TEXAS CITY – Less than 24 hours after the District 24-4A track and field meet had concluded, Lady Stingarees track coach Denise Callis was still in awe with the effort her “Gang of Five” delivered against the likes of Pearland Dawson and Friendswood, each of which had far more competitors at Baytown’s Goose Creek Memorial.
The quintet of Lawren Crawford, Asa Garcia, Aerial Smith, Melicha Smith and Carmen White combined for seven gold medals as Texas City earned a second-place finish in the event.
All five Lady Stingarees advanced to the Class 4A, Region III meet at Sam Houston State on April 25-26.
“It was a great day for us,” Callis said. “I’m still in awe over what we did as a team.”
Garcia led the way for Texas City, winning gold in her trademark event, the triple jump (41’11.50) and long jump (18’7 1/2) before hitting the track to win the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.56. The senior completed her two-day performance by teaming with the two Smiths and White to win the 4x100 relay (47.44) and the 4x200 relay (1:43.90, with Crawford replacing Aerial Smith).
Melicha Smith won the 100-meter dash (12.64), while Aerial Smith captured the 200-meter dash (15.86) and 100-meter hurdles (15.86) for the Lady Stings, who totaled 80 points, but not enough to top Dawson’s 146.
“It was a very spirited competition between us, but at the end of the day, we’re still friends,” Callis said of Dawson.
Friendswood got a first-place effort in the field from Ana Martinez in the high jump (5’0), while Maggie Roher finished second in both the long jump (18’2 1/2) and triple jump (36’6). Erika Clifford advanced with second place finishes in both the 1,600-meter run (5:25.79) and 3,200-meter run (12:26.90). Emily Thornhill placed third for the Lady Mustangs in the 100-meter hurdles (16.66), while teammate Isabelle Taylor finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (51.98).
Dawson also won the boys’ event, topping the field with 178 points, yet Friendswood dominated the field events, with Garrett Cragin winning the high jump (6’7), and Karney Linch (11’) and Jacob Pollard finishing 1-2 in the pole vault. Konner Bell took home third place in the triple jump (42’1), while Stephen Henricks placed third in the discus (126’8).
Texas City’s Armanti Foreman finished second in the boys’ 100-meter dash (11.42) and third in the 200-meter dash (22.90). The Stings’ 4x100 team of Armanti and D’Onta Foreman, Carlos Frank and Donald Lynch placed second with a time of 42.63.
Friendswood’s Joseph Campbell placed second in the 1,600-meter run (4:38.69), as did Sam Baldwin in the 110-meter hurdles (17.70), with Oliver Ryan placing third in the 3,200-meter run (10:40.77). Nelson Swindler placed third in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:08.17.
Santa Fe’s Josh McKinney finished third in the 300-meter hurdles (42.30), while Galveston Ball’s 4x400 relay team of Phillip Thomas, Kai Welford, Jaleel Lewis and Drake Murphy finished third.
La Marque had a host of participants advance in the 24-3A meet, as Mike Smither (shot put), Michael Hardeman (discus) and Demetrius James (400-meters) captured gold.
Hardeman also advanced in the long jump, while the Cougars’ Aymiel Fleming (shot put and discus), Chester Nubine (long jump and triple jump), Alan Cooper (100 and 200 meters), Dequan Jones (100 meters), Ryan Hudson (800 meters), Murphy Smith (110-meter hurdles) and Tyree Mason (200 meters) advanced.
The Coogs also had their boys’ 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams move on to regionals.
All three of La Marque’s girls relay teams also advanced, along with Brandolyn Walker, who won the 24-3A crown in the 100 and 200 meters.