SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - The NorthEast 10 Track Meet was held at Heroes Stadium on Thursday evening and athletes had to contend with dropping temperatures and a strong, steady wind throughout. The weather limited the elite performances as constituted on the MileSplit website to just three, two by Harlan's Iyanna Webb and one by Johnson's Thomas Bucks.
Webb was her usual self, winning four individual events. She opened the meet in the triple jump and dominated the competition going 38-1.25. In the long jump, she was the only athlete to jump over 16-2 with a nice mark of 18-3.75 in a strong crosswind. After her field events, she hit the track and easily won both hurdle events. She was running with the wind in the 110 hurdles and posted a time of 15.62 and then finished off her night by winning the 300 hurdles in windy and near freezing conditions.
Bucks put his name near the top of the list of San Antonio vaulters with his performance. The sophomore had a top clearance of 12-6 last season but has been improving by leaps and bounds since last April. He went 14-6 during the indoor season and then he matched that mark on Thursday despite facing brutal conditions that included a strong crosswind.
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The boys 3200 meters featured Henok Hayele from Jefferson who has making is outdoor track and field debut after earning all-state honors in cross country in the Fall. He controlled the race right from the start and went through the mile at 4:52 and slowed down slightly in the second mile but was never challenged. He crossed the tape in 9:55.07 despite dealing with a strong wind. Johnson freshman Jayden Warner had a strong performance and finished a strong second place in 10:16.70.
Another runner on the boys side to hit the track literally running was Johnson's Tate Koch. He was third in District 28-6A last year as a freshman with a top time of 42.75 and blitzed the competition with an excellent 41.47.
Harlan's Alexis Owens was the top overall thrower at the meet. She won the shot put with a solid throw of 36-2 and then came back with a toss of 109-9 to win the discus. Both marks were close to her personal bests.
The meet ran long so the 1600 meters and the 4x400-meter relays were not competed.