Cats Hope for Top Showing at State Track
Paris High will send a small, but mighty contingent to Austin for Saturday’s Class 3A Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The Wildcats will be represented in just three events, but those athletes have posted medal-worthy times or marks in each specialty. Action gets underway at 12 noon. Unlike previous years, the 2014 state meet will not be broadcast or available over the internet.
Here is a capsule report on each PHS entry:
- Girls Discus (Nish Robins): Nish’s school record throw of 130-10 to win the Region 2 championship ranks as the third best qualifying mark behind Celine Markert of Yoakum (143-6) and Daniela Murchison of Port Isabel (131-9). Nish began throwing the disc for the first time just two months ago and has steadily increased her distance by an impressive average of 5 feet per week. Another improvement curve could put her in position for an amazing upset at state.
- Boys 4x100M Relay (Kenny Mason, Leonel Gutierrez, Za King, Josh Reynolds, alternates: Jordan Sanders & Dren Rollerson): This unit barely made it past the district level, finishing fourth and grabbing the final qualifying spot. Moving Josh from leadoff leg to anchor has made all the difference in the world. The Cats’ winning regional time of 42.51 ties Waco LeVega for the second best mark heading to Austin. Lubbock Estacado has the top time of 42.30. Paris will need crisp exchanges like the Cats showed at regionals to get the stick to Josh in position to use his long strides down the stretch. Paris has drawn lane 7 while Estacado will be in lane 4 and LaVega in lane 3. The Cats hope lane 7 proves as lucky as 2013 when the 4x200M relay team set a state Class 3A record in blowing away the field from the outside starting lane.
- Boys 200M Dash (Josh Reynolds): Josh is the only remaining member of last year’s state-champion relay. He has a good chance of winning an individual gold medal in this event where his regional-winning time of 21.28 is just 0.07 behind Leon Powell of Kennedale. Josh has drawn lane 5 for the final, while Powell will be in lane 3.