Top 4 athletes advance to April 17 area meet at Grapeland
BETHEL–Kerens High School’s varsity track and field teams each won the District 19-2A championship at Cayuga High School, during April 3-4 competition. The Kerens girls have won seven consecutive district titles, while the boys have won two in a row.
The Kerens varsity girls won the district championship with a total of 221 points, besting second-place Cayuga by 65 points. The varsity boys took the title with 152 overall points, outpacing second-place Frost by four points. Kerens athletes who finished in the top four move on to the area track and field meet, scheduled Wednesday, April 17 at Grapeland High School.
The Kerens junior varsity track and field teams also did well at the district meet, with the girls winning the district title with 176.5 points, outdistancing second-place Frost by 48.5 overall points, and the boys team finishing second in overall points to Frost, 127 to 123.5.
For the Kerens varsity girls, Nakia Dunn won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.49 seconds in the final heat (the times used in the remainder of this story), and teammate Emily Briggs was third, running in 13.24 seconds. Triniti Hataway came in sixth place with a time of 13.96 seconds.
Olivia Franson won the gold medal in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 25.81 seconds. Briggs was third in 27.81 seconds and Kaylee Reed placed fourth with 29.12 seconds.
In the 400-meter dash, Daisy Quinn qualified for the area meet with a second-place run in 1 minute, 5.22 seconds, as did her teammate, Tina Tolliver, who finished third in the 400 in 1 minute, 5.5 seconds. In the 800-meter run, Jaycee Kitchens finished in second place, qualifying for area with a time of 2 minutes, 49.84 seconds.
Reece Wright won first place in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.02 seconds, followed by Laura Williams of Kerens in third place at 19.24 seconds. Alexius McAdams won the 300-meter hurdles in 50.62 seconds, followed by Wright in second place at 54.42 seconds. Williams was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles at 58.8 seconds.
The Kerens girls’ 4x100-meter relay team also won the gold medal in 51.91 seconds, comprised of Reed, McAdams, Franson and Dunn. The 4x200-meter relay team of Hataway, Franson, Reed and Dunn won the gold in 1 minute, 48.96 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Briggs, Tolliver, Quinn and Kecie Langley finished second with a time of 4 minutes, 26.56 seconds. Dunn won the district title in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9.75 inches, and Franson finished second, jumping 16 feet, 1.5 inches.
Aniya Lawrence qualified for the area meet in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 6 inches. Alice Billingsley also placed in the shot put, taking sixth at 27 feet, 8.5 inches. Lawrence also advanced to area in the discus, taking second place at 91 feet, 2.25 inches, as did Billingsley’s fourth-place throw of 79 feet, 11.75 inches.
Dunn racked up yet another gold medal in the triple jump, totaling 35 feet, 1 inch. Langley was second at 32 feet, 8.25 inches and Wright advanced to area with a fourth-place triple jump of 31 feet, 1.25 inches. McAdams and Langley also advanced to the area meet in the high jump, finishing in second and third place, respectively.
For the Kerens varsity boys, the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams each won the district title. The 400-meter relay team consisted of Bray Carter, Tyler Carter, TK Davis and Tre Langley, who ran to gold in 44.72 seconds. The 800-meter relay team that included Bray Carter, Ja’Rod Brackens, Tre Langley and Devin Graves won their race in 1 minute, 36.22 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Langley, Davis, Tyler Carter and Jason Burleson took second place with a run of 3 minutes, 46.03 seconds.
Brackens won the 200-meter dash in 22.69 seconds, with Graves finishing fourth and advancing to area in 24.5 seconds. Burleson placed fifth in 24.75 seconds. Davis was second in the 400-meter dash, running in 53.63 seconds. Tyler Carter was sixth at 57.32 seconds.
Joshua Delgado placed second in the 800-meter run at 2 minutes, 22.12 seconds, followed by Keeton Dunn in third place at 2 minutes, 22.35 seconds.
Davis also won a gold medal in the long jump at 20 feet, 7.25 inches and goes to the area meet in the high jump after finishing fourth with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. Bray Carter also qualified for area with a long jump of 18 feet, 3.5 inches. Burleson placed sixth in the long jump at 18 feet, one-half inch.
Da’Michael Harvey was the district champion in the shot put, with a throw of 45 feet, 11 inches. Tyrone Bailey Jr. finished fifth in the shot put with a launch of 39 feet, one-half inch. Harvey and Bailey also qualified for area in the discus, with Harvey’s second-place throw of 112 feet, 2.25 inches, and Bailey’s third-place throw of 107 feet, 5 inches.