The Wildorado girls team of Kayla Stephens, from left, Jessica Merrell, Brooke Trayler Angelica Esparza, Makenna Byrd and Emma Barrett won the Region I-1A team championship at South Plains College in Levelland on Saturday. [Provided photo]
In only the third year as a University Interscholastic League program the Wildorado girls track team was able to accomplish quite the amazing feat during the Region I-1A track and field meet at South Plains College in Levelland on Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs 60 points to fend off Garden City (57 points) to claim the school’s first ever regional team championship.
“Winning regionals is a pretty special deal for our track program and school as a whole,” Wildorado track coach Kara Lucherk said. “We are such a tight knit community. The girls have a ton of younger ones that look up to them and want to follow their footsteps. I can’t say enough good things about these six girls, they have ran whatever event, whenever I asked, knowing it would benefit the team total and all of that paid off today. They are so coachable, tough and hardworking. It’s been amazing and a whole lot of fun.”
Makenna Byrd was the catalyst for Wildorado’s championship. Byrd went double gold in the hurdle events clocking a 15.81 in the 100 hurdles, followed by a 46.21 in the 300 hurdles. On Friday, the sophomore also took gold in the pole vault clearing 9-6. The Lady Mustangs won a silver in the 800 meter relay and nabbed a bronze in the 1600 meter relay.
Miami’s Anna Hudson won four events during the Region I-1A track and field meet Friday and Saturday on the campus of South Plains College in Levelland. [Autumn Bippert/ For Press Pass Sports]
Highlighting the individual performances was Miami’s Anna Hudson. The speedy sophomore left Levelland with a medal haul taking home four golds. Hudson won the long jump (16-5 3/4), was part of a gold medal winning 400 meter relay (53.34), then won the 100 meter dash sprinting to a 12.63, and earned a victory in the 200 meter dash with a 26.10
“It’s so exciting,” Hudson said. “It’s taken a lot of work to get where my team and I are at. I can’t thank my coaches enough. This is a dream come true.”
Claude’s Lanie Stapp won the triple jump and placed second in the long jump during the Region I-1A track and field meet Saturday on the campus of South Plains College in Levelland. [Provided photo]
Claude’s Lanie Stapp punched her ticket back to state for a third time. The defending Class 1A state champ in the long jump from 2019 took gold in the triple jump with a personal-best 36-7 3/4 on Friday. The senior came back Saturday to claim her second medal with a silver in the long jump (16-4).
In boys action, White Deer came in third place racking up 50 points. Paducah won the regional team title.
Hunter Warminski stole the show Friday breaking a 32-year old school record popping off a 23-2 1/2 to gain a gold and earn a trip to state in the long jump. On Saturday, Warminski found the medal stand again with a silver in the triple jump (42-4), behind gold medalist Dustin Bryant of Wildorado (43-7 3/4). Bryant also qualified for state in the high jump clearing 6-0.
Lefors sprinter Micah Teague, left, won the 100 meter dash during the Region I-1A track and field meet Saturday on the campus of South Plains College in Levelland. [Autumn Bippert/ For Press Pass Sports]
Lefors Michah Teague continued his stellar season. The sophomore found a trip to the medal stand clocking an 11.31 to get a gold in the 100 meter dash.
For full results of the Region I-2A track meet, please visit https://www.presspasssports.com/wp-content/uploads/attachments/2021_trac_results.pdf
The University Interscholastic League Class 1A state track and field meet is set for Saturday, May 8, at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
Amarillo-area state qualifiers
1st: Micah Teague, Lefors, 11.31
2nd: Kaydon Johnson, White Deer, 23.11
1st: Trace Goodman, S. Earth, 50.41
2nd: Blake Beard, Valley, 50.63
1st: Braxton Ethridge, S. Earth, 15.44
1st: Braxton Ethridge, S. Earth, 40.29
2nd: Stetson Jameson, Happy, 40.47
2nd: Dustin Bryant, Wildorado, 6-0
1st: Hunter Warminski, White Deer, 23-2 1/2
2nd: Jaxon Edwards, Valley, 22-0 1/2
1st: Dustin Bryant, Wildorado, 43-7 3/4
2nd: Hunter Warminski, White Deer, 42-4
1st: Pace Bressler, Happy, 11-9
2nd: Jake Kenedy, Wildorado, 11-6
1st: Jorge Chavira, Hartley, 130-9 3/4
2nd: Sebastian De La Espriella, 130-0 1/4
1st: Anna Hudson, Miami, 12.63
1st: Anna Hudson, Miami, 26.10
2nd: Caroline myrick, Nazareth, 27.25
1st: Kenli Johnson, Happy, 59.40
2nd: Taytum Goodman, S. Earth, 1:00.12
1st: Taytum Goodman, S. Earth, 2:18.23
1st: Taytum Goodman, S. Earth, 5:16.26
2nd: Emma Kleman, Nazareth, 5:27.77
3200 meter run
1st: Emma Kleman, Nazareth, 12:07.11
1st: Makenna Byrd, Wildorado, 15.84
1st: Makenna Byrd, Wildorado, 46.21
400 meter relay
1st: Miami (Abby Skidmore, Mercedes Hartwig, Elizabeth Gorecki, Anna Hudson), 53.34
800 meter relay
2nd: Wildorado, 1:51.53
1600 meter relay
2nd: Happy, 4:12.05
1st: Anna Hudson, Miami, 16-5 3/4
2nd: Lanie Stapp, Claude, 16-4
1st: Lanie Stapp, Claude, 36-7 3/4
2nd: Brenna Francis, Silverton, 34-11 1/4
1st: Makenna Byrd, Wildorado, 9-6
2nd: Carsann Baker, S. Earth, 9-0
2nd: Tristan Bartosiewicz, Booker, 111-1