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April 30, 2013

Hicks wins 100 to qualify for state; Shelstead also earns trip to Austin


LUBBOCK – Mineral Wells junior sprinter DaShawn Hicks and senior thrower Sydney Shelstead each qualified for the state meet in Austin after their respective performances Saturday at the Region I Track and Field meet at Fuller Track at Texas Tech.

Hicks continued his dominance in the boys’ 100-meter dash. Coming into the regional meet he had won the 100 in every meet he entered, including the Texas Relays, and Saturday was no different.

Hicks raced to a winning time of 10.51 to qualify for the state meet, if he is able to get healthy. Later in the meet, Hicks pulled up and grabbed his leg in the 200-meter dash and did not finish. MWHS head track coach Jackie Harvey said Hicks has two weeks to get healthy for the state meet, and could not comment on Hicks’ status for competing at the state meet. The Class 3A 100-meter dash at the state meet will be Saturday, May 11.

“It is too early to tell,” Harvey said. “There was not a knot on his leg and that is a good sign. He will be sore for awhile.

“He felt it tighten up in the 200 so he decided to go down immediately so he would not risk further damage.”

Harvey said he is excited to get two athletes qualified for the state meet.

“It is real exciting, and it is exciting for the kids,” he said. “They put in a lot of hard work this year. Our goal is always to get someone out to state, and this year we have two.

“It’s always a good season when you get someone out to state.”

It was nearly four. In UIL regional track competition, the top two finishers in each event are guaranteed a spot at the state meet. But also, the top third-place finisher in each event from all four regional meets also qualify for state.

That is how Shelstead qualified in girls’ discus. Her toss 126 feet, 11 inches was third best in Region I, but was also the top third-place mark in the state.

But two other MWHS athletes – Taylor Parkhill in girls’ pole vault and Rascellis Williams in boys’ high jump – each placed third in their respective events but did not have the best third-place finishes in the state.

Parkhill set a school record with a mark of 10 feet, nine inches, which was a foot and three inches better than she has finished all year. Her mark also set a school record as well as a personal best.

Harvey said the big improvement came with a minor adjustment.

“We just changed her pole,” Harvey said. “But it was more than just that. Taylor simply put it all together at this meet. I knew she could clear 10 feet, and she did better than that. She had a good meet.”

Williams placed third with a mark of six feet, three inches.

“Rascellis also had an outstanding meet,” Harvey said. “He is just a sophomore so he has two more chances at qualifying for the state meet.”

The only MWHS relay team that qualified for the regional meet was the boys’ sprint relay team of Zach Stanton, Juvaree Sutton, Kyle West and Hicks.

The quartet ran a time of 43.32 to place sixth.


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