Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

May 14, 2013

Shelstead earns silver medal in discus at 3A state track meet


AUSTIN – Mineral Wells senior thrower Sydney Shelstead earned a silver medal in girls’ discus for a second-place finish Saturday at the Class 3A Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

Shelstead, who qualified for the state meet as the top third-place finishers from all four regional meets, had a mark of 131 feet, five feet. Celine Markert of Yoakum won girls’ discus with a mark of 136 feet, two inches.

Shelstead was one of two MWHS athletes competing at the state meet. Mineral Wells junior sprinter DaShawn Hicks, plagued with bad luck since the regional meet when he injured his hamstring in the 200-meter dash, was charged with a false start Saturday night in the boys’ 100-meter dash and was disqualified.

Shelstead opened with a throw of 126 feet, four inches, and on her third throw had her high mark.

“Sydney threw very well,” Mineral Wells head coach Jackie Harvey said. “She kind of redeemed herself from the regional meet.

“She was the best thrower in the field going into the regional meet, but she finished third and qualified for state as the best third-place finishers.

“But she beat those two girls at state and came close to wining it all. Of her six throws, she had five outstanding throws. She had a tremendous day, and it was a good way to finish in her last meet of her senior year.”

Harvey commented on why Shelstead, who earned several gold medals this season, is so successful.

“She is a good athlete and good competitor,” he said. “That is what sets her apart from the rest of them.”

Hicks had won every 100-meter race he had entered this season, including a first-place finish with  time of 10.31 at the Region I meet.

But at that same meet he pulled up while leading the 200-meter dash when he felt his hamstring tighten up.

Hicks received treatments on the leg the last two weeks and was going to wait until the state 100-meter dash before testing the leg with hard sprinting, resting the leg until the moment he needed it.

Unfortunately, he will never know if the leg would have held up. Jay Bradford of Splendora won the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 10.49.

“I have never had a runner DQ at the state level, and I am so disappointed for DaShawn,” Harvey said. “I have had that happen before at a regional meet, but never at state.

“When I saw the false start it was a letdown because he had such a great year, and it ends on a bad note.

“I feel bad for him because he worked so hard, and he worked hard to rehabilitate his hamstring the last two weeks.

“We will never know if his hamstring would have held up. But one reason for the false start was that every runner in the 100 knows he has to get out fast because he is running against eight other fast runners.

“I guess the best news is that he is a junior, he has another shot, and even after that he will have a great career ahead of him.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Lady Rams draw Graham in first round playoff series

    The regular season is in the rearview mirror and, as head coach David Tarver expected, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams will play a best-of-three series with the Graham Lady Blues to start the Class 3A, Region 1 and 3 softball playoffs.

    April 24, 2014 1 Link

  • Rams Champs.JPG Champs!

    With the score tied at four and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tuesday night at Pratt Field, sophomore McCain Mason stepped up to bat with the bases loaded.

    April 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • 2014 Santo Regional golf pic.jpeg Santo girls place eighth at regional golf tourney

    BAIRD – The Santo Ladycats golf team ended their season on a positive note last week, battling the elements to play some of their best golf of the season en route to an eighth place finish at the Region 2-1A Tournament at Shady Oaks Golf Course in Baird.


    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graford Track: two 'Rabbits race to regionals

    TRENT – The Graford boys and girls track teams were in action, Thursday, at the area track meet in Trent, where two Jackrabbits qualified to advance to the regional round in two different events.

    April 23, 2014

  • Rams earn district championship with 5-4 walkoff win over Castleberry on senior night

    For the third time in the past four years, the Mineral Wells Rams are district champions.

    April 22, 2014

  • Kiss short.JPG Rams host Castleberry with first place at stake

    It all comes down to this. The Mineral Wells Rams' district championship dreams rest on their final District 6-3A game against the Castleberry Lions.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildcats still in the hunt

    SANTO – The Santo Wildcats baseball team took a major step toward a possible district championship, Saturday, when they handed the Albany Lions their first district loss of the season in a 13-5 victory.

    April 22, 2014

  • MW golf seasons end at regionals

    LUBBOCK – The District 6-3A champion Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams golf teams saw their seasons come to an untimely end last week at the Region 1-3A tournaments on Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock. 

    April 22, 2014

  • Braxton pitch Kenn.JPG How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain. After besting Kennedale for the first time in over a decade on their home field in the last week of March, the Rams (16-10, 7-2) swept their season series with the vaunted Wildcats, earning a 6-2 win in front of a home crowd, Friday night, to once again put themselves alone atop the District 6-3A standings with one game left to play. 

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Allie Kenn.JPG Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    The Lady Rams wanted this one. Bad. But despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away from a district championship, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read