AUSTIN – Atlanta girls just needed one point in the final event (4 x 400 relay).
The Lady Rabbs scored four to win the UIL 3A Girls Track & Field State Championship, held Friday night at Michael Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
The Atlanta girls finished fifth in that final race, finishing with 54 points to edge East Bernard’s 50.
Atlanta’s girls were in a hole early, not scoring in the field events. The Rabbs soared into second place after winning the 4 x 100 relay in 48.26. Members of that gold medal group were Kitty Andrews, Jennifer Easter, Keyona Easter and Sheveonia Smith.
The title was in sight after the same four girls won the 4 x 200 relay in chilly weather conditions with a time of 1:42.64. They clinched a share of the title when Smith hurdled her way to gold in the 300s, it was a photo finish. Smith was clocked at 44.56, while Reagan Johnson of Karnes City earned silver in 44.58.
Ward earns silver for Atlanta in 1600
Obviously inspired by the Lady Rabbs’ performance, a fifth seeded Dagen Ward finished second in the 1600 meters in 4:29.29. He was the only runner to seriously challenge winner Evan Shannon of Sonora.
Atlanta’s Jacorian Fields was fifth in the triple jump at 45-4 1/4. Josh Edwards was seventh in the 110 hurdles (14.66).
Tigers’ Likins wins silver medal in 800
Texas High junior Owen Likins brought some hardware back to Texarkana with a second place finish in the 5A 800 meters. Likins was passed on the final lap by Amarillo’s Cooper Newsome, who won in 1:53.23. Likins’ time was 1:53.45,
The Tigers’ outstanding distance runner was fourth in the 1600 with a season-best 4:16.92. Aledo’s Graydon Morris won in 4:14.11.
Another area athlete to bring home a silver medal was New Boston’s Chloe Davis. She tied gold medal winner Mara Hering by clearing 5-6 in the 3A high jump, but missed her first jump of the meet, and had to settle for second place.
Hughes Springs’ Chandler King finished second in the 3A triple jump by leaping 46-5.
Logan Murray found himself in a hot field, finishing fifth in the 3A 100 with a time of 10.90. Redwater sophomore Sydney Hornbuckle was ninth in the 800 with a time of 2:21.21.