HUMBLE — George Ranch and the seven Fort Bend ISD teams from District 20-6A faced one of the deepest fields at the Region III-6A track and field championships at George Turner Stadium in Humble.
But the Longhorns still finished with nearly 10 tickets to state, while Ridge Point and Bush were able to add one each. The Longhorn boys were third in the team standings with 46 points, while the girls were eighth with 30 points. The Lady Broncos of Bush were fourth in the team standings with 40 points.
The top two finishers in each event advance to run at the 2021 UIL Class 6A State Track and Field Championships, which will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium at The University of Texas at Austin Saturday, May 8, with Class 1A.
Senior Bryce McCray won the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 36.91 seconds, and the Longhorn boys’ 4x400-meter relay team (Mason Franklin, Grant Celestine, Cameron Chretien, and McCray) was first in the 4x400-meter relay at 3:14.94.
Senior Alexis Tilford-Rutherford won the long jump with a mark of 19 feet and 5.25 inches, and she was second in the triple jump at 38-5.
Sophomore Skylar Herrera was second in the girls’ 100-meter wheelchair race (22.68) and 400-meter wheelchair race (1:30.55) while also earning the silver in the wheelchair shot put at 10-11.5.
Junior Taylor Reeves finished second in the girls’ pole vault at 11-06.
Ridge Point’s Karson Gordon was second in the triple jump at 47-4.5, and Bush’s girls’ 4x400-meter relay team (Rachel Joseph, Raylen Russel, Demeri Duplechain and Makaila Williams) was second at 1:38.51.
George Ranch had two other events for the boys’ narrowly missing the automatic bid for state. Junior Shane Gardner was third in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.01, and the 4x200-meter relay team (Coy Cook, Kyjah Savery, Davion Jenkins and Shane Gardner) was third at 1:26.90.
Junior Kyjah Savery was seventh in the 200-meter dash (21.49) and senior Cameron Chretien was eighth in the 400-meter dash (50.77).
Senior Jacob Curtis finished 10th in the 800-meter run (2:00.29). The 4x100-meter relay team (Cook, Savery, Jenkins and Kenneth White) was sixth at 42.01. Gardner was sixth in the high jump at 6-2 and sophomore Henry Cukwu was 15th in the long jump at 18-9.25.
For the girls, senior Gabriella Ayiteyfio was fifth in the 100-meter dash at 12.19, while sophomore Madison Haldiman was seventh in the 3200-meter run at 11:36.32.
The Longhorn girls’ 4x100-meter relay team was sixth with a time of 47.78.
Ayiteyfio was 10th in the girls’ high jump at 5-0. Sophomore Genesis Griffin finished seventh in the triple jump (36-07.25) and eighth in the long jump (17-8.25).
Best of Fort Bend
Fort Bend ISD narrowly missed spots at state in numerous events on Saturday in Humble.
For the boys, Clements’ senior Felipe Medrado was third in the 300-meter hurdles at 38.27.
The Travis boys’ 4x400-meter relay team (Aaron Mendiola, Dominic Njoku, Daniel Okeya and Gabriel Van Wyk) was fourth at 3:19.28. The Austin boys’ 4x200-meter relay team (Hunter Blanchette, Jamal Franklin, Chidubem Ike-Belonwu and Andrew Zilch) finished seventh at 1:28.56.
Elkins’ Savion Sims was eighth at 21-9.5, while Travis’ Damilare Olukosi was fifth in the triple jump at 46-5.5.
For the girls, Bush junior Christian Pleasant finished fifth with a time of 25.11. Elkins junior Mfoniso Andrew was third in the girls’ 400-meter dash with a time of 54.34.
Elkins senior Courtney Wilmington was fourth (2:16.19) and Austin freshman Marianna Chapa was fifth (2:17.04) in the 800-meter dash.
Austin junior Jade Harris checked in at sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.75.
Bush’s 4x100-meter girls’ relay team (Russell, Joseph, Demeri Duplechain and Pleasant) was fourth (47.19) and the 4x4000 meter relay team (Joseph, Russell, Dulechain and Williams) finished fifth (3:15.47).
Elkins’ 4x400-meter girls’ relay team (Faith Holman, Courtney Wilmington, Taylor Jackson and Mfoniso Andrew) was third with a time of 3:45.25.
Bush senior Arianna Stegall finished third in the girls’ shot put while Ridge Point senior Jordan Houston was sixth at 39-2.5. Stegall finished fourth in the discus (137-9) and Elkins freshman Sydney Freeman finished seventh (119-7).
Austin sophomore Elizabeth Pringle finished eighth in the girls’ high jump at 5-2.