STEPHENVILLE — Salado’s sprint relay foursome had a notion it might do well, but wasn’t banking on a state berth until it posted a 49.56 to finish behind only Rosebud-Lott’s 48.67 at the Region II-2A track and field meet Saturday in Stephenville.

“Coming in, we knew we had a good chance of getting at least in the top three,” said Salado’s Molly Colvin, who teamed with Taylor Atwood, Morgan Hill and Jaylee Sebek. “We had it all planned out like, ‘We’re going to cry. We’re going to jump all over each other.’ We did cry a little bit, and we’ll cry more when we see (coach Cindy Mewhinney), because she’ll be crying.”

The 800 relay was a nailbiter for the Lady Eagles, who needed Atwood to make up three places on the anchor leg to edge Marlin by eight-hundredths of a second for silver.

“Coming off the curve, I just knew I had to speed up and try to catch them if I could,” said Atwood, who teamed with Sebek, Meagan Hill and Abby Quick. “It kind of surprised me that I did. It felt like that was the fastest I’ve ever run.”

The UIL State Track Championships are May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state meet and the top third-place finisher across the state’s four regions in each event qualifies as well as a wild card.

Salado junior Ryan Simmons, who qualified for state in the discus as a freshman, will compete in both throws in Austin for the second straight year after his heave of 55-1¾ won the shot put by more than 5 feet.

“The conditions were good today, I just didn’t throw as well as I wanted,” he said. “But I think I’m more prepared for state this year. The experience will be a big help.”

His teammate Bryce Martin qualified in the pole vault.

Alex Cooke found himself in another photo finish but managed to flip the result. After finishing second by two-hundredths of a second to Eustace’s Evan Arambula in the 3,200 a day earlier, Cooke outleaned Arambula by a hundredth of a second to win the 1,600.

“Yesterday fueled me a lot, especially in that last stretch because I knew he was coming, just like yesterday,” Cooke said. “But when he was trying to pass me today, I just willed myself a little bit more than I did yesterday. It’s going to be fun at state. We’re hoping to go 1-2 there, too.”

Mize wins triple jump at Region I-3A meet

Lampasas’ Julie Mize won the triple jump by nearly a foot and a half Saturday at the Region I-3A track and field meet at Texas Tech’s Fuller Track.

Mize qualified for the state track meet after posting a winning mark of 37 feet, 2½ inches for the Lady Badgers. Andrews’ Sarah Ives was second (35-10½).

The Gatesville girls’ 400- and 1,600-meter relays finished fifth (49.77 seconds) and sixth (4:07.37), respectively. Robbie Clarke placed seventh in the 100 meters (12.88). Sarah Latham was fifth in the pole vault (10-3).

Lampasas’ Chase Birck was fifth in the 400 (51.46).

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