Texas High boys, girls qualify for region in a combined 15 events at Pine Tree

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LONGVIEW, Texas – There was not a dominant team in Thursday’s Region II-5A Track & Field Championships at Pine Tree High School.

Texas High’s girls finished third, but only 10 points out of first place with 86. The Lady Tigers qualified for region in nine events, including all three relay races.

The Tigers’ boys place fifth in the team competition with 62 points, only five points out of third, and 16 from first place. They qualified in six events for the regional meet next week.

If there was an individual standout at the meet, it was Texas High distance runner Owen Likins. He scored 30 of the Tigers’ points with gold medal performances in the 3200, 1600 and 800 meter races.

Likins ran away from the field in all three events on the Pine Tree oval. He won the 3200 in 9:36.36. Second place was nearly 34 seconds behind him. Likins prevailed in the 1600 with a time of 4:25.37, eight seconds better than second. He cruised in the 800, crossing the finish line in 1:58.53.

Marquavius Fisher was the only other individual to qualify, placing fourth in the high jump (6-2).

Texas High won bronze medals in both the 4×100 (42.2) and 4×200 (1:28.63). Kelvin Jackson, Kobe Webster, Collius Zachary and Seth Willis made up the 4×100 team. Mason Jones replaced Willis in the 4×200.

Hurdlers led Lady Tigers’ charge

Hurdlers Bobbie Hatchett and Cashlin Gooden took home silver medals. Hatchett was second in the 100 race with a time of 14.93. Gooden was the runnerup in the 300 at 46.78.

Other individual qualifiers included Fezaka Barnes, who captured bronze in the 800 (2:32.87). Barnes qualified fourth in the 400 (1:02.08). Kahliyah Anderson was fourth in the 200 (25.66). Ashlyn Stiger narrowly missed a medal in the triple jump, clearing 35-5 1/4.

Unique McBride, Anderson, Kiyonna Redmon and Abbigael Baier was second in the 4×100 (48.75). Amiyah Rone and Quartney Walker teamed with McBride and Anderson to place fourth in the 4×200 (1:45.63).

The Lady Tigers were celebrating after a gold medal effort in the 4×400. Barnes, Emerald King, Gooden and Jaycee Kennedy prevailed in 4:10.02.

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