Boys 100m heat 3 at Byron Nelson All Relays meet
This weekend was the second full weekend of track and field action across the state. It feels as if there were more track meets in Texas this weekend than in the rest of the other states combined.
No complaining here. That just means we get to see more of the best track and field athletes in the nation because we all know the best athletes are either born, bred, or both right here in the great state of Texas.
The weather is kind of weird here in this part of the country. That sometimes leads to some pretty outstanding times in the sprints every now and then. It's hard to tell which times are legit or which ones are aided by the elements.
However, this weekend, some pretty impressive marks were dropped in the 100m. Six times of 10.70 and under were dropped including the fastest time of the weekend was a 10.44 by Jose Garcia from Harlingen.
Perhaps the most impressive sprint performer of the weekend was from Eddie Sumler. The Cy-Fair senior and returning UIL 6A 200m runner-up ran 10.62 in the 100m and then followed that up with a 21.34 for the best 200m time of the weekend. His time this weekend is just off his 21.01 that he ran for the silver medal at state last year.
There were some fast 400s in Houston this weekend. The top time of the weekend goes to Cy-Woods junior Sebastian Cooper. Cooper unloaded a 48.75 SB at the Will Taylor Relays as he led two other fellow Houstonians Christian Beteet and Auhmad Robinson under 49.00 for the top three times of the weekend.
Boys 800m at Byron Nelson All Relays meet
Atascocita senior Christian Gilmore ran an impressive 800m at the Kingwood Zoe Simpson Invitational. His 1:56.67 was a SB as he out ran district rival Donovan Josey from Kingwood for the meet win. Lake Travis senior Brendan Hebert ran a PR of 1:58.05 to win the 800m at the Lake Travis Invitational. In doing so, the PR was over a full six second PR as his previous PR was 2:04.27.
Flower Mound Marcus senior Jacob Egan ran the top 1600m time of the weekend by going 4:23.50. In the first meet of the year, Egan was just a few seconds off of his 4:19.19 PR. Mercedes senior Dominic Cavazos ran an impressive 4:25.75 to get the win by a dominating 10 seconds over second place at the PSJA Southwest Hog Relays. He will definitely be looking to eclipse his 4:20.48 PR soon. Plano West distance star Pete Johnson also ran for a 1600m victory this weekend he took the win at the Carrollton Trojan Relays.
Freshman Ben Shearer from The Woodlands Christian ran the top 3200m time of the weekend with his time of 9:38.42. He took sixth place last Fall at the TAPPS state cross country meet and looks to be doing even bigger things during the track season.
It was a great weekend for 3200m races. One of the best finishes in any race all weekend came from the boys 3200m in the second heat when Round Rock's Kobe Yepez narrowly defeated Smithson Valley's Clayton Wilkerson 9:41.01 to 9:41.03.
There were some elite 110H. That should be expected throughout the entire season this year. Hutto senior Devion Wilson led the way with his 14.10. The 2017 UIL 5A runner-up ran a SB with the time and continued his indoor 60m success with this run.
The hot hurdling didn't stop there. In fact three district rivals gave an early season view of what the district, area, and regional meets could look like. A Kingwood duo Garrett Carswell and Darrell Edwards both ran for school and district supremecy. Carswell ran 38.58 and Edwards ran for 38.67 right behind his teammate.
Atascocita's Keegan Crawford also ran under 39.00 as he was in third right at 38.92.
Crandall junior Branson Bragg threw an outstanding discus throw when he tossed a 190-4. The junior and returning 9th place state meet finisher at the UIL 4A meet didn't have the meet he wanted last Spring, but this weekend's toss more than made up for that. It is a PR by over 25 feet.
In the shot put, Patrick Piperi continued his indoor success with a 61-2 toss. Piperi led Bernard Childs of Channelview and Brian Orlando of Katy Seven Lakes as the three look to continue the big throws movement coming out of the Houston area.
Jumps & Vault
Houston Strake Jesuit junior Matthew Boling is a long jump specialist and he proved it this weekend. Boling jumped a PR 24-0 at the John Morris Pearland Invitational, not only was it good enough for his PR, but slightly better than his 23-11 from state last year.
Dickinson's Chris Welch could perhaps be the jump performer of the weekend with a 23-0 and 45-7 triple jump to place him in the top three of both events for the weekend.
The high jump top performances were both from 2017 state finalists. Katy Tompkins senior Mason Corbin jumped 6-10 for a season best and just under his 6-11 from the UIL 6A state meet to take the gold medal last Spring.
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meet. The last two years, he started off with 6-2 and 6-0 performances. He PRed last year at 6-11 and finished third at state. If his first meet performances are signs of how his seasons go, then watch out for his 2018.