SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - The Reagan
boys and girls track teams took care of business at the District 28-6A meet on
Wednesday and Thursday at Heroes Stadium as both teams earned the championship
In the girls meet, the Rattlers had to fend off a talented Brandeis group to earn their seventh straight district title. The 16 points that Reagan picked up in the 300m hurdles from Isabella Dagrosa and Morgan Schlueter effectively clinched the meet. Dagrosa won the race in style rocketing to a time of 42.35 which set a new District 28-6A meet record.
The girls meet opened on Wednesday morning with Brandeis senior Jadelyn Malesich taking home the 3200m title in 11:26.81. It was the first 2-mile race she has run all year and was only a second off the district FAT record. It was the beginning of a great meet for Malesich as she also won the 800m in 2:18.56 and took third in the 1600m losing to teammate Mikaela Garza who set a new meet record of 5:12.90. Garza also took third in the 3200m while Jadeyn Perez of Clark nabbed second in both long distance events.
The rest of Wednesday was for running prelims and field events. The discus saw LEE's Madison Wright take top honors with a toss of 114-11 and Churchill's Macey Brown was second with a throw of 111-3. In the shot put, Churchill senior Karmyn Vann had a personal record throw of 36-11.25 to get her first place.
The jumping events saw some outstanding performances. Reagan's Mackenzie Dagrosa and teammate Aryiel Sherman went 1-2 in the high jump with Dagrosa clearing 5-6. In the long jump it was Isabella Dagrosa taking first with a leap of 18-9.75 while Brandeis' Alyssa Rodriguez was a hair behind her at 18-8.25. Reagan's Kayla Beach rounded out the 18-foot jumpers with a mark of 18-0.5. Rodriguez followed up her runner-up finish in the long jump with a victory in the triple jump. She hit 38-5.25 for the win. Londyn Hall of Madison followed up a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a runner-up spot in the triple jump with a leap of 37-9.25.
The last field event of the meet was the pole vault. Daniell Cantu of Johnson cleared a personal best of 12-6 to win the event and she just missed the meet record of 12-7.
Thursday opened with the 4x100m relay and the Rattlers got off to a strong start by winning the race in 47.69 behind the team of Kiana Douglas, Nnenna Opara, Romina Reyes and Beach. Douglas and Reyes took the top two spots in the 100m with each setting season bests of 12.37 and 12.48, respectively. In the 100m hurdles, Isabella Dagrosa notched another victory and Beach was the runner-up giving Reagan a lot of points through the first few sprint events. Douglas, Reyes, Opara and Beach kept the Rattlers rolling with a win in the 4x200m relay. Despite falling behind at the first handoff, the team rallied to win in 1:42.74.
After the sprint relays, it was the 400m girls on the track next. Mackenzie Dagrosa and Joie Zink of Reagan went 1-2 with Dagrosa breaking the District FAT record by finishing in 56.54. Zink ran well in 58.36 and in third place it was Maggie Mizell of Churchill who also broke 60 seconds. Earlier in the day, Mizell took the runner-up spot in the 800m with a time of 2:20.78. After the 300m hurdles, it was back to the 200m where Madisun Sparks of Johnson won with a strong finish in 25.63 after taking third in the 100m.
The final event of the meet was the 4x400m relay and the Rattlers capped off their team title with a dominant win in the relay. The two Dagrosa's, Zink and Opara finished in 3:56.02, more than 12 seconds ahead of second place Brandeis. Isabella Dagrosa finished the meet with three individual and one relay gold medal for a total of 35 points.
In the boys meet, Reagan faced a stiff challenge from Brandeis, but they were able to hold off the Broncos for the team title. The two teams combined for 16 of the 17 event wins in the meet.
On Wednesday, Brandeis dominated the victory stand. The meet opened with Hayden Scott of Brandeis winning the 3200m in a comfortable 9:33.84. His closest competitors were Kanalu Wong and Luke Munoz of Reagan who each broke 9:50. Scott claimed the overall distance crown when he won the 1600m on Thursday in 4:16.56, ahead of another strong Reagan distance runner, Gavin Chapa who ran a 4:20.65.
In the throwing events, Rafe Clendenin of Brandeis was king. He won the shot put with a throw of 51-5 in the morning and followed that up by setting a meet record in the discus in the afternoon, 180-8. Despite Clendenin winning the discus, the Rattlers scored more points in the event as Hurst Tyler, Ryan Ramirez and Hector Ucha took third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Lokey Aguero-Munoz of Brandeis put on an amazing performance in the jumps and accumulated the most points of anyone in the meet, 40. He opened his meet by winning the high jump with a personal best of 6-4. Next, he slid over to the long jump where he won with a leap of 22-3.5. He finished off the day by outdueling Johnson's Ty Hawkins in the triple jump. Hawkins held an early lead in the event, but Aguero-Munoz bounded out to 46-5 on his fifth attempt to take the title. Hawkins, competing in his first meet of the year, took second with a distance of 44-7.75. Reagan's Robbie Booker nabbed third place with a personal record of 43-10.
On Thursday, the first event was the boys pole vault. Reagan's Sam Abati and Johnson's Thomas Bucks matched clearance for clearance until Bucks went out at 15-0. Abati cleared 15-10 and then gave two strong efforts at 16-0.25 as he went for the District meet record.
Abati's win got the Rattlers started on the right foot on Thursday. The 4x100m relay team of Ikenna Opara, Jayden Bagley, Grant Williams and Joshua Torres rolled to victory in 41.41 breaking the District FAT record. The Roosevelt squad of Brennan Carroll, Dontay Seay, Wesley Hall and Dillion Coleman also ran well with a second-place finish of 41.98.
The boys 800m may have been the best race of the meet. Reagan sent out three top guys in Wong, Chapa and Rafa Hakim while Brandeis had Ethan Malesich. Early in the race there was a lot of traffic for all four runners to get through, but eventually it came down to Malesich making a strong move on the back stretch of the second lap to take control of the race. He crossed the tape in 1:54.49 while Wong (1:54.96), Chapa (1:55.02) and Hakim (1:55.91) were right behind him. Malesich would add a third-place finish in the 1600m.
Following the 800m came the 110m hurdles where Madison freshman Jordan Clay pulled off an upset victory in 14.81. It was the only event win by an athlete that was not from Brandeis or Reagan. He nipped Brandeis' James Voss in a photo finish.
Reagan's Ikenna Opara dominated the sprint events. He won the 100m in 10.86 and the 200m in 21.87. His teammate, Jayden Bagley, bounced back from a disappointment in the long jump to take second in the 100m with a season best of 11.06. The 200m saw another Reagan runner take second place, Grant Williams, while Aguero-Munoz capped off his outstanding meet performance with a third-place finish.
Bagley, Torres, Williams and Jadon Johnston teamed up to give Reagan the win in the 4x200m relay. They posted a time of 1:28.09. Once again, it was the Roosevelt team in second place. The 400m had a very close finish with Reagan's Carnell Weatherspoon holding off Churchill's Alejandro Rosales. Rosales went from sixth to second in the last 30 meters and finished in 51.01, just 0.03 seconds behind Weatherspoon.
The 300m hurdles featured a brilliant race by Liam Lecavalier of Reagan. He blasted out first to the first hurdle and kept it going en route to winning in 38.41. Voss nabbed his second runner-up hurdle finish of the day with a personal record time of 40.37. Reagan's Derek Davisson took third place in both hurdle races.
Reagan capped off their team title with a win in the 4x400m relay. Torres, Weatherspoon, Johnston and Lecavalier brought home the gold medal in 3:22.57.
The team results for the girls ended up as the following: Reagan (191 points), Brandeis (160), Johnson (102), Churchill (58), Madison (36), Marshall (23), Clark (22), LEE (20) and Roosevelt (8).The boys results finished as Reagan (218), Brandeis (160), Roosevelt (73), Johnson (63), Churchill (59), Madison (24), Clark (16), LEE (6) and Marshall (1).