COMMERCE, Texas – Liberty-Eylau’s girls have won three state championships in track. Potentially, the Lady Leopards’ 2019 squad could be the best of the bunch.
The Lady Leopards dominated the relays Saturday in the Region II-4A meet at Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium.
L-E’s girls piled up 113 points to easily outdistance runnerup Dallas Carter with 60 points. Kennedale was third with 56.
There’s more though! Liberty-Eylau’s boys won the final race (4 x 400) of the meet in a season best 3:22.63. That gold medal gave the Leopards the team title with 78 points. Melissa followed with 77, and Carter was third with 48.
Senior Keeley Norris got L-E’s girls off to a good start in the field events. She captured gold in the triple jump with a possible school record at 40-2 1/2. Norris also won the high jump by clearing 5-5, and was second in the long jump (18-4 1/2).
The L-E girls shattered the school record in the 4 x 100 (Chelsea Simmons, Danielle Thomas, Lamiah George, Laqukeisha Jeffery) with a time of 46.81. The Leopards then eclipsed the state record in the 4 x 200 (1:38.11). The Lady Leopards added icing to the cake by winning the 4 x 400 in 3:53.54.
L-E boys race to team title
Tavieon Neal, Marzavin Riles, Shayne Porche and Korbyn White got the L-E boys rolling by winning the 4 x 100 in 41.56. The same group blazed to victory in the 4 x 200 in 1:26.95.
Senior Isaiah Cross earned gold in the field events by winning the high jump with a career-best 6-5.
The Leopards did suffer some frustration in some events. Simmons clocked a career-best of 46.509 in the 300 hurdles. That was good for third place in a photo finish. Second place was 46.501.
Pleasant Grove had three entries at the meet, and they all scored.
Jazmin Hever finished sixth in the 400, while Rebecca Pickelman was fifth in the high jump. Linton Colvin was fifth in the 400 (50.38).
The top two places in each event qualify for the 4A state meet in two weeks in Austin. Individuals who finished third in an event, can qualify for state if their time or distance ranks first among the four regions.