Canyon's Abree Winfrey And Hannah Stuart Get Mid-D Wins

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UIL 4A Girls 800m

Abree Winfrey (R) and Addyson Bristow (L) go 1 -2 in the 800m

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Defending gold medalist Senior Abree Winfrey from Canyon had the fastest time coming into the 2023 State Meet with a 2:13.51 from her regional meet. Silver medalist from the 2022 UIL State meet was Taylor Grona, a junior from Fredericksburg.

We had a false start that resulted in a warning for all the ladies and no one disqualified. One more try and we were good to go the second time around.

The ladies were tightly packed at the 200m mark with Winfrey and Grona leading the way just as we thought it'd be.

At the bell lap, they were still tightly bunched. Merrell came through first with a time of 1:09.60 and Winfrey was not far behind with a 1:09.62.

There was a tight pack of four coming down the home stretch with 100m left Addyson Bristow a freshman from Canyon pulled alongside Winfrey's shoulder but she held off her teammate and defended her gold medal with a time of 2:15.02. Bristow captured the silver with a time of 2:15.09 and Cullen Merrell, a senior from Hudson finished in third place with a time of 2:16.38.

Abree Winfrey and Addyson Bristow celebrate after a 1 - 2 finish in the 800m

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UIL 4A 1600m

Hannah Stuart was the silver medalist at last year's 2022 UIL State Meet and Alexis Frick from Celina was last year's bronze medalist. Stuart the junior from Canyon came in with the top seed time of 4:57.22.

After this morning's conference record in the 3200, she could be eyeing another record. The current 4:53.75 from back in 2008 could be going down this evening.

It was a fair start with this 1600, Stuart was content to let Zerah Martinez from Sinton take it out but that didn't last long as Stuart jumped right back into the lead early on and never looked back.

Stuart came through the first lap with a huge lead at 1:13.99 and about a 50m lead. Martinez led the chase pack coming through in 2nd with a 1:15.60.

At the mIdway point Stuart continued her dominance of the distance races with a 1:15.64. Ann Claire Cop a junior from Fredericksburg moved into second with Martinez falling to third.

Hanna Stuart captured her second win of the day in the 1600m

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Stuart continued to lengthen the gap coming through the bell lap with a 1:13.71, Cop pulled away from the pack in second place.

Barely missing the record, Stuart captured the Gold with a 4:54.28. Martinez snuck back into the mix and received the silver medal with a time of 5:009.10. Cop landed in 3rd place with a time of 5:12.95.