District 25/26 5A and 27/28 4A Area Recaps

NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS - The District 25/26 5A and District 27/28 4A Area meets were held on Wednesday at Canyon HS were held on Wednesday at Canyon High School and it was a beautiful day that saw a plethora of outstanding performances. According to the tx.milesplit.com results there were 92 elite performances. The team champions were the Fredericksburg girls and Davenport boys in 4A and the Smithson Valley girls and Boerne Champion boys in 5A. Smithson Valley was the one champion that did not win their District meet.

With the prevailing South Texas wind coming from the South it was nice to see that the meet officials turned the short sprints and hurdles around to give the athletes a chance to run with the wind.

Top Girls

In the 100m, there were a total of five girls who broke 12.20, including two under 12.00, Seguin's Daisha Shular (11.58) and Boerne Champion's Vanesa Gonzalez (11.84). The 100m hurdles had three girls under 15 seconds including locals Cameran Whiting of Fredericksburg (14.66) and Zada Zimmerman of Smithson Valley (14.70). Whiting also won the 4A 300m hurdles in 46.58. Gonzales and her teammates held off Seguin in the 4x100m relay with BC running 47.40 and Seguin right behind at 47.56.

The 4x200m relay saw three teams break 1:42.00, including a Smithson Valley team that ran the race extremely safely yet still clocked a time of 1:39.59 led by anchor Alyssa Jones who also ran a 24.84 in the 200m against the wind. The 5A girls were strong in the 300m hurdles with all four entrants running less than 46.20 seconds, including Zimmerman and Cedar Park's Amani Graham who each advanced in both hurdle races. In the 400m, SV's Jazmyn Singh and Wagner's Harmoniey Rector were a notch ahead of everyone as they both broke 56 seconds.

Moving up to the distance events, the star of the meet was Champion's Elizabeth Leachman who won the 3200m to start the day with an amazing run time of 10:17.81 and she finished off her meet running a 4:51.90 in the 1600m. The 800m was strong in both 4A and 5A. Fredericksburg's Taylor Grona and Rilyn Grona finished in 2:15.62 and 2:17.84, respectively and Navarro's Zoe Carter was a close third in 2:18.03. In the 5A race, Mia Perez ran a personal record of 2:12.51 and her teammate, Sophia Goodwin, came through in 2:18.19.

The final race of the night featured the Smithson Valley 4x400m relay team of Jones, Favour Uduji, Perez and Singh running a season best time of 3:48.42, one of the top times in the entire State.

In the throwing events, the 4A girls were much stronger than the 5A girls. Tori Adams of Boerne, Reese Sagebiel and Zoe Aldrich of Fredericksburg each threw the discus over 120-feet. Adams had the best shot put with a heave of 42-3.25 and Fredericksburg's Madison Wright threw it 37-3.75.

The high jump and triple jump were the two best events of the meet. There were nine girls clearing at least 5-4. Boerne's Kendall Lemm went 5-7 and Naya Burleson of Hays went 5-6. The reigning 4A State champion is Pieper's Caroline Peterson, but she now competes in 5A and she advanced to the Regional meet. The triple jump was even stronger with 10 girls bounding at least 36-feet. Canyon's Grace Conley went 38-11.5 and it took a leap of 37-6.75 to advance to the Region meet next weekend. Wimberley's Baylee Gold was the 4A champ leaping 37-8.

The long jump had five girls over 18-feet. Jones won the 5A meet with a jump of 19-6.5 while Emily Thames of Wimberley won the 4A meet with a leap of 19-0.25.

In the pole vault, Alencia Lentz of Canyon Lake and Ella Pickron of Smithson Valley each continued their successful seasons. Lentz cleared 13-6 and is in good shape to win her second State title. Pickron cleared 12-0 and will be one of the top contenders in the Region.

Top Boys

The boys meet was highlighted by outstanding sprint races and Wimberley's Gabriel Wray. In the 100m, all four 5A boys went under 10.80 led by Smithson Valley's Jahirey Calais' winning time of 10.60. The 110m hurdles featured Fredericksburg's Gary Seidenberger breaking the tape in 14.66 to win the 4A race and Boerne Champion's Brock Lewis followed him up by winning the 5A race in 14.68.

The 4x100m relay had two great teams in Smithson Valley and Seguin. The Rangers won the race in 41.57 while the Matadors came through at 41.85. Seguin also ran an outstanding 4x200m relay posting a time of 1:27.70.

Wray put on a show in the jumping events. First, he won the triple jump with a huge mark of 48-1.75, nearly 4-feet farther than anyone at the meet. Then, he finished off his performance by winning the long jump with a leap of 23-7.5.

Luis Tovar of Champion ran a strong 800m outlasting some strong competition to run a time of 1:56.78. Three other runners broke 2-minutes in the race.

The only event that featured a 1-2-3 sweep by a team was the 5A boys 400m. The Smithson Valley trio of Freddie Dubose (48.88), AJ Breault (49.96) and Kevin Uduji (50.02) took the top three spots.

There were four boys who cleared 14-0 in the pole vault including Brody Day of Smithson Valley and Brooks Jones of Boerne Champion.

The throwing events saw locals Aidan Peddycoart of Canyon, Gavin Garcia of Smithson Valley and Riley Wampler of Boerne Champion each throw the shot over 50-feet. Connor Warzecha of Champion and Jaxson Maynard of SV each went over 150-feet in the discus.

More Winners

There are a few other athletes that have not been mentioned but were also big winners at the meet. La Vernia's Davyeon Burch won both the 100m and 200m in the 4A meet and clocked a 10.89 in the 100m.

Davenport boys went 1-2 in the 400m with sophomore Jaylin Morrow and Cal Taylor taking gold and silver. Taylor also added a win in the 800m finishing in 2:00.03. Christian Pena swept the 1600m and 3200m for Davenport controlling both races.

The 5A boys mile featured Brian Caloca of Veterans Memorial closing hard on Nathan Aguilar of Canyon. Aguilar held him off and won in 4:28.78.

Brock Lewis and Benjamin Blomqvist racked up huge points for Boerne Champion in the hurdle events. Lewis won the 110m hurdles and was third in the 300m hurdles while Blomqvist was second in both events and won the high jump. Boerne's McCoy Bruce was second in the 4A 110m hurdles and dominated the 300m hurdles.

Finally on the girls side, Treasure Vallerie of Kennedy put together an impressive meet. She won the 200m and 400m and was second in the 100m, closing strong in each race. Fredericksburg's Ann Claire Cop won the 1600m in 5:16.08 and was second to teammate Taylor Grona in the 3200m.