Bailey dominates 800m, 1600m at Lockhart Invitational meet
By Miles Smith
Running your invitational track meet on March 15 rather than early April has its disadvantages – perhaps most notably a chance of blustery, chilly weather.
Temperatures hovered around 50 during the Lockhart Invitational, where a steady wind had people in the stands seeking the comfort of blankets, parkas and knit caps, but it didn’t affect the performance of River Bailey, who iced the competition in both the 800-meter run and 1600-meter run.
Bailey cruised to a first place finish in the 800, where he finished just a second ahead of San Marcos senior Anthony Lopez with a time of 1:59.37, according to race results posted on MileSplitTx.
In the 1600, Bailey took first place ahead of Jaden Tumale of Hays Buda, running a mile in 4:28.48. Noteable finishers in that race included fellow Lions David Mendez-Serrato, who took third, Johnny Castanon, who finished fifth, and Leonardo Sandoval, who took seventh.
Noteworthy finishes by Lions varsity runners at the Lockhart Invitational included:
Boys 100m: Daetron Ellison, seventh place
Boys 200m: Adam Romero, eighth place
Boys 400m: Justin Woodworth, third place
Boys 800m: Belton Andress, seventh place
Boys 3200m: David Mendez-Serrato, first place; Henry Gomez, third place; Leonardo Sandoval, fourth place
Boys 4X200 relay: Lockhart, second place
Boys triple jump: Adam Romero, sixth place
Boys pole vault: Darius Spruell, first place
Girls 100m: Starash Fletcher-Shoals, fifth
Girls 400m: Jasmyne Bell, sixth place
Girls 1600m: Kessler Bailey, third place; Megan Wheeler, fourth place; Marissa Cerventas, fifth place
Girls 3200m: Marissa Cerventas, second; Megan Wheeler, third; Charisma Magallanez, fourth
Girls 100m hurdles: Denisse Rodriguez, fifth; Amanda Gamboa, seventh
Girls 300m hurdles: Layla Chambers, fourth; Denisse Rodriguez, fifth
Girls 4X100: Lockhart, second place
Girls long jump: Starash Fletcher-Shoals, third; Jasmyne Bell, seventh
Girls triple jump: Landis Moorhead, third
Girls discus: Jenna Lloyd, third
Girls shot put: April Coleman, fourth