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The district 21-6A meet will begin today and it will be a loaded meet. With some of the state's top all around teams, the Area meet qualifying spots will be a premium.
Both the girls and boys sides will be an all out battle between Kingwood, Summer Creek, Atascocita, and Galena Park Northshore just to name a few.
On the girls side, the track will be hot, as there are some straight up studs in this district from the 100m to the hurdles, to the 3200, then over to the relays. However, the field events will be where things could get pretty tight on the qualifying spots.
-Girls Field Events-
All of the field events will come down to who performs the best today as the season best marks throughout the district has ties in every event from just about 2nd through 6th place.
Every jump is important. Athletes will not be able to sacrifice scratches or unnecessary misses at heights. That could be the doom and end to someone's season.
For example in the triple jump, the Atascocita duo of Dede Davis and Taylor Nelloms have the top two jumps with their 38-10 abd 38-4, but the spots behind them has two girls at 35-5 and an 35-2. Davis and Nelloms could get in easily IF they are on point today, but other girls have better come with it as nothing is a guarantee.
Then there is the high jump where Alaycia Fitzgerald of Summer Creek has the best jump on the season in the district with a 5-4. However, she isn't 100% safe as there are four girls right behind her with 5-2 season bests and they are all fighting for one of the four qualifying spots. An early miss or an off key day will be detrimental.
There is more! Kingwood's pole vaulter Melanie Prieto has the best vault on the season with an 11-6, which is over 2 feet better then the next competitor. However, in the pole vault an off day means 2 feet is an easy distance to be made up. That is where things are dicey. Behind Prieto's district best jump, there are four girls with 9-0 season bests. It will definitely be a competition that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Other girls to watch: Tianna Randle, Dynasty Mcclennon, Madison Savoy, Rachel James, Mckenzie Clark, Avery Clover, Morgan Taylor, Winter Bogan, Chasity Lowery
-Boys Distance And Hurdles-
I know a lot of superlatives get thrown around in sports today, but do not mistake mine when I describe this district on the boys side as being generous.
The boys 300 hurdles may be the best 300H event in the state. There are four guys under 40 and three of them are 37 guys. Kingwood has two outstanding guys in Darrell Edwards and Garrett Carswell. I can only imagine what the workout sessions must be like with these two guys going at it. Edwards has a 37.60 seasons best and Carswell's best is just slightly behind at 37.90.
But, wait. That's not all. The Kingwood boys only make up two of the three. Squeezed right in between those Mustangs is Atascocita's Keegan Crawford. Crawford has been a hurdling stud for four years now and just missed going to state last year. This season, all things begin new today with the prelims. His 37.68 SB is right on Edwards' heels .
These three guys can make it out easily if they just hurdle clean and cross the line. However, as if they haven't raced each other enough already, they have to face each other in every remaining meet on the season. Winning today will go a long way mentally for or against who ever doesn't win, not to mention their district supremecy.
The distance events in this district are one of the best in the state. IMO, it is probably the second best or at least a tie for the second best.
In the 800m and up each race will come down to the end. Letting up for just one nanosecond before the finish line could cost not only a qualifying spot to Area, but a state meet berth.
Atascocita senior Christian Gilmore is trying to qualify for state once again, but there are some district rivals with other plans in mind. Gilmore has one of the nation's best times with his 1:53.27 on the season, but there are a host of other guys not too far behind him.
Summer Creek's Travis Jacobs will look to capitalize on a good season and a brilliant Texas Relays SMR anchor leg as momentum. He has a 1:54.03 best on the season and will challenge Gilmore. Then there are a gang of Kingwood runners led by Trent Nolan, who is right behind Jacobs in 1:54.16, his teammate Donovan Josey is close in tow with a 1:55.01. Solomon Brent of Summer Creek and third piece to the Kingwood gang Parker Terry check in at 1:55.92 and 1:56.75 respectfully. If that isn't enough for you, the just for good measure, guys better be on their P's and Q's because this district goes seven deep of sub 2:00 guys when you add Summer Creek's Jaylon Jacobs at 1:57.89.
The 1600m and 3200m are more of the same. Nationally ranked guys will be going head to head all fighting for four qualifying spots.
The district is seven deep in the 1600m of guys who are 4:24 and under including Kingwood's Carter Storm (4:13.83) and Nick Majerus (4:19.70). Then there are five sub 10 minute guys in the 3200m led by Majerus (9:15.36) and Atascocita senior Worthington Moore's (9:16.67).