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May 9, 2014

Area athletes eye medals at state meet

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.

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