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East Texas Boys Fare Well in Class 5A Events at UIL State Track + Field Championships

Tyler Lee’s Jay Roberson prepares to land in the pit during the Class 5A boys pole vault competition at Saturday’s UIL state track and field championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Tyler Lee’s Jay Roberson prepares to pole vault Saturday at the UIL state track and field championships in Austin. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

AUSTIN — East Texas did not produce many Class 5A state track and field participants, but the few who qualified for the trip made the most of it.

Six East Texas 5A boys athletes all return to the region with medals after Saturday’s UIL track and field championships, led by Tyler Lee’s Jay Roberson, who won the 5A pole vault at a height of 16 feet, 6 inches.

Longview produced the other five medalists, four of whom were responsible for the Lobos’ silver-medal winning performance in the sprint relay (40.78 seconds) — JaMycal Hasty, Deionte Wall, Jared Love, and Nathan Jones.

Longview’s Cedric King also won silver thanks to his 23-foot, 3/4-inch long jump Saturday morning.

Roberson’s vault of 16-6 beat Amarillo Tascosa’s Noah Zorsky, whose best vault was 16 feet, 3 inches. Klein Oak barely beat Longview’s sprint relay team, finishing with a time of 40.66. Port Arthur Memorial’s Jammil Peeples won long-jump gold with a 23-10 1/2.

Longview’s JaMycal Hasty comes out of the block to start the Class 5A sprint relay race at Saturday’s UIL state track and field championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

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