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April 29, 2013

REGIONAL TRACK: Nederland's Jared Lorimier jumps to state

HUNTSVILLE — How high can Jared Lorimier fly?

On Saturday, he jumped all the way to Austin, as the Nederland senior won the Class 4A Region III high jump with a mark of 6-foot-9 to earn a spot at the state track meet on May 10-11.

Lorimier will be joined by a number of District 20-4A faces, including a bevy of athletes from Beaumont Ozen.

Joining Lorimier in the winner’s circle for their events were and Ozen’s Tony Brown (110-meter hurdles), Ozen’s Nekia Jones (discus and shot put), Ozen’s Jakobi Jones (triple jump) and  the Ozen boys 400-meter relay.

Also earning trips to the University Interscholastic League’s state meet by finishing second in their events were Ozen’s Kaylon Sellers (triple jump), Ozen’s Bealoved Brown (200-meter dash), Ozen’s Dominique Brannon (high jump), Beaumont Central’s Landon Malbrough (high jump), Ozen’s Jones (long jump) and Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Zoe Casteel (pole vault).

The boys high jump was one of many events with multiple area athletes bunched at the top. Lorimier and Malbrough each topped 6-9 to advance to state, but Nederland’s Ashish Marediya finished fourth at 6-4.

The boys triple jump also featured a Beaumont top-heavy finish. Jakobi Jones won the event with a distance of 48-6 1/4 while Kaylon Sellers finished second at 46-8 1/4. Central’s Devwah Whaley took third, just missing a trip to state with a jump of 46-1/2.

Other winners included Nekia Jones, who took the shot put with a distance of 44-10. Jones also won the discus with a throw of 138-1, besting Richmond Foster’s Alexis Fatheree at 127-1.

Ozen’s 400-meter relay team blistered the field to take first, winning with a time of 41.12. Fort Bend Ridge Point finished second at 41.31.

Tony Brown won the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.69, besting Fort Bend Marshall’s Kendall Sheffield’s 13.97. Brown just missed the top two in the 100 dash with a time of 10.59, which was 0.05 seconds slower than Bastrop’s Antwuan Davis, who finished in 10.54.

Rounding out the Ozen team heading to state are Jakobi Jones, who took second in the long jump with a distance of 23-10 3/4.

Brannon finished just out of the top two in the 100 hurdles, taking third with a time of 14.81. Fort Bend Marshall’s Jaelin Hatton won the event in 14.52. Brannon also placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-6 and took fifth in the triple jump at 37-11.

Bealoved Brown took third in the 100 dash with a time of 12.07. She got to state in the 200 dash with a time of 24.37, just behind Bay City’s Shaniya Mitchell, who finished in 24.36. Ozen’s girls 800 relay team finished eighth with a time of 1:43.50 while Kaylon Sellers was 12th in the long jump at 20-11 1/2

Nederland’s other competitors at the regional meet were Ryan Roebuck, who finished 13th in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:13.27. Nederland’s boys 800 relay team finished seventh at 1:29.70. Sumner Ogrydziak finished seventh in the pole vault at 14-6 while Trey Richard was seventh in the long jump at 22-4 1/2.

LC-M had a host of competitors, but they all just missed a trip to Austin. Blythe Ferguson finished third in the discus with a distance of 123-11 and later finished fifth in the shot put at 38-9. On the boy’s side, LC-M’s Tyler Howlett finished third with a distance of 54 while Ethan Reed finished 12th in the discus at 134-2.

PN-G had two athletes on the girls side. Kelsey Collier finished 15th in the long jump with a distance of 16-1 while Lauren Lovejoy was fourth in the pole vault, clearing 10-6.

Other 20-4A competitors were Vidor’s Blair Richmond, who took 10th in the long jump at 17-1/2 and Lumberton’s Kayla Thomas, who finished fifth in the discus at 114-10.

Ozen’s boys finished second in the team rankings for the meet with 62 points. Humble Summer Creek’s boys won the meet with 87 points while Central and Nederland’s boys tied for 13th.

Ozen’s girls took third as a team at the meet with 52 points, behind Huntsville (60) and Houston Wheatley (68). LC-M’s girls finished 14th with 16 points while Lumberton finished 23rd and Port Neches-Groves finished 26th.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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