Cion Hicks is headed back to Austin for the UIL State Track championships in one event at least.

The Shoemaker senior, who’s signed with Baylor, won the discus, her premier event, Thursday at the Region I-5A track and field meet at Texas Tech.

Hicks’ throw of 158 feet, 8 inches was more than 20 feet farther than Kiarra Simpson’s mark of 137-5 that won silver. Belton’s Bekah Alcozer just missed pointing, finishing seventh with a throw of 127-4. Temple’s Natane Haywood placed 10th (116-8).

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the state track meet May 10-11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The top third-place finisher across the state’s four regions in each event will also qualify for the state meet as a wild card.

Hicks will compete in the shot put today at 9 a.m. She placed second in the both the shot and discus at the state meet last year.

Copperas Cove’s Cory Scott placed second in the high jump, competing in just his third track meet this season.

The senior, who matched his own school record with a 7-0 jump at the District 8-5A two weeks ago in his first meet of the season, posted a 6-10 Friday, finishing behind Arlington Bowie’s Natron Gipson who cleared 6-11. Shoemaker senior Quasan Hill finished third (6-6).

Belton’s Wolf Mahler, who is signed with the University of Texas as a decathlete, placed third in the pole vault (15-6). Paulo Benavidas from El Paso Franklin won the event with a vault of 16-3, three inches higher than runner-up Noah Norsky (16-0) from Amarillo Tascosa.

Mahler also qualified in three events for today’s running finals, which begin at 2:30 p.m. The Belton senior had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400 meters (48.66), behind El Paso Montwood’s Javier Reyes, and the fourth-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.37). He also leads off the Tigers’ 1,600 relay, which had the second-fastest qualifying time (3:18.39). Mahler’s teammate Kyle Battle also qualified for the finals in the 400 (7th, 49.48).

Shoemaker’s Hill is one of three area runners to make the finals in the 200 meters. Hill ran the fastest time of the three (21.57) and the second-fastest overall. Shoemaker teammate Taron Lloyd (21.63) and Harker Heights’ Darius Mitchell (21.77) had the third- and fifth-fastest qualifying times, respectively. Mitchell also qualifid in the 100 (5th, 10.93).

In addition, Hill anchors the Grey Wolves’ 800-meter relay team, which like their 400-meter relay, qualified for the finals with the fastest time.

Also qualifying for today’s running finals were the Harker Heights girls 400 and 800 relay teams, Belton’s Kaylee Krenek in the 100 hurdles (3rd, 14.81) and Killeen’s Bryant Farmer in the 300 hurdles (5th, 39.03).


Friday; At Fuller Track, in Lubbock


Team standings — 1, DeSoto, 18. 2, El Paso Franklin, 16. 3, Keller, 14. 4, Southlake Carroll, 12. 5 (tie), Arlington Bowie, Mansfield Timberview, Lewisville Hebron, 10. Also: 8 (tie), Copperas Cove, 8. 11 (tie), Shoemaker, Belton, 6.

Pole vault — 1, Paulo Benavides, El Paso Franklin, 16-3. 2, Noah Zorsky, Amarillo Tascosa, 16-0. 3, Wolf Mahler, Belton, 15-6. 4, Jacob Zalesky, Timber Creek, 15-6. 5, Gabe McAdams, Keller, 15-6. 6, Jason Walker, San Angelo Central, 15-0.

Shot put — 1, Luke Young, Keller, 56-8. 2, Josh Gay, DeSoto, 54-11. 3, Armani Smith, Mansfield Timberview, 54-1½. 4,  Anthony Pullins, Cedar Hill, 53-0½. 5, Alan Cauntiz, Grapevine, 52-2½. 6, Josh Hunter, Abilene, 51-8½.

High jump — 1, Natron Gipson, Arlington Bowie, 6-11. 2, Cory Scott, Copperas Cove, 6-10. 3, Quasan Hill, Shoemaker, 6-6. 4, Branden Perry, Mansfield Timberview, 6-6. 5, DeVaughnn Coleman, Abilene, 6-4. 6, Andre Collins, El Paso Coronado, 6-4. Also: 13, Edward Sayers, Shoemaker, 6-0.

Triple jump — 1, Dominique Drayden, DeSoto, 48-4.25. 2, Joseph Johnson, Midlothian, 48-2.25. 3, Chris Jefferson, South Grand Prairie, 47-10.5. 4, Tobenna Attah, Irving, 47-2.75. 5, Michael Franco, Permian, 46-1.5. 6, J.R. Omigie, Arlington Martin, 45-7½.

3,200 — 1, Robert Domanic, Lewisville Hebron, 9:04.70. 2, Trevor Gilley, Southlake Carroll, 9:05.01. 3, Brian Barraza, El Paso Franklin, 9:05.24. 4, Joe Sansone, Southlake Carroll, 9:09.86. 5, Austen Dalquist, Keller, 9:30.98. 6, Ryan Saenz, El Paso Eastwood, 9:36.62. Also: 13, Cameron Woodberry, Copperas Cove, 10:06.06. 15, Joseph Galvan, Harker Heights, 10:30.95.


Team standings — 1, Justin Northwest, 18. 2, DeSoto, 16. 3, Mansfield Timberview, 12. 4 (tie), Southlake Carroll, Shoemaker, Lewisville Hebron, 10.

Discus — 1, Cion Hicks, Shoemaker, 158-8. 2, Kiarra Simpson, Justin Northwest, 137-5. 3, Adrienne Lewis, DeSoto, 133-11. 4, Hope Lopez, Odessa, 133-7. 5, Sharea Sutton, Amarillo Tascosa, 130-6. 6, Rosangelica Moncada, Abilene Cooper, 128-2. Also: 7, Bekah Alcozer, Belton, 127-4. 10, Natane Haywood, Temple, 116-8.

Long jump — 1, Anna Robinson, DeSoto, 19-4. 2, Kelsey Johnson, Mansfield Timberview, 18-11.5. 3, Adeola Akomolafe, El Paso El Dorado, 18-8.75. 4, Brianna Lawrence, Mansfield Timberview, 18-4.75. 5 Natalie Poynter, Waco Midway, 17-11.75. 6, Paige Lawrence, Arlington Bowie, 17-10.5.

3,200 — 1, Kellee McCann, Justin Northwest, 10:41.05. 2, Rachel Jones, Lewisville Hebron, 10:42.33. 3, Courtney Kriegshauser, Southlake Carroll, 10:45.72. 4, Shelby Chapin, Southlake Carroll, 10:52.33. 5, Megan Montgomery, Lewisville Hebron, 10:57.72. 6, Jocelyn Caro, El Paso Socorro, 11:10.43. Also: 13, Lauren Reynells, Harker Heights, 12:14.03. 15, Charlotte Fleming, Harker Heights, 12:29.18. 16, Fabiola Andujar, Copperas Cove, 12:31.82.

Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562

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