They’ve been there before.
Rains pole vaulter Charlotte Brown, Leonard long jumper Brittyn Rushing, Lone Oak 800-meter runner Trevor Hemphill, Lone Oak 3200-meter runner Hanah Nichol and Farmersville 400-meter runner J’Kaylee Clark are hoping knowledge learned from a previous appearance pays off today with a medal at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
State newcomers that are also competing today include Farmersville high jumper Hailey Nelson, Farmersville pole vaulter Chloe Wall, Farmersville triple jumper Karlee Young, Wolfe City high jumper and long jumper Kenya Smith and Commerce 400-meter runner D’Lance Sharp.
Brown made state history last year when she became the first legally blind athlete to compete at the UIL state track and field championships. Last year she made it to the 3A pole vault as a wild-card after placing third at the Region II-3A meet in Commerce. This time Brown made it to Austin with a runner-up finish at the region meet, clearing 11 feet 3 inches.
Brown ranks in a tie for third place of the nine state qualifiers. Kally Long of Wimberley leads at 13-0. Long won the event last year, clearing 12-9. Sydney King of Dalhart ranks second among the qualifiers at 11-6.
Last year Brown cleared 10-6 to finish eighth.
Last year Rushing from Leonard went 17-3 1/4 to finish seventh in the Class 2A long jump. She bettered that mark two weeks ago with a winning jump of 17-8 at the Region II-3A meet in Stephenville to rank fourth among the state qualifiers. Paul Pewitt’s Chadnee Knox, who is the defending champion, leads the qualifiers at 18-9. Knox jumped 19-6 3/4 at state last year.
Hemphill finished fifth at state last year in the 2A boys 800-meter run with a career-best time of 1:57.72. He’s qualified fifth this time with a 1:59.21 clocked at the Region III-2A meet in Whitehouse. East Bernard’s Daniel Garza, who finished second last year, leads the state qualifiers at 1:57.20. Warren’s Cody Hammond, the defending champion, qualified third at 1:58.43. Hammond ran a 1:56.35 last year.
Nichol is making her third appearance in the state track and field meet, running this morning in the 3200. Nichol was eighth last year at state in the 1600 and was eighth at state in the 3200 as a sophomore. Nichol clocked the ninth-fastest 3200 qualifying time at 12:39.06. Ann Marie Dunlap of Crawford leads the qualifiers (11:30.30).
Clark of Farmersville returns again to the 2A girls 400-meter dash. She finished eighth in that event last year with a 1:02.26. She ranks fourth among the qualifiers with a 58.79. Diana Granados of Dallas Hampton Prep clocked the fasted qualifying time with a 57.48.
Farmersville’s Nelson ranks fourth among the qualifiers in the 2A girls high jump at 5-5. Lauren Purdom of Whitesboro leads at 5-7.
Wall of Farmersville ranks in a tie for third among the 2A qualifiers in the girls pole vault at 11-3. Caroline Bellows from George West leads the qualifiers (12-0). Madison Pecot from White Oak cleared 12-0 to win last year. Pecot qualified with a vault of 11-0.
Young ranks eighth among the 2A triple jumpers with her qualifying mark of 36-3/4. Chadnee Knox of Paul Pewitt leads at 38-2 1/2.
Smith from Wolfe City has the top qualifying mark in the Class A Division I high jump at 5-5, which she cleared to win the Region II-A meet in Abilene.
Smith ranks fifth in the long jump at 17-6. Albany’s Kami Norton, who is the defending state champion, leads with a qualifying mark of 18-6.
Sharp from Commerce ranks sixth in the 2A boys 400 meters at 49.68. James Kolb from Buffalo leads with a 48.33.
They’ve been there before.
Greenville Lions' coaching staff lineup changes
Each summer the Greenville Lions’ coaching staff goes through a transition phase as some coaches move on to other schools and new coaches are hired to take their place.
This summer is no exception. There’s changes in the coaching staffs for the boys and girls programs that’ll involve the football, volleyball, boys soccer, powerlifting and softball teams.
Hail to the winner of three medals at Transplant Games
His nickname in Greenville is “Pee Wee,” but Oliver Hale is a big man on the tennis court and in the kitchen.
Hale, who is a 1971 graduate of Greenville High School, won three medals at the 2014 Transplant Games of America recently in Houston while competing in the 60-and-over age category. He won a gold medal in men’s doubles, a silver in men’s singles and a bronze in mixed doubles along with playing partner Irena Bucci.
Free youth football camp planned
Second year Texas A&M University – Commerce Head Coach Colby Carthel and his coaching staff will be the directors of a free A&M Commerce Youth Football Camp.
Officially for the record
Two former Greenville schools are now officially recognized for their accomplishments in sports through new signage at the T. A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
LeBron: I'm heading back to Cleveland
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.
Commerce to host Dixie Softball tournament
The city of Commerce has partnered with the Dixie Softball to host the Darlings and the Debs Softball State Tournament at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex again this year.
Coach Steve Guffey touched many lives
Steve Guffey was a true sportsman in every sense of the word.
Guffey, who died on Saturday at the age of 50, was a standout athlete and coach, who was also an avid golfer, angler and hunter. He was an educator. teacher, mentor and a friend to many who’ve been paying their tributes online and at candlelight vigils on Sunday in Ladonia and on Monday in Campbell. Guffey’s memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Campbell High School gymnasium, where he coached the Lady Indians’ basketball team the past 12 years.
A&M-Commerce hires Burton as women’s basketball coach
Lion women’s basketball experienced a homecoming of sorts on April when athletics director Ryan Ivey announced Jason Burton as the eighth women’s basketball coach in program history.
Lone Oak, Caddo Mills softball players make all-state team
Two players from Lone Oak and one from Caddo Mills earned second-team honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state softball team.
Former Baylor golfers win Monster Ball golf tourney
Baylor University was well-represented at the third annual Craig Bowers Memorial Monster Ball golf tournament this weekend in Greenville.
Two teams composed of former Baylor golfers finished first and second after 36 holes at Wright Park Municipal and Oak Creek Country Club.
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