That West Rusk Raider pride will be going strong at the state track meet.
And Sabine pride is going strong, too, after solid performances at regionals.
Track and field athletes from West Rusk High and From Sabine High completed over the weekend in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 3A Region II meet at Whitehouse High School, and there’s some folks in New London that are still celebrating tonight.
One of them is Ci-Ci (CiAunnie) Coleman, who scorched the track in the girls 100 meter dash. Ci-CI took first, a personal-best, in the 100 meter dash, winning it at regionals in a time of 12.17 seconds. And she just missed out on being a double-qualifier, just a hair over the time she needed to have made it in the 200 meter dash, as well.
Coleman will be headed to the UIL State Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, beginning May 6.
And she’s got company.
The Raiders’ boys 800 meter relay team of Ty’Mitchric (Ty) Harper, Geremiah Smith, Omarion Anthony, and Andon Mata are headed to Austin after finishing second in that event, in the time of one minute, 30.46 seconds.
And then there’s big-boy Calvin Mason. Mason did it right in the 3A boys shot put at Whitehouse, winning that thing with a best of 47 feet, 3 inches, a personal-best that won the event by an inch and a half over Pilot Point’s Caleb Holloway.
That was it for the state qualifiers from the Kilgore area from this meet, but there were some good performances by several that didn’t make the cut.
For Sabine’s girls, Addi Morris finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles (17.14 seconds, a personal-best). Aubree McCann finished seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (49.68 seconds, also a personal-best). The 800 meter relay team of Dajah Lewis, Perla Borego, Ella Roberts, and McCann finished in 4:27.94.
Continuing, Callie Sparks was seventh in the shot put (34 feet, one-quarter inch). Mercedes Willett and Trinity Brooks were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the discus (107 feet, 9 inches, a personal-best for Willett, and 105 feet, 3 inches for Brooks). Cale Brown hit for 7 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault for the Lady Cardinals, and McCann went for a school record 31 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump.
For Sabine’s boys track and field team, David Robinson ran in the 3200 (two-mile) run, although no time was given among the final results. Asher Foster set a personal-best 135 feet, 6 inches in the discus finals, missing out on a state meet berth by 3 feet, 11 inches. And Jace Burns finished with 41 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the triple jump.