Lions, Lady Lions take big strides at District meet
By LPR Staff
Several Varsity Lions and Lady Lions earned their stripes as regional qualifiers last week during the District 27-4A Track and Field Meet at Canyon High School.
Although team standings did not bring Lockhart’s teams any higher than fifth place, several district champions and runners-up emerged at both the Varsity a
nd Junior Varsity level, allowing the Lions and Lady Lions to field teams at this weekend’s Regional Qualifiers, in hopes of advancing to the Regional Finals in San Antonio on May 2-3.
The Varsity Lions earned a fifth place overall finish, and will be sending six athletes to Regionals. Of those six, four earned the title of “District Champion.”
Lion Dettrick Reed hit a mark of 19’11 in the long jump, earning first place in district.
Also on the field, Jordan Huckaby struck gold with a 51’00” throw of the shot.
On the track, Joseph Bell earned his championship and a bid to regionals with a 15.1-second finish in the 110-meter hurdles, while distance runner Nate Moore scored a victory with a 1:58.9 time in the 800-meter run.
Bell also qualified for the regional meet with a third-place performance in the discus, with a final mark of 146’10”
Chris Jackson qualified in the 100-meter dash, finishing the race third in 11.9 seconds.
Bell teamed with Reed, Juan Lopez and Jackson for a third-place qualifying finish in the 4×400-meter relay, completing the course in 46 seconds.
The Lions earned points toward their 78-point team total in several other events, as well.
Moore finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run, completing the course in 4:25.5. The relay team of Michael Kerr, Reed, Jackson and Lopez also placed fourth, narrowly missing regional qualifications with a 1:41.1 time in the 800-meter relay.
Dillan Windham placed fifth in the pole vault, making a mark of 13’06”.
Brandon Pleasant placed sixth in the triple jump, with a distance of 40’08”, and Huckaby placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 142’03”.
The 1,600-meter relay team comprised of Kerr, Robert Uhr, Mitchell McRee and Sebastian Lamas also placed sixth, finishing the course in 3:40.0.
The Lady Lions earned four passes to the regionals en route to their sixth place team finish.
Thrower Gabby Galvan led her team on the field, earning second place in both the discus and the shot. Galvan hit a mark of 37’10” with the shot put, and threw the discus 134’10.”
Isis Johnson earned a second place finish and a regional bid on the track, placing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.03 seconds.
Chelsea Jones will also compete at the regional level after a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash, with a final time of 13.6 seconds.
In team competition, the Lady Lions placed sixth, amassing 55 points.
Ana Galvan contributed to that score on the field, placing fourth in the discus with a throw of 97’01”, while Essence Thompson hit a mark of 16’01” in the long jump to place fifth.
Runner Olivia Smith made contributions on the track, placing fourth in the 800-meter run (2:03.0) and sixth in 400-meter run (1:03.1).
The Lady Lion relay teams also performed well, missing advancement to regionals but competing well enough to earn points for the team.
The 4×400-meter team (Johnson, Jones, Lauren Schuelke and Alexandria Carter) placed fourth with a total time of 50.9.
Shiletha Akens teamed with Carter, Johnson and Samantha Cowan in the 800-meter relay to place sixth in 1:48.0.
Trena Lorett, Cowan, Smith and Akens placed fifth in the 1,600-meter relay.
The JV Lions brought home one district championship and a sixth place team finish with 36 points.
Samuel Post led the way for his team, earning first in the 800-meter run with a final time of 2:08.0. Post also ran the 400-meter in 54.6 to earn fifth.
Nicholas Avey placed second in the 3,200-meter run, logging a final time of 10:47. he finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:52.5, behind teammate Eli Spring, who earned second place in the 1,600 with a final time of 4:49.3.
The 4×1,600-meter relay team, Erik Moreno, Joseph Hefner, Post and Xavier Espinosa, placed fifth with a total time of 3;55.0.
The 4×400-meter team comprised of Marcus Johnson, Jeremy Gonzales, Abel Estrada and Juan Marchan placed sixth in 46.01 seconds.
A small contingent of JV Lady Lions also performed well, earning 29 points, a sixth place team finish and one district championship.
Chanti Cypers was a leader on the track, striking gold in the 100-meter dash and logging a final time of 13.9 seconds. She also finished second in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 28.7.
Jenny Saad placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a finish time of 6:25.3, and placed fourth in the 3,200-meter in 13:20.
Jaclyn Young completed the 100-meter dash in 14.5 seconds to place sixth.
The 800-meter relay team consisting of Alexis Hurst, Young, Holly Nelson an Kristian Hawkins placed sixth with a total race time of 2:00.0.
In the 4×400-meter relay, the team of Nelson, Young, Hawkins and Cypher also placed sixth, finishing the course in 56.1 seconds.
Those athletes advancing in competition are scheduled to perform at the Regional Qualifiers on Saturday, April 23. The Regional Finals will be held at San Antonio Alamo Stadium on Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3.
Watch future editions of the Post-Register or visit us online at www.post-register.com to follow LHS Track and Field as the season winds down.