By CLINT FOSTER
SANTO – The Santo Wildcats hosted the District 11-1A Track Meet last Thursday with great results for local thinclads.
The Wildcats won district, placing their boys' team first overall with 171 points, while Perrin's boys finished third with 152 points – just six points out of second place.
Both girls teams also had admirable days, as the Ladycats finished fourth with 84 points and the Lady Pirates finished fifth with 56 points.
Santo and Perrin combined to send 58 athletes to the Area Track Meet in Hico, Tuesday, which will be publicized as soon as results are reported.
Overall, the district track meet went phenomenally well for both programs, who each finished with a grand total of 13 first-place finishes per school (combining girls' and boys' results). However, Santo narrowly came away with local bragging rights, as the 'Cats advanced 30 to the area round, while Perrin sent 28.
The most decorated athlete between the two schools was Perrin's Derek Ray, who won five gold medals in each event he participated in on junior varsity.
The first of Ray's first-place finishes came in the 110-meter hurdles, which he ran in 16.97 to beat Santo's Cody Myers, who was second with 21.44.
Ray also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.85. He again beat Myers, who finished fourth in 56.02, and Santo's Bryson Gilbert, who was second with a time of 54.34.
Ray won the long jump, registering a 18-foot-5 leap, and the triple jump with a 38-foot-1.5 jump. His final gold came in the 4x400-meter relay which he won in 4:05.94 with Nathan Frye, Matt Wigington and Aidan Sims.
Chace Talley also won five medals for the Pirates, two of which were golds: in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.71 and in the 4x400-meter relay with a 3:41.27 mark. Talley ran the 4x400 with Cooper Young, James Monroe and Justin Francis.