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Kerens girls win area track and field title

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Regional meet this weekend at Palestine HS

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BETHEL–The Kerens High School girls’ track and field team won the area title at the April 18 meet held at Grapeland.
Coach Greg Hazelwood’s team totaled 149 points, 48 more than second-place Cayuga. The Kerens boys, led by Augustus Moore, placed fifth out of 13 teams. The top four finishers advance to the Class 2A Region 3 meet at Palestine High School, scheduled Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.
Nakia Dunn won the triple jump with a result of 35 feet, 5.75 inches. Teammate Kecie Langley was second at 34 feet, 6 inches. Dunn also won the gold medal in the long jump with a result of 16 feet, 10 inches.
Alexius McAdams won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches. Olivia Franson won the 200-meter dash in 25.82 seconds and qualified for regionals in the long jump with a third place finish of 15 feet, 5.5 inches.
For the Kerens boys, Ja’Rod Brackens won the 200-meter dash in 22.58 seconds. TK Davis was fourth in the 400-meter dash, running 55.58 seconds. Brackens, Davis, Tre Langley and Tyler Carter won third place in the 400-meter relay in 45.15 seconds.
The boys’ 800-meter relay team of Brackens, Langley, Carter and Jason Burleson finished fourth in 1 minute, 38.11 seconds. The 1600-meter relay team of Davis, Langley, Carter and Devin Graves also finished fourth in 3 minutes, 44.12 seconds.
Davis also took fourth in the long jump at 20 feet, 6.5 inches. Da’Michael Harvey won third in the shot put, with a throw of 44 feet, 1 inch. Tyrone Bailey Jr. won fourth in the discus, with a result of 117 feet, 10 inches.
Dunn finished second in the girls’ 100-meter dash, running the final heat in 12.62 seconds. Emily Briggs won third-place in the 100 with a run of 13.21 seconds and also qualified for regionals in the 200-meter dash in 27.75 seconds.
The 400-meter relay team of Dunn, Franson, McAdams and Kaylee Reed won first place with a total time of 51.43 seconds. In the 800-meter relay, Dunn, Franson, Reed and Langley combined to win the gold medal in 1 minute, 50.24 seconds.
Reece Wright qualified for regionals in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing second in 17.68 seconds. McAdams took second in the 300-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 50.43 seconds.
Aniya Lawrence and Alice Billingsley are regional qualifiers in the discus after a respective third and fourth-place tosses of 98 feet, 6 inches and 93 feet, 8.5 inches at area.


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