PORT ARTHUR — The Memorial Titans had a few secrets entering the running finals of the District 21-5A Track and Field meet Thursday night … so secret, in fact, that even Head Coach Darrell Granger was surprised.
The boys 400-meter relay team came away with a second-place finish, just a tenth of a second off first-place Galena Park North Shore, leaving Granger happily shrugging his shoulders.
“They surprised me,” he said. “This is one of the best performances by our guys this season. This was the result of a lot of hard work at practice and everyone dedicating themselves to improving all through the year.”
The Titans boys and girls both finished with second-place team trophies, sending them to the Class 5A Area Round where they will challenge the best athletes from District 22-5A for the right to advance to the regional meet. North Shore’s boys and girls took first place in Thursday’s 21-5A meet.
The Titans boys picked up first-place wins in the 300 meter hurdles when Jammil Peeples outpaced the field for a 38.17-second time while John Leday took the gold in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.94 seconds. The Titan’s relay team of Shaq Angelle, Jalen Barnes, Corey Dauphine and Leday grabbed the silver in the 400-meter race. Peeples, Leday, Barnes and Dauphine took second in the 800-meter relay, while Angelle, Dauphine, Xavier Chatman and Phillip Cole won second in the 1,600-meter relay.
Memorial’s girls came away with a big win in the 400-meter relay with Ry’yon Bruton, Courtney McKinney, Dy’mond Smith and Chasity Attaway taking the gold over Beaumont West Brook’s team. The team of Bruton, Smith, McKinney and Chakayli Gilbert won the 800-meter relay silver, while Gilbert, Jasmine Hill, Nyla Simmons, and Laquisha Bowens grabbed second-place in the 1,600-meter relay.