By TONY EIERDAM
Mineral Wells head track coach Jackie Harvey felt in order for the Lady Rams to win the District 6-3A Track and Field Meet they would have to score big points in field events.
After the first half of the meet, the Lady Rams are in good shape as field events wound down by mid Thursday afternoon in a meet that was delayed a day due to severe weather in the area Wednesday morning.
The running finals of the meet will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Jackie Harvey Track Complex.
This year Class 3A has a new format in advancing competitors to the regional meet. The top four finishers in district competition will advance to the “area” meet.
District’s 5-3A and 6-3A will meet at Springtown on Wednesday (see the Tuesday Index for the area meet schedule) in the area meet, where the top four finishers in each event will advance to the regional meet April 26-27 in Lubbock.
The Lady Rams scored big points when discus thrower Sydney Volstead, shot putter Shay Douglas and pole vaulter Taylor Parkhill each earned gold medals.
Shelstead’s throw of 129 feet, 10 inches won girls’ discus, and Douglas’s toss of 35 feet, six inches won shot put. Shelstead threw 34 feet, 11 inches to earn a silver medal in shot put which added big points as well. It was the first meet Shelstead had thrown the shot.
“We needed Sydney to score us some more points, so we tried her at shot,” MWHS throwing coach Sean Harvey said. “She gave us more than we expected.”
Parkhill had a vault of nine feet, six inches to win pole vault.
Sean Harvey said the trio have been some of the hardest workers on the girls’ track team.
“Shay is very talented, and she comes out every day and works,” Harvey said. “It’s the same with Taylor and Sydney.
“But Shay is a pleasure to be around and to work with, and she is also very coachable. She also is tough. She threw (Thursday) with a high ankle sprain.
“Sydney had the lead by four inches in the finals, but Shay stepped up and popped a good throw to win it.
“What makes Sydney so good at discus is her footwork,” Harvey continued. “She also has big hands which helps tremendously in that event. She also has good balance.
“I think she has a great chance next week to advance to the regional meet. But the best news is we scored a lot of points for the girls’ team (in the first half of the meet).
“(Discus thrower) Natalie Ragland and Kera Harrison (who placed fourth in shot put) have also helped us out in throws.
“All of these girls are good girls and fun to coach.”
Parkhill will also help the Lady Rams out today as she will run in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Parkhill has placed high in both events in recent meets.
The Rams hope to score big points in relays. The sprint relay team won the Springtown meet a few weeks ago and feel they can compete for gold today.
But the big story of the meet could be the boys’ 100-meter dash. Rams junior DaShawn Hicks has won the 100 in every meet he has entered in this season, including the Texas Relays.
“I am not sure if DaShawn is the fastest man in the district, but he has the fastest time of any of the district teams we have run against excluding Kennedale coming into the meet,” Jackie Harvey said.
“We have not run against Kennedale this year. It should be an interesting race.”
Parkhill, Douglas, Shelstead each earn gold medals at 6-3A track meet
By TONY EIERDAM
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