Mineral Wells Index
By CLINT FOSTER
SPRINGTOWN – The Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School orchestrated a strong showing at the District 6-3A Track Meet in Springtown's Porcupine Stadium, last Wednesday and Thursday.
Not only did both varsity teams finish in the top three of their respective competitions, but Mineral Wells also saw a grand total of 26 athletes qualify to advance to the Area Track Meet, also in Springtown, this Wednesday.
Both the Rams and Lady Rams also combined for seven first place finishes and 21 trips to the podium.
The Lady Rams' varsity was the team to toast, finishing second overall with 153 points.
Six of Mineral Wells' seven gold medal winners were Lady Rams. Alex Pearcy came away with the most first-place finishes with three. She won the 800 meters and 1600 meters in 2:33.7 and 5:48.44, respectively.
Behind her was Yesenia Martinez, who finished third in the 800 with 2:38.67 and fourth in the 1600 with 5:58.45. Karessa Fowler also competed in the 1600, crossing the finish line second with a time of 5:49.28.
Pearcy's final gold came in the 4x400-meter relay, which she ran with Katlyn and Raeann Rivera and Kylie Burke. The four girls posted a time of 4:13.01, which is sure to be competitive at the area meet.
Also finishing first in other events were Valerie Lord, Raeann Rivera and Burke.
Burke won the 400-meter dash in 1:03.97, beating teammate Katlyn Rivera, who came in sixth with a 1:07.99 mark.
Raeann Rivera was the victor in the 100-meter hurdles, running away from the competition with in 16.29 seconds. Also placing was sixth-place Makayla Cantu with 19.57.
Lord's win came in the pole vault, where she catapulted herself 6 feet and 6 inches into the air. Her flop beat out Katlyn Rivera, who came in second with a 6-foot vault.
Raeann Rivera also qualified for areas in the 300-meter hurdles, where she finished third in 51.05.
Also advancing to the area meet are Kera Harrison in the shot put – third place, 32-foot-7.5 – Makayla Nance in the discus – second place, 111-foot-6 – and the Lady Rams' 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay teams.
In the 4x100, Burke, Aeris Carter-Smith, Talley Goldston and Brooklyn Lovern came in fourth with 54.01. Carter-Smith, Goldston and Lovern combined again with Peyton Malone to finish fourth in the 4x200 in 1:56.04.
On the boys' side, the Rams finished third with 124 total points and plenty of story lines.
The Rams' lone first-place finisher was Kelly Williams, who won the triple jump with a distance of 41-foot-2.5 to dethrone Mineral Wells' usual triple jump aficionado, Biren Clardy. Clardy was third in that event, with a 39-foot-3 jump.
In his return to the track after an injury suffered during basketball season, Dashawn Hicks captured second in the 100-meter dash in just 10.91 seconds to advance to the area meet.
Another of Mineral Wells' thinclad staples dealing with nagging injuries, Rascellis Williams, competed in his bread-and-butter event: the high jump. Despite usually finishing head and shoulders above the competition, literally, Williams was second at district with a six-foot leap.
Clardy, who essentially tied Williams' 6-foot jump, was placed fourth and Kelly Williams came in fifth with an elevation of 5-foot-6.
Clardy also qualified for district in the long jump, finishing second with a 21-foot-1.75 leap. Kelly Williams finished sixth in that event with a 19-foot-4.75 jump.
The Rams saw all three of their relay teams qualify for the area round with two fourth-place finishes and one third-place finish.
The team of Roy Edla, Zechariah Stanton, Omery Trevino and Jordan Duckett posted both fourth-place finishes in the 4x100-meter relay with 45.22 and the 4x200-meter relay with 1:33.94.
Stanton and Trevino joined Elijah Jefferson and Juvaree Sutton on the 4x400-meter relay team to finish third in 3:36.39.
Sutton also qualified for the area meet in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles, finishing second in both with times of 15.33 and 41.56, respectively. Kelly Williams finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.11 and Jorey Plyler fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.05.
Also qualifying for areas were Preston Brooks and Keith Stafford in the 1600 meters. Brooks finished second in 5:03.15 and Stafford was fourth with 5:10.04.
On junior varsity, the Rams also finished third with 75 points and two first-place finishers. Javier Lopez won the 800 meters in 2:22.8 and Mark Glover won the high jump with a 5-foot-10 jump.
Mineral Wells athletes also posted the following additional finishes at the district meet.
• 110-meter hurdles – sixth – Jorey Plyler – 17.63.
• 300-meter hurdles – sixth – Kelly Williams – 46.66.
• Pole vault: fifth – Jared Lord – 10-foot-6.
• 100 meters: fifth – Talley Goldston – 13.41; sixth – Peyton Malone – 13.70.
• 200 meters: fifth – Brooklyn Lovern – 28.27.
• Triple jump: sixth – Kylie Burke – 32 feet.
• Shot put: sixth – Natalie Ragland – 30-foot-1.
• High jump: sixth – Brooklyn Lovern – 4-foot-6.
• 100 meters: third – Johnny Morales – 11.70; fifth – Cameron Weiss – 11.76.
• 200 meters: sixth – Trent Guinn – 25.77.
• 400 meters: fifth – Conner Jacobson – 1:03.25.
• 1600 meters: second – Javier Lopez – 5:29.53.
• 4x100-meter relay: third – Cameron Weiss, Johnny Morales, Patrick Carraway and Trent Guinn – 47.51.
• 4x200-meter relay: third – Cameron Weiss, Johnny Morales, Patrick Carraway and Trent Guinn – 1:41.7.
• Long jump: fifth – Cameron Weiss – 16-foot-10.5; sixth – Patrick Carraway – 16 feet.
• High jump: third – Trent Guinn – 5-foot-8.
• Shot put: sixth – Jerome Johnson – 35-foot-11.5.
• Triple jump: fifth – Cameron Weiss – 28-foot-4.75.
• 200 meters: fifth – Krista Burns – 30.36.
• 400 meters: fourth – Kaylee Curtin – 1:11.96.
• 4x100-meter relay: third – Ana Rodriguez, Erin McGuire, Kaylee Curtin and Krista Burns – 57.08.
• 4x400-meter relay: third – Kaylee Curtin, Erin Mcguire, Esmeralda Turcios and Ana Rodriguez – 5:01.62.
• Discus: third – Adrianna Rousseau – 74 feet.