Josh Canete is going back to state.
After failing to place at last year’s UIL Class 6A Track & Field State Meet, the Copperas Cove high jumper earned a second opportunity during last weekend’s Region I-6A Meet at Arlington.
The senior cleared 6 feet, 6 inches to win the regional championship and qualify for the upcoming state meet.
The top two finishers in each event advanced to the Class 6A state meet May 12-13 at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Canete was the lone athlete from Copperas Cove to qualify, but teammate Kyle Stifflemire came close. The sophomore pole vaulter cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to place fourth in the event.
In the 800-meter run, Bulldawgs seniors Reginald Mouton (2:11.66) and Dahmir Pearson (2:12.68) crossed the finish line consecutively, finshing 14th and 15th, respectively, while senior Eric Cain capped off his career with a time of 10.89 in the 100 preliminaries.
For the Lady Bulldawgs, senior Amber Boyd finished seventh in the 800 (2:23.16) and 11th in the 1,600 (5:23.60). Additionally, she joined teammates Anayah Copeland, Talia Kinslow and Imari Neal to produce a seventh-place time of 4:05.88 in the 1,600 relay.
Sophomore high jumper Aidan Chace delivered a leap of 5-4 to place fifth.
The Lady Bulldawgs season came to a close last weekend as Duncanville produced a first-round sweep to end the program’s fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
On the heels of an five-error showing in a 10-2 loss to the Lady Panthers in the series opener, Copperas Cove committed six errors in Game 2 and could not recover, losing 9-1.
The Lady Bulldawgs allowed a run to score in the bottom of the first inning, but they responded in the third as pitcher Elana Montanez’s double scored teammate Madalyn Scribner, who reached base on a catcher’s interference call.
But the tie was immediately broken in the bottom half of the inning, when Duncanville exploded for five runs on four hits to take complete control of the contest.
The Lady Panthers added another run in the fourth inning before recording their final two runs in the sixth.