Mikhaila Barnett could not be beat.
The Lometa junior won every event she competed in at last week’s District 28-1A, Division II meet at Jonesboro, earning five gold medals and multiple berths in the upcoming area meet, while helping the Lady Hornets finish second as a team.
Barnett claimed first place in the 200-meter dash (28.01 seconds), 400 (1:05.04), long jump (15 feet, 7¾ inches), high jump (5-0) while joining teammates Maclinta Alaniz, Angela Arellano and Alissa Tobias to win the 400 relay (55.86).
Although Barnett stole the show, she was not the only Lady Hornet to emerge with district gold.
Defending state champion thrower Tricia Williams earned a pair of first-place finishes, winning the discus (130-2) and the shot put (44-4), while Arellano claimed a victory in the 800 with a time of 2:49.53.
With the strong showings, the quintet advances to Wednesday’s area meet at Lampasas along with qualifiers from District 27-1A, Division II. The top four finishers in each event at the district meet compete at area, where the top four finishers then advance to the regional meet later this month.
Alaniz also qualified in the 100, producing a second-place time of 14.21, while Arellano’s fourth-place finish in the 200 (30.37) earned her a berth at area.
Evant easily won the district championship, scoring 223 points to beat the Lady Hornets, who finished with 102 points. Jonesboro (80), Cranfills Gap (79) and Oglesby (41) rounded out the standings.
For the Hornets, R.J. Haggard delivered the most impressive showing, winning two gold medals and advancing to area in five events to help Lometa win the district championship.
Along with teammates Reid Moore, Ivan Jasso and Kyle Molter, the junior won gold in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:53.42, while also finishing first in the long jump (19-3½). Additionally, Haggard placed second in the high jump (5-8), third in the 100 (12.28), and was part of Lometa’s fourth-place 800 relay team along with Willie Kemp, Justus Alaniz and Jasso, recording a time of 1:39.70.
Molter claimed gold in both hurdling events, winning the 110 hurdles in 19.53 and the 300 hurdles in 44.44, while teammate Gunner Bradley swept the throwing events with distances of 48-8¼ and 128-11 in the shot put and discus, respectively.
Lometa earned the team title by nearly 30 points, finishing with 173 points to beat host Jonesboro (145).
Evant was the only other team to top 100 points, delivering 102, while Oglesby (82) placed fourth and Cranfills Gap (58) followed in the standings.
Connell Barnett also had a big day for the Hornets, winning the high jump by clearing 5-10 to go along with a third-place showing in the 800 (2:26.94) and finishing fourth in the 1,600 (6:10.75).
In addition to advancing in the 800 relay, Alaniz qualified for area in several other events, placing second in the 100 (12.09) and third in the 200 (24.22) and high jump (5-6).
Moore will also compete in multiple events at area after finishing third in the 400 with a time of 56.80 and placing fourth in the 3,200 (14:27).
Furthermore, David Franco was second in the 1,600 (5:57.06), fourth in the 800 (2:38.25) and was part of the Hornets’ fourth-place 400 relay team that finished in 49.83, joining Ty Pauly, Kemp and Josh Casturita, who was fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.23).
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