San Antonio News and Notes - Week #12

Photo of Thomas Bucks, Johnson

The UIL Regional meets are over and the State meet is still to come but we still need to take a quick look at what happened this past week. Since I already wrote a recap about the Region IV-5A/6A meet this week's notes will try to cover more from the smaller schools in the area.

The Best Thing I Saw

There were so many amazing performances at Heroes Stadium this past weekend it was hard to decide the best thing I saw, but I am going to head to the pole vault where the athletes were flying high. Thomas Bucks of Johnson and Ella Pickron of Smithson Valley each one set a new personal best with Bucks clearing 16-3 to finish second in the 6A boys and Pickron cleared 13-0 to nab second place in 5A girls. While that is all well and good, the thing that sticks out to me is the emotion each showed afterwards. The joy that they showed is why I love sports and is inspiring.

4A Results

In Kingsville, the Boerne boys finished in second place overall with 44 points. They picked up the majority of their points in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays with both teams finishing in second place. William Freeman, Michael Igbo and Charlie Stahl were each on both relay teams. The 4x100m team ran 41.69 while the 4x200m team crossed the line in 1:28.68. Pleasanton won three individual field events with Evan Guardiola winning the discus with a throw of 168-5, Preston Pilgrim took gold in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-6 and Demitrius Jimenez won the high jump at 6-5. Pearsall's Curtis Saenz qualified for the State meet in the 100m with his second-place finish in a time of 10.72 and nearly made it in the 200m where he took third.

 Fredericksburg was the top local team at the Region IV-4A meet scoring 58 points to take third place. Davenport finished in fifth place with 42 points while Canyon Lake was third with 36 points. Canyon Lake's Cadence Patterson and Fredericksburg's Ann Claire Cop both advanced to the State meet in the 1600m and 3200m. Patterson won both events in 10:45.53 and 5:00.54, respectively. Cop finished third in the 2-mile, but her time of 11:23.38 was good enough to get her the wild card selection. The Davenport and Fredericksburg 4x400m relay teams both moved on as well with Fredericksburg getting the wild card. Madison Wright won the shot put with a throw of 39-10 and Taylor Grona took first in the 800m (2:15.39) to give Fredericksburg a pair of victories. Davenport's Kendall Fallon went to the 5A State meet last year in the 300mH and she qualified again this year after finishing second in a time of 45.44. Wimberley's Baylee Gold took gold in the 100mH with a time of 15.17 and Kendall Lemm is headed back to the State meet after winning the high jump with a clearance of 5-6.

Flying High

The Randolph girls won the Region IV-3A meet with 118 points, just five ahead of Goliad. The Ro-Hawks finished second in all three relays running advancing to the State meet in all three. Jaela Smith, Ariela Milian, Jaeda Jones and Taylor Nunez ran the 4x100m while Tiana James, Grace Kistler, Jones and Milian were in the 4x200m and Smith, Sophia Bendet, Kistler and Milian ran the 4x400m. Nunez was the individual champion in the 100m (11.63) and 200m (24.38) and also finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19-5.25. She is the two-time reigning State champion in all three events. Bendet won the 800m in 2:10.25 and the 1600m in 4:55.01 and will try to win back-to-back titles in each event at the State meet. Randolph's Aubrey Milam was the team's final State qualifier by finishing second in both the 1600m and 3200m. Poth's Brooklyn Albert won the 3200m in 11:00.01, took second in the 800m (2:16.00) and was third in the 1600m, just one second behind Milam. Marion's Maggie Rudisaile was the pole vault champion with a clearance of 11-6 while Lytle's Calyssa Sevier took the silver in the 400m.

In the boys Region IV-3A meet, Randolph finished in third with 54 points and Great Hearts Northern Oaks was tied for fourth with 52 points. GHNO's Isai Moran starred for the Griffins by winning the 800m (1:56.97), 1600m (4:26.50) and 3200m (9:40.52). His teammates, Benjamin Alcott, took second in the 3200m in 9:41.70 and Joshua Cornelius won the high jump with a clearance of 6-4 and will be one of the favorites to win at the State meet. Dilley's Dorian Aranda advanced to the State meet in four individual events: 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump. It would not be surprising to see him medal in three events. Great Hearts Monte Vista hurdles Aiden Martinez took gold in both the 110mH (14.37) and 300mH (37.98). Poth's Aiden Reed grabbed second place in both the shot put (56-3.75) and discus (161-1). Randolph scored the most points among local teams, but only their 4x400m relay team will run at the State meet as Messiah Miller, Kai Evans, Braylen Brown and Lee McMooain won in a time of 3:20.62. The final two local State qualifiers were Cole's James Livingston in the triple jump and Luling's Miguel Silva-Hernandez in the 1600m.

AA Results

The Region IV-2A meet was held simultaneously with the 4A meet in Kingsville. The Falls City girls finished in fourth place with 62 points thanks to their strong relay teams. All three of their teams will move on to the State meet after finishing second. Camber Pipes, Kenley Wiatrek, Kailer Crawford and Keondra Johnson ran 48.52 in the 4x100m and the same quartet ran 1:43.01 in the 4x200m. Ashlan Thompson and Chloe Cavalier joined Wiatrek and Johnson to run the 4x400m in 4:04.86. Cayla Albers won the shot put for Falls City with a toss of 41-10.5. Stockdale also had a pair of athletes advance to the State meet. Sydney Wyrwich was second in the 400m in 58.84 while Peyton Keller was second in the high jump with a 5-3 clearance.

The Stockdale boys finished in third place at the Regional meet with 45 points. Camden Derricoatte was their big scoring as he finished first in the 110mH in 15.00, second in the long jump with a mark of 22-2.75 and third in the triple jump with a leap of 43-8. His teammate, Taylor Warrick, will also be moving on in the 1600m after taking second in a time of 4:35.98. Jacob Swierc of Falls City will run in two events at the State meet after finishing second in the 200m (22.61) and 400m (50.01).

School Records

In this section, I want to highlight the new school records that were set during the week. I need coaches to please let me know when you have a new record set. Either email me at or message at me @ShaneMeling on X (Twitter).

Madisun Sparks, Johnson, 100m, 11.96
Madisun Sparks, Johnson, 200m, 24.68
Ty Hawkins, Johnson, Triple Jump, 47-4.5
Ty Hawkins, Johnson, Long Jump, 23-2
Maggie Luna, Marion, 100m, 12.45
Maggie Luna, Marion, 200m, 26.24
Marion Girls, 4x100m Relay, 49.12
Zac Miller, Brennan, 1600m, 4:19.13
Zac Miller, Brennan, 3200m, 9:12.76
Boerne Boys, 4x100m Relay, 41.69 (Woody Goen, William Freeman, Michael Igbo, Charlie Stahl)
Ann Claire Cop, Fredericksburg, 1600m, 5:02.43
Elijah Hernandez, Sotomayor, 400m, 47.36
Nick Ross, Warren, 200m, 20.95
Ja'Dan Keiler, Taft, 300mH, 37.06
Tate Taylor, Harlan, 100m, 10.29
Harlan Girls, 4x200m Relay, 1:40.00 (Ava Salas, Addison Shumate, Iyanna Webb, Toryn Taylor)
Harlan Boys, 4x100m Relay, 41.21 (Payton Mathews, Anthony Durojaiye, G'Ivori Graham, Tate Taylor)
Clemens Boys, 4x200m Relay, 1:26.66 (Cameron Owens, Joshua Jackson, Zavion Jordan, Damien Robinson)
Sotomayor Boys, 4x400m Relay, 3:16.07 (Aiden White, Boaz Nyandega, Bryce Lloyd, Elijah Hernandez)
Kassia Kozarski, Steele, 3200m, 11:14.36

Senior Signings

I would like to keep a running tally of all the track and field and cross country signings so please contact me if you notice someone is missing.

Ella Pickron, Smithson Valley, Colorado State

Erin Martin, Boerne Champion, West Texas A&M

Isabella Dagrosa, Reagan, Vanderbilt

Mackenzie Dagrosa, Reagan, Vanderbilt

Hayden Brace, Boerne Champion, USMA

Marcelo Parra, TMI, Princeton

Franco Parra, TMI, Princeton

Araceli Ford, O'Connor, UIW

Anthony Zapata, Southwest Legacy, UIW

Sam Abati, Reagan, Texas

Ann Claire Cop, Fredericksburg, Houston

Maddie Reagan, Davenport, TCU

Iyanna Webb, Harlan, Baylor

Hayden Scott, Brandeis, Texas

Joseph Lopez, Sotomayor, A&M-Corpus Christi

Ashley Stratton, Harlan, Angelo State

Jazmyn Singh, Smithson Valley, Princeton

Nathan Marcovitch, Johnson, Baldwin-Wallace

Talitha Brown, Clemens, Dallas Baptist

Alejandro Rosales, Churchill, UT-Tyler

Avery Brawner, Alamo Heights, Hofstra

Eli Perez, Floresville, Seattle University

Alyssa Quinones, Floresville, Abilene Christian

Cadence Patterson, Canyon Lake, Houston

Alma Lazo-Cazares, O'Connor, USMA

Nick Ross, Warren, UT-Arlington

Brooklyn Crow, Taft, Rice

Noah Fernandez, Central Catholic, Texas A&M-Commerce

Michael Estrada, SA Patriots, UIW

Michaela Mitchell, Johnson, UT-Rio Grande Valley

Cody Schmedding, Johnson, UIW

Shifa Daredia, Johnson, Trinity

Coming Up Next

This week UIL teams will be off as they prepare for the UIL State Meet May 2-4 in Austin. However, the TAPPS South Regional is taking place in Seguin on Thursday and Friday and the HCAL State Meet will be held in San Marcos on Saturday.