At a loaded field of track and field athletes from across the state, multiple Galveston County athletes shined brightly at the TSU Relays, hosted by Texas Southern University on Saturday.

Dickinson’s jumpers had top performances at the TSU Relays, with Essence Thomas claiming first place in the girls triple jump (39 feet, 7.25 inches) and fourth place in the girls long jump (18 feet, 10 inches), and Koi Johnson bringing home a pair of silver medals in the girls long jump (19 feet, 0.5 inches) and in the girls triple jump (39 feet, 1 inch).

On the boys side for the Gators, Chris Welch took second place in the triple jump (45 feet, 3 inches).

Clear Falls was led by an excellent performance by Christopher Rainey, who took second place in both the boys 100-meter dash (10.50) and boys 200-meter dash (21.61). The Knights were solid in the boys pole vault with a fifth-place finish by Blaine Hall (12 feet, 6 inches) and a sixth place finish by Mason Bray (12 feet), as well as in the shot put with a fifth-place finish by Will Broadus (50 feet, 1.25 inches).

Clear Springs’ girls had strong showings at the event, led by Amber Klesel (10 feet, 6 inches) edging out teammate Ashley Villanueva (10 feet 6 inches) for first place in the pole vault, a fourth-place finish by Naomi Taylor in the 100-meter hurdles (13.91), and a fifth-place finish by Sarah White in the 200-meter dash (25.04).

Rounding out the top showings for county athletes is the Texas City girls sprint medley relay team of L’erique Jones, Erin Garcia, Maya Senegal and Victoria Fontenot, which finished the event in fifth place (4:30.52).

James LaCombe is the sports editor of the Galveston County Daily News. He can be reached at

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