By TONY EIERDAM
How sweet it is.
Paced by three gold-medal finishes by DaShawn Hicks and 76 points in field events, the Mineral Wells Rams scored 173 points to win the boys’ District 6-3A Track and Field Meet Friday night at the Jackie Harvey Track Complex.
The Lady Rams also had a good showing with 158 points to finish second, 18 points behind district-winner Kennedale.
The Rams also won the junior varsity meet, with Kennedale winning the girls’ JV meet.
But even more important than winning the district title, Mineral Wells High School advances 27 athletes to the “area” meet, which will be held Wednesday at Springtown.
The top four finishers at the district meet advance to the area meet in a new system in Class 3A, which has changed its post season with district and area meets being held to advance athletes to the regional meet.
At the area meet in Springtown, the top four finishers at the district meets from Districts 6-3A and 5-3A will compete for the right to advance to the regional meet.
The Region I meet will be held Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, at Fuller Track in the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
The Lady Rams and Rams fared well in the gold-medal department. DaShawn Hicks won in long jump on Thursday, and on Friday took first place in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Other MWHS athletes earning gold medals for first-place finishes included Karessa Fowler in the 3,200-meter run, Alex Pearcy in the 1,600-meter run, Sydney Shelstead in discus, Shay Douglas in shot put, Rascellis Williams in high jump and Chris Valdez in the 800-meter run.
MWHS head track coach Jackie Harvey was pleased with the amount of athletes who advanced to the area meet.
“The kids did a great job,” Harvey said. “Our goal all year long has been to win district, and we had a slow start but we worked hard and came on strong when the district meet came around. It was a big team effort.
“I think scoring all of those points in field events on Thursday was big, big, big. After field events we had a 20-30 point lead (coming into Friday night’s running finals), and that made a big difference.
“We had some surprises in field events (Hicks had not entered long jump all year), and sprint relay finishing in the top two helped a lot.
“I knew we were good enough to finish no lower than second. Our handoffs were very good.
“I feel the kids who made it out to area will get better and better as we go. We have been getting better and better each week, and we will get better on Wednesday as well.”
Fowler’s first-place finish came on Thursday at the end of the preliminary running events. Fowler took the lead before the halfway point of the first lap and never trailed.
She extended her lead to 25 meters after the second lap, and by lap six had a 60-meter lead. She won the race by approximately 85 meters.
“I didn’t care what the other runners were doing,” Fowler said. “I just ran my race. I knew at about lap four that I would probably win.
“I am satisfied with the way I am running at this point of the year, and I am pretty sure I can get to the regional meet.”
Fowler almost won the mile run, and she had the lead after two laps with teammate Pearcy a step behind. But on the second turn of the third lap Pearcy made her move and never looked back. Fowler would finish second as both advance to the area meet.
A highlight of the meet was the boys’ 100-meter dash. Rams sprinter Hicks had won the 100 in every meet he had run this season, including at the Texas Relays in Austin.
Hicks blasted out of the blocks and never looked back as he claimed the district championship in the 100, and would go on later and capture the 200-meter title.
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By TONY EIERDAM
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