Speeding in the rain: Bulldog Relays take off as drops pound track

Published 1:50 am Saturday, February 18, 2017

NEDERLAND — Rain or shine, the 52nd Nederland Bulldog Relays were not going to be stopped.

The rain won the weather battle, but did little to deter the 16 schools that participated at Bulldog Stadium on Friday. Some events did not go off as scheduled, and some runners were held out of their events as the track just got wetter by the moment.

Others, like Port Arthur Memorial’s Capri Wilson, made their mark in the early-season event.

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Wilson won the girls’ 100 meters in 12.02 seconds, beating Maya Kelly of Central by 0.17. Memorial took the fifth and sixth places in the event.

Nederland’s Madison Ledet was second in the 800 meters, finishing 1.79 seconds behind Hamshire-Fannett’s Macie Gauthier. Cami Gonzales took fourth.

Orangefield’s Maddison Helm had a solid day in the distances. She won the 3,200 in 12:51.83 and was third in the 1,600 at 5:56.47. Carli Salinas of Port Neches-Groves was third in the 3,200.

Memorial’s 4×100 team of Aniya Duhon, Zykirra Cabarras, Coreyanna Gorrer and Wilson won their event in 48.46, beating Central by 0.8. Nederland was third.

Memorial was second to Central in the 4×200.

Nederland and PNG were second and third in the distance medley (1,200 meters, 400, 800 and 1,600 in that order). Gonzales and Cecilia Garcia of PNG tied for second in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) with Alyssa Fukuda of Bridge City and Baliee Click of Orangefield, taking the next two spots.

Jamiyah Dixon of Memorial had a 34-foot triple jump to win that event by 7 inches over Jayla Harris of West Brook. Gabrielle Gutierrez of Nederland came in third, with Fukuda fourth and Nederland’s Meg Sheppard fifth.

Nederland took three of the top six spots in the boys’ 100 dash. Kevon Latulas was the fastest of the three with a 10.71-second run.

Connor Thompson won the 200 meters (23.25), with teammates Ryan Anderson and Latulas third and fourth.

JaQuan Francois and Tyvonne Allen gave Memorial a 1-2 finish in the 800 (2:05.42 and 2:06.05). The Titans took the top three spots in the long jump, with Martavian Barnes jumping 22 feet, 6 inches, J’Koven Celestine 22-5 and Xavier Hull 21-4.5.

Alec Torres of Nederland won the pole vault (13-6), while the Bulldogs took the fourth and fifth places. PNG’s Austin Jones was third.

Joseph Gallatine of Nederland was third in the discus throw.

Barbers Hill won both team championships. The BH girls had 104 1/3 points, beating Central by 18. Memorial was third with 68, and Nederland took fourth with 65.

In boys, BH had a 146-101 edge over West Brook. Nederland was third with 82, followed by Central with 58 and Memorial with 46.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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