By Grant Lengefeld


Hamilton High School will have 24 athletes competing in 22 events at the area track meet next Monday in Jacksboro following dominant performances this past Monday at the District 10-2A meet in Meridian.

Both the varsity and junior varsity girls earned team championships in Meridian. Maddy Mehaffey led the varsity Lady Dogs and was the second highest point earner with 32 points scored behind only Hico’s Shelby Polk who finished the night with 37.

As a team, the Lady Dogs posted 161 points, trailed by Hico (120), De Leon (114), Goldthwaite (78), Santo (70), Meridian (53) and Ranger (16). The JV Lady Bulldogs tallied 157 team points to best Meridian (115), Hico (90), Goldthwaite (82), De Leon (41), Santo (39) and Ranger (23).

Mehaffey qualified for the area track meet with first place district finishes in the 400-meter run, the 800-meter run and the triple jump, and she was joined by teammates Sawyer Wright, Abbey Hale and Macie Parrish for a fourth placed qualifying run in the 4x400 meter relay.

Hale earned 17 points for the Lady Dogs, also placing first in the pole vault and second in the 4x200 meter relay. Parrish earned additional tickets to area as a member of Hamilton’s runner-up 4x200 meter relay and with a second placed finish in the high jump.

Joining Hale and Parrish on the silver medal 4x200 meter relay team were Bailey Armstrong and Hannah Harbin. Armstrong was the third highest point earner for the Lady Dogs with 15, and she will be competing in the 200-meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay in Jacksboro after placing second and third in the respective events.

Harbin too was a member of Hamilton’s third placed 4x100 meter relay along with Rachel Denman and Kyndall Ingram. Ingram qualified for area with a third overall placement in the long jump.

Kamryn Hope will be competing in two events next Monday after placing second in the 1600-meter run and fourth in the 3200 meters. Jordan Luker placed fourth in the 200-meter dash to join Armstrong in the event next Monday.

Other Lady Bulldogs traveling to Jacksboro next week after qualifying performances in field events include Kirsten Niemann, Brianna Hill, Kali Stroud, Sydney English and Morgan Mehaffey.

Niemann and Hill owned the shot-put rink, placing first and fourth respectively. Stroud won third place in the discus. English took fourth in the high jump, and Morgan Mehaffey will join her sister, Maddy, in Jacksboro with a second placed district finish in the pole vault behind Hale.

Overall, the Lady Bulldogs will be sending 15 athletes to the area track meet to compete in 14 events. On the boys’ side, Hamilton will have nine boys competing in eight events next week. The varsity Bulldogs tied for fourth with Hico as a team with 80 points behind De Leon (147), Santo (109) and Goldthwaite (82). The Dogs and Tigers finished ahead of Meridian (73) and Ranger (43).

Austin Sherman marched to a district gold medal in the pole vault competition, and Hamilton’s 4x200 meter relay team including Luis Najera, Areban Bullard, Blake Pettit and Jakob Walton qualified for area with a fourth placed finish.

Pettit also qualified for area with a silver medal performance in the triple jump, and Najera punched his ticket, placing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Mason Limmer will be competing in two events after earning fourth placed finishes in both the 110-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Will Bridgwater also will be competing in two events after placing second in the discus and fourth in the shot-put.

Justin Long will be joining Bridgwater, finishing third in the district discus competition, and Eric Eilers leaped to a third placed finish in the high jump to join his team next Monday in Jacksboro.

Hamilton’s JV Bulldogs showed promise on Monday as well, earning team silver with 129 points behind De Leon (186) and ahead of Meridian (113), Goldthwaite (72), Santo (41), Hico (25) and Ranger (8). Isaac Jarrell led the young Dogs with district wins in both the shot-put and the discuss.

Jacob King and James Young rounded out the Bulldog sweep in the shot-put, grabbing silver and bronze respectively. Other JV medal earners included Kye Underwood with a gold medal in the 100-meter dash, Christian Dolloff with first and second placed finishes in the 3200 and 1600-meter runs respectively, Luis Perez earning silver in the 3200-meter run, Brad Surley taking third in the 1600-meter run and Caleb Niemann earning bronze in the long jump.

Blain Bankston, Stephen Hewitt, Denver Poe and Underwood also reached the medal stand in both the 4x100 and the 4x200 meter relays with third and second placed finishes respectively. Emily Benton led the JV Lady Dogs’ district championship charge, leading all athletes with 41 points scored including first placed finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump and by placing second in both the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump.

Benton was also on the gold medal 4x200 meter relay team along with Faith Lane, Liliana Ramirez and Kayelynn Sadler. Ramirez also earned gold in the 100-meter dash, and was joined by Lane, Sadler and Robbey Beineman in earning silver in the 4x100 meter relay. Sadler too reached the podium with a bronze medal finish in the 200-meter dash.

Scoring 22 points for the young Lady Dogs and ranking fourth overall at the JV district track meet, Jaileigh McDonald won gold in the 800-meter run and bronze in both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs. McDonald’s teammate, Camryn Massingill, earned silver in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs.

Also earning individual medals for the JV Lady Dogs on Monday in Meridian were Kristina Ramirez with a second placed finish in the shot-put and Lane with a bronze medal performance in the triple jump. For many, the 2018 track season is complete.

For 24 HHS athletes, the run to Austin has just begun, beginning in Jacksboro next Monday.         

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