Varsity track titles gives Texas High eight athletic championships in a week

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Texas High’s athletic program is second to none overall this spring.

The Tigers’ varsity boys and girls won District 15-5A track and field titles Thursday night at Royse City. Counting the crowns won by the junior varsity boys and girls track teams, that makes eight team championships this week for the Tigers.

Texas High also won boys and girls championships in golf and tennis this past week.

Sulphur Springs gave the Tigers scare Thursday, but THS edged the Wildcats 133 to 129 in the boys division. The Lady Wildcats were disqualified in the 4 x 200 relay, and ended up 21 points back of the Lady Tigers’ 172 total.

The Tigers’ boys found themselves in a hole after the field events. Their best performance came from Kobe Webster, who earned silver with a 6-4 high jump.

However, the first of three gold medal efforts by Owen Likins got Texas High rolling. Likins won the 3200 meters in 10:07.87. The Tigers then won the 4 x 100 in 42.74. Likins followed with an outstanding time of 1:55.36 to win the 800.

Texas High won gold in the 4 x 200 in 1:29.54. Kendall Ried was third in the 400 (51.36), while Trakeci Cooper was third in the 300 hurdles (42.56). Webster won bronze in the 200 (22.72), and Likins completed his day win a win in the 1600 (4:30.64).

Host Royse City won the 4 x 400 in 3:25.74, with the Tigers third in 3:29.12.

Depth was difference for Lady Tigers

The Lady Tigers also failed the win in the field events, but did considerably better than the boys.

Cashlin Gooden was third in the long jump (16-3 3/4), and second in the triple jump (33-11). Teammate Ashlyn Stiger was third in the triple jump (33-9 1/2). Tramecia Batton won silver in the shot put (32-11 1/4), while Kahliyah Anderson was third in the high jump (5-0).

Texas High was a close second to Sulphur Springs in the 4 x 100 with a time of 48.98. Valeria Perez and Fezaka Barnes finished 2-3 in the 800, with Bobbie Hatchett and Gooden going 2-3 in the 100 hurdles. Kiasyia Morrison was third in the 100 meters (12.77).

Royse City won the 4 x 200, with THS second in 1:44.07. Barnes was third in the 400, and Gooden captured the silver medal in the 300 hurdles (45.77). Anderson was second in the 200 (25.85). The Tigers easily won the 4 x 400 (4:10.94).

The top four places in all events will advance to the area meet in two weeks at Pine Tree.

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