Harker Heights’ Darius Mitchell and Belton’s Jack Cager are among a strong contingent of area athletes that are one good performance away for a state appearance after the first day of the Region I-5A meet held on Friday.
The top eight times in the running event preliminaries will compete in the finals today where the first and second place finishers move on to Austin for the state meet.
The third place times and distances can advance if they have the best time or distance among all the other bronze finishers across the state.
Mitchell posted a time of 20.99 seconds in the boys 200-meter dash while Cager posted a time of 47.37 in the boys 400.
Heights’ JoVanna Jones qualified for finals after placing third in the girls 100 (12.17) as did Belton’s Kaylee Krenek in the girls 100 hurdles (14.52).
Krenek also qualified for the girls 300 hurdles (45.73) finals.
Killeen sprinter Devyn Williams also qualified for the 200 finals after finishing eighth (22.09).
The Lady Knights relay team will go for a shot at state in both the 400 (47.04) and 800 (1:40.82) relays.
The Killeen boys relay team had the second best 400 relay (40.99) relay time while the Knights 1600 relay (3:18.39) team also qualified for the finals.