Jordan Brock is one step closer to state.

Gatesville’s senior runner won a pair of gold medals at Wednesday’s area meet, propelling her into the upcoming Region III-4A Meet, where she will attempt to earn a fourth consecutive trip to state.

Facing the best from District 17 and District 18, Brock won the 400-meter dash in 57.88 seconds and was first in the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:16.82. Last year, she emerged from the state meet with a bronze medal in the 800.

Brock will not be the only Gatesville athlete competing at Huntsville when the regional meet begins April 28.

Katrina Thoms also qualified for two events, placing third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 with times of 5:47.82 and 12:24.40, respectively, while teammate Katelyn Brown was fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.18).

The top four finishers in each event advance to regionals, where the top two finishers move on to state.

In field events, Stormy Crum cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to place fourth in the high jump, and Jordan Morse was fourth in the pole vault (8-6).

As a team, Gatesville finished sixth with 49 points, while Lorena (135) easily claimed the championship, beating second-place Fairfield by 55 points. Madisonville (77), La Vega (70) and Palestine (55) rounded out the top five.

In the boys competition, Hornets junior Derrick Bayer delivered the team’s strongest showing, narrowly missing out on advancing in three events.

Bayer won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.77 and placed fifth in both the 300 hurdles (42.09) and the high jump (5-10).

He will be competing against a teammate for the regional title in the 110 hurdles after Jalun Taylor also qualified, finishing third (15.62).

Sam Jackson and Aaron Barrientes will also represent the Hornets in a pair of field events.

Jackson, a senior, posted a heave of 44-3 in the shot put to place fourth, while Barrientes cleared 11-6 for fourth place in the pole vault.

La Vega (113) edged out Waco Connally by one point for the team championship, and China Spring was third with 82 points.

Gatesville finished eighth overall with 29 points.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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