Kilgore High School’s track and field athletes that qualified for the area meet are going to have to cool their jets for an extra day.
The area meet was added by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) a couple of years ago; it’s an extra round, basically, between the district meets at the Texas high school level and the regional meets. It’s one more hurdle, no pun intended, for potential state-qualifiers to leap in order to get to the state meet in Austin next month.
Kilgore track athletes competed in the District 16-4A meet at Spring Hill High School in Longview last week, with several of them punching their ticket to the area meet. The area meet, also at Spring Hill, was supposed to begin today – as weather would have it, the meet was postponed until tomorrow, due to expected rain and possibly storms.
Field events are to begin at 10 a.m., the 3200 (two-mile) run starts at 10:30, and then running events should begin by 1:30. The top four finishers in the area events will move on to the UIL Region II finals – those are at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 26-27, and anyone who finishes in the top two at regionals will get to the state meet. That’s at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin, on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.
Among the area qualifiers for Kilgore: long-distance runners Zoe Craven and Cristina Rosas, boys 100 and 200 meter dash specialist Cameron Jackson (who ran an ultra-fast 10.50-second 100 last week at district), Chiciquita Crain in the girls 200 and the long jump; Emma Taylor in the girls 400 and 800; boys shot put guys Deundre Blanton, Calvin Woodside, Kaden Kenney, and for the girls, Mia Orange; the 400 meter relay squad of Alicia Jones, Carter Williams, Irelyn Williams and Crain; triple-jumper/ long-jumper Jamaria Thomas and pole-vaulter Gracie Clower; Shadestiny Chism in the high jump; and the boys 400 relay team of Jackson, Alex Chavez, Anthany Smith and Ken Lacy, who were second at district.