Galveston County schools combined to bring home eight district championships at the 23-5A track and field meet held throughout last week at Hall Stadium, and several more will also be headed to the area meet coming up this week.
Ball High led the way among county teams in the gold medal count with four first-place finishes. Two of those gold medals were wrapped around the neck of Lady Tors long distance runner Dazya Mitchell, who won the 1,600-meter run (5:30.03) and 3,200-meter run (12:11.49). Lehya Williams won the district championship in the girls 100-meter hurdles (16.69), and Sam Stewart took home gold in the boys 800-meter run (2:02.72).
Santa Fe’s two gold medals both came in the pole vaulting event, with Clayton Horn (11 feet) winning the boys competition, and Caitlyn Garza (8 feet, 6 inches) claiming the girls district title.
Texas City also brought home two gold medals with Erin Garcia winning the girls high jump (5 feet) and Victoria Fontenot finishing first in the girls 800-meter run (2:25.21).
Overall, as teams, Manvel dominated the boys competition and also was the top team in the girls events. Ball High’s boys finished third, as a team, and the girls were fifth. Texas City boys were sixth in the team standings, and the Lady Stings also finished sixth. Santa Fe’s boys were seventh overall, and the girls were ninth.
In addition to the aforementioned gold medalists, each team’s other area meet (which will be held Thursday at Hall Stadium) qualifiers are as follows:
Leyha Williams — second place, girls triple jump (35 feet, 5 inches); third place, girls 300-meter hurdles (47.07); third place, girls long jump (17 feet, 4.5 inches)
Zoe Boxley — second place, girls discus (102 feet, 9 inches); fourth place, girls shot put (32 feet, 1 inch)
Kelly Carmichael — second place, boys 3,200-meter run (10:26.19); third place, boys 1,600-meter run (4:47.76)
Alejandro Salazar-Estrada — second place, boys 1,600-meter run (4:47.29); third place, boys 800-meter run (2:04.06)
Tristin McCollum — third place, boys triple jump (43 feet, 4 inches)
Zyon McCollum — third place, boys long jump (22 feet, 7 inches)
James Stevens — third place, boys high jump (5 feet, 10 inches)
Michael Welsh — third place, boys pole vault (10 feet)
Boys 4x400-meter relay team (Darian Jobe, Chris Murray, Zyon McCollum, Sam Stewart) — fourth place (3:32.21)
Jay Mann — second place, boys pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches)
Alexys Greenlaw — second place, girls pole vault (8 feet)
Ryan Pearson — fourth place, boys shot put (44 feet, 8 inches)
Jordan Collins — second place, boys 100-meter dash (11.18)
Erin Garcia — second place, girls 200-meter dash (26.20)
Da’Quan Thompson — third place, boys discus (122 feet, 1.5 inches)
Boys 4x100-meter relay (Deshawn Walton, Zach Henry, Caleb Johnson, Jordan Collins) — third place (43.22)
Boys 4x200-meter relay (Walton, Henry, Johnson, Collins) — fourth place (1:31.58)
Girls 4x100-meter relay (Victoria Fontenot, L’erique Jones, Daija Martin, Erin Garcia) — fourth place (48.69)
Girls 4x200-meter relay (Fontenot, Jones, Maya Senegal, Garcia) — fourth place (1:44.90)