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TRACK AND FIELD: Memorial, Mid-Countians rack up district field wins


Morgan Luke of Nederland takes off for her succesful 9-foot pole vault during the District 21-5A meet Wednesday at Barbers Hill. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 4-10-19

Jacie Droddy of PNG lands in the pit during the long jump Wednesday in the District 21-5A meet at Barbers Hill. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 4-10-19

Alex Ned of Memorial performs a triple jump during Wednesday’s competition in the District 21-5A meet at Barbers Hill. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 4-10-19

At Barbers Hill ISD, Mont Belvieu

Through field events

(NOTE: Team scores are unavailable)



Discus throw — 1. Durham Avant, Barbers Hill, 143-6; 2. Tre’Vonte Caine, Memorial, 136-5.5; 3. Aaron Sims, Cleveland, 131-4; 4. DaSean Somersall, Nederland, 128-10.5

High jump — 1. Josh Guidry, Barbers Hill, 6-2; 2. Landin Jackson, Memorial, 6-0; 3. Jessie Cornell, Memorial, 5-10 (0 misses); 4. A.J. Warby, Barbers Hill, 5-10 (1 miss)

Long jump — 1. Landin Jackson, Memorial, 21-9; 2. James Ward, Memorial, 21-5; 3. Canden Grogan, Barbers Hill, 21-0.5; 4. De’Jaunte Conner, PNG, 20-11.5

Pole vault — 1. Sebastian Garcia, Barbers Hill, 13-6; 2. Ethan Engrissei, Barbers Hill, 13-0; 3. Jacob Smith, PNG, 11-6; 4. Hunter Allen, Cleveland, 10-0

Shot put — 1. Tre’Vonte Caines, Memorial, 50-6.5; 2. Kristopher Ross, Memorial, 48-10; 3. Jaylen Garth, PNG, 46-10.5; 4. Durham Avant, Barbers Hill, 45-0

Triple jump — 1. Alex Ned, Memorial, 43-10.25; 2. Joshua Wright, Vidor, 42-3.5; 3. Canden Grogan, Barbers Hill, 42-2; 4. Tavian Gipson, Memorial, 41-6.5



Discus throw — 1. Alyssa Thomas, Barbers Hill, 108-1.5; 2. Hannah Hickey, Nederland, 103-7; 3. Maya Flax, Memorial, 101-2.5; 4. Rachel Young, Barbers Hill, 95-6

High jump — 1. Meagan Mayfield, Barbers Hill, 5-4; 2. Alexa Gayden, Barbers Hill, 5-0 (0 misses); tie-3. Rylee Bolser, Nederland, 5-0 (1 miss); tie-3. Cami Gonzales, Nederland, 5-0 (1 miss)

Long jump — 1. Jacie Droddy, PNG, 17-7.25; 2. Destinie Jeane, Nederland, 16-1.5; 3. Kyra Allen, Cleveland, 15-11.5; 4. Ke’Asia Hall, Nederland, 15-10

Pole vault — 1. Morgan Luke, Nederland, 9-6; 2. Chriseline Quirante, Vidor, 9-6; 3. Jaden Montoya, Barbers Hill, 7-0 (0 misses); 4. Jaidyn Green, Vidor, 7-0 (1 miss)

Shot put — 1. Maya Flax, Memorial, 36-0.75; 2. Alliece Semien, Barbers Hill, 34-6; 3. Kayla Bayardo, Nederland, 32-3; 4. Iyanna Brannon, Memorial, 32-2.5

Triple jump — 1. Ke’Asia Hall, Nederland, 36-1; 2. Sanaria Butler, PNG, 35-11; 3. Destinie Jeane, Nederland, 35-8.5; 4. Meagan Mayfield, Barbers Hill, 35-6

**CORRECTS final standings in girls long jump**


MONT BELVIEU — Two of Memorial’s young guns, sophomore Tre’Vonte Caines and freshman Kristopher Ross, have been the guys to beat in the shot put this season.

It was only fitting the two would take the top two spots in the District 21-5A event. While Ross’ 53 feet, 2 inches, from an earlier meet is still best in the Golden Triangle, Wednesday was Caines’ day to repeat as district champion.

He doesn’t mind any competition Ross gives him.

“It’s helped me a lot, pushing me more and more each week to get better,” Caines said.

Caines threw 50 feet, 6.5 inches, on a windy day at Barbers Hill’s Eagle Stadium, beating Ross’ 48-10. Caines, the 2018 22-5A champion, was among four Memorial athletes to win field events on the first of the two-day meet.

Alex Ned won the triple jump at 43-10.25, Landin Jackson took the long jump at 21-9, beating teammate James Ward by 4 inches, and Maya Flax won the girls shot put at 36-0.75.

“At first, I was a little hectic about it,” Flax said. “At first, I threw a 33. Then I was with coach [Kevin] Henry. He looked at me, and I knew I had to get out there and do better. So, I threw a 36, and that made me feel way better about myself. So, I’ve gotta keep going and keep pushing.”

Caines’ formula for winning another district gold medal was simple.

“Lot of practice, hard work, staying humble and doing what your coach told you from day one,” Caines said.

A pair of Mid-County athletes also won Wednesday. Port Neches-Groves senior Jacie Droddy, as expected, took care of business in the long jump, but the Texas A&M signee was hoping for better than a winning 17-7.25.

“I can only go up from here, but I still have a lot of work to do,” said Droddy, who set a personal best 19-3.25 last year in 22-5A. “I haven’t been getting height on my jumps, so that’s probably a big thing, and then probably not putting so much pressure on myself, so I need to work on not doing that.”

Destinie Jeane of Nederland took second at 16-1.5.

Nederland junior Morgan Luke returned to the top of the district stand in the pole vault. The 2017 22-5A champion, who was third last year, won a fierce battle with Vidor’s Chriseline Quirante, as both cleared 9-6 with one miss each, but Luke had no misses at 9-0 (Quirante missed once).

“There was a lot of pressure,” Luke said. “I just had to keep my head right and focus not on what [Quirante was] doing but on myself.”

She also drew lessons from a pair of recent pole vault standouts at Nederland, 2018 seniors Kevon Latulas and Alec Torres.

“I just watched them and try to mimic what they do, hopefully to get as high as them and just try my best,” Luke said.

Bulldogs freshman Ke’Asia Hall was victorious in the triple jump at 36-1, beating PNG’s Sanaria Butler by 2 inches. Kayla Bayardo of Nederland was third.

Jackson, a junior, said dominating the field events was key for Memorial, last year’s 22-5A team champion. Host Barbers Hill won the 21-5A title last year.

“I really think it’s very great because we came here and did what we had to do, focused and took our time,” Jackson said. “We came out victorious for right now.”

Ned made a triple jump that was more than 1.5 feet better than second-place Joshua Wright of Vidor. He said getting his second phase of the jump was key in improving from a third-place result in districts last year.

“… Really helping my second phase, get out further and get in the pit more,” Ned said. “With the triple jump, you have to use more energy. You have to get in the pit further. It’s a whole 20 inches more.”

Running preliminaries were held later Wednesday in all events except the 3,200-meter run, which was a final. The other finals will be held Thursday starting at 6 p.m. with the girls 400-meter dash and is expected to conclude by 8:30 p.m.

I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews

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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