Memorial 4x100s set high marks on first day

Published 10:17 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

HUMBLE — Port Arthur Memorial’s 4×100-meter relay teams are the ones to beat when the 5A Region III track meet winds down today at Turner Stadium.

Both the Titans’ boys and girls 4×100 units set the fastest time in qualifying heats Friday. The boys team of Ireon Brown, Kary Vincent Jr., Xavier Hull and De’Andre Angelle coasted to a 40.64-second time in the second heat, almost 0.9 faster than second-seeded Corsicana.

Youth is still serving the girls well, as sophomore Aniya Duhon and freshmen Zykirra Cabarras, Coreyanna Gorrer and Capri Wilson turned in a 47.43-second mark that just edged Humble by 0.08.

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In other relay events, Memorial is seeded third in the girls’ 4×200, boys 4×200 and boys 4×400.

Vincent, the 6A 200-meter champion from last year, is second going into today’s final. His 21.69-second run is bested only by the 21.55 of Shamon Ehiemua of Fort Bend Marshall.

Angelle hopes to give the Titans some points in the 100 meters after qualifying seventh.

On the girls side, Jacie Droddy of Port Neches-Groves is continuing her strong season by going into the 200-meter final as the third seed. Wilson is fourth in the 100, Gabrielle Gutierrez of Nederland stands sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and area champion Millicent Neveu just made the final in the 300-meter hurdles, qualifying eighth.

Two locals recorded finishes in Friday’s triple jump. Memorial senior Jamiyah Dixon was seventh in the girls division, and PNG senior Keynel McZeal wound up 13th in the boys division.

Memorial, Nederland and PNG have yet to score in the meet, which resumes today with finals in the girls discus throw, boys shot put, girls long jump, girls pole vault and boys high jump starting at 9 a.m. The girls high jump, boys long jump and boys pole vault will begin at noon.

Running finals will begin at 1:30 p.m., 2 ½ hours than originally scheduled due to the threat of rain.

— I.C. Murrell

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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