Late-morning showers Wednesday led to numerous area district track meets either being delayed or postponed.
The District 8-5A meet was postponed to Thursday and Friday because of the rain that rolled through Temple about an hour before the scheduled 1 p.m. start, which was already pushed back from its original 9 a.m. start time due to weather.
“We’ve had our pits covered,” said Temple Athletic Director Mike Spradlin, who noted the decision to postpone the meet was made by the District 8-5A executive committee not Temple ISD. “We’re going to have some work to do, but we’ll be ready to go (today).”
The District 8-3A and 16-2A meets opted to postpone all field events to Thursday, but did complete running preliminaries as well as finals in the 3,200-meter run Wednesday evening.
After the one pointed event, both Salado track teams led the 16-2A meet in Lexington.
Ashley Adams and China Saxton finished 1-2 in the girls’ 3,200 for the Lady Eagles while Alex Cooke and Patrick Murray finished first and third, respectively, in the boys’ run.
Adams won in 12 minutes, 27.30 seconds and Saxton finished less than 10 seconds behind her in 12:36.98. Teammate Lizzy Cooke finished fourth (13:08.61) for the Lady Eagles, who led the team standings with 22 points.
Cameron was second with six. Cooke won the boys 3,200 in 9:58.69. Florence’s Alredo Pena placed second (10:31.07) and Murray followed him (10:34.69). Salado led the boys’ team standings with 16 points while Florence was second with eight and Cameron was third with six.
Results in the 3,200 at the District 8-3A meet in Lampasas on Wednesday were not available at press time.
Lampasas’ Luke Moncus and Gatesville’s Andraque Jones each qualified for the finals in the 110-meter and 300 hurdles. Jones (16.32) narrowly edged out Moncus (16.69) in the preliminaries for the 110 hurdles, but Moncus returned the favor in the 300 hurdles, posting a time of 41.76 to beat out Jones (42.60).
Gatesville’s Garrett Beck will also compete in the 110 hurdles, while Lemuel Galdones will represent Jones in the 300 hurdles.
Steven Jazdyk posted the field’s best time in the 100, finishing in 10.94 to beat out a pair of Hornets as Brandon Berry (11.23) and Deion Montana-Graham (11.61). The Badgers advanced a pair of sprinters into the 200 finals and three runners into the 400 finals.
Avery Gary and Gary Spencer will both compete in the 200 after posting times of 23.55 and 23.08, respectively. Chase Birck produced the fastest preliminary time in the 400 with a 53.29 to join teammates Austin Reeves (54.39) and Rickie Keese (54.58).
Gatesville’s Jake Kee (53.62) also qualified for the 400, while Tyler Nyberg (22.98) advanced in the 200 with the field’s third fastest time.
For the girls, Lampasas’ Faith Veroneau will run in the 100 hurdles (17.72) and the 200 (28.33), where she will compete against Gatesville’s Kat Cross, who qualified with a time of 26.97. A trio of Gatesville hurdlers will run against Veroneau, including Allysen Hudson (17.92), Shaley Sutton (18.06) and Randi Farney (18.33).
Lampasas sprinters Ashlyn Theus and Kalea Bridgemohan posted times of 13.52 and 13.37, respectively, to earn their spots in the 100 finals alongside Robbie Clark, of Gatesville, who posted a time of 12.87.
Sarah Latham (1:05.08) finished third in the 400 for Gatesville, and teammate Sarah Hogan (50.64) advanced in the 300 hurdles, as did Lampasas’ Danesha Toro, who ran a 52.05.
The District 8-3A and 16-2A meets conclude today. The 8-3A meet begins at 10:30 a.m. with field events and finishes with running finals beginning at 5 p.m. The 16-2A meet begins with its field events at 10 a.m. and will start running finals tonight at 5 p.m.
The District 8-5A meet starts with field events at 1 p.m. today and tomorrow at Wildcat Stadium in Temple. Running preliminaries begin at 5 p.m. today with the varsity 3,200-meter run finals following the preliminaries. Running finals will be at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Daily Herald will be posting updates from the District 8-5A and 8-3A meets throughout the day in the “From the Pressbox” blog at KDHpressbox.com.