.27).
Senior Skylar Carrier was third (12.15) and sophomore Amber Butler (12.6) was sixth in the girls’ 100-meter dash.
For the boys, the 4x100-meter relay (43.41) and 4x200-meter relay (1:29.30) were second.
In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Caleb Jones was sixth at 11.20, and sophomore Chase Williams was fourth in the 200-meter dash at 21.95.
Senior Nhemiah Tarble was seventh in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.39.
Junior Quaradale Patt was third in the shot put with a throw of 52-00.5, and was eighth in the discus at 138-11.
The Lady Spartans were third in the team standings with 47 points and fifth in the boys’ standings with 43 points.