LONGVIEW -- Coaches at Gilmer love to talk about the "Buckeye Way," rising to the occasion when the competition gets stiff.

There was no shortage of East Texas talent at Thursday's District 15-4A and District 16-4A area meet at Spring Hill's Panther Stadium, but the Lady Buckeyes still managed to qualify 13 individuals for next week's Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce. They also advanced all three relay teams in a 43-point win against Henderson and Tatum squads that tied for second place.

"Any time you compete against teams like these, it's going to be a battle," Gilmer coach Stacy Crews said. "They have athletes, and they're well-coached athletes. They've got grit. Something we're proud of at Gilmer is our girls are very tough mentally and physically. We like to think we train them for stuff like this. The closer the competition, it just seems like the better we perform."

The Lady Buckeyes team won the meet by a score of 136-93 against the next closest schools. Carthage finished fourth with 74 points and Kilgore's 61 points rounded out the top five finishers in the standings.

Logan Parish placed first in the half-mile run as did Mecci Griffin in the 400 meter dash event. The 4 X 200 meter relay team also enjoyed a first-place finish.

Those placements alone gave Gilmer 40 points -- good enough to finish ahead of five schools within the 11-team field.

But these late-season meets are as much about proving depth as winning events. Points are awarded to teams for a finish in any particular event or relay race from first to sixth place. Top four finishers in any competition advance to the regional level while fifth and sixth-place finishers still contribute to the score in spite of calling it a year.

With 13 individuals and all three relay teams still kicking for Crews, it is still mathematically possible for Gilmer to win a regional championship. A state title isn't out of the question either.

"I would love to say yes, however I have done enough homework the last three months to know what's carried over," Crews said. "I know what Dallas Carter is bringing to the regional meet. I know what Liberty-Eylau is bringing. Not to mention Carrollton Ranchview and Melissa. They all have strengths in field events and sprints."

Gilmer advanced four athletes in field events versus nine in running events.

Wins in the three relay events might push the team over the top. Relay wins are worth 20 points whereas an individual first-place finish is worth 10 points.

The Lady Buckeyes' 4 X 100 meter and 4 X 400 meter competitors finished second at the area meet while the 4 X 200 meter group took home the gold medal.

"We won't change a thing," Crews said. "We'll keep the intensity the same. The volume we might taper back a little, but, as far as preparing for next Friday and Saturday, we're going to come out and grind Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, ice bath Thursday, mental preparation and then travel down to Commerce."

 

Tatum Boys Get Even With Carthage

Tatum bounced back from last week's narrow loss to Carthage in the District 16-4A meet with a 12-point win Thursday at Spring Hill.

Third and fourth-place finishes in the 400 meter dash by Alex Medford and D.D. Boyd, Stanley Williams' fourth-place effort in the 200 meter dash and a second straight 4 X 400 meter relay win against the Bulldogs' second-place finish was the margin in the Eagles' 112-100 victory.

Kilgore, Chapel Hill and Henderson placed third, fourth and fifth with 62, 54 and 51 respective points.

"We had a pretty good day, but we also had a couple of miscues that set us back," Tatum coach J.B. Haggerty said. "I will say our kids rose to the challenge. Carthage is a very good team and well-coached, so we know we're fortunate to sneak away with the win."

Air Force football signee D'Torian Smith earned a first-place finish in the discus event and Medford won the half-mile run ahead of the 4 X 400 meter relay victory to highlight the day.

Eleven solo event athletes advanced to the Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce as did two of three Tatum relay squads. The Eagles scored at least a point in 12 of 18 events.

"We'll have to look at what everybody else qualified from the area other meets, but it's going to be tough," Haggerty said. "This is a tough region. We're just fortunate we're going to be able to do what we can do. That's all we can do."

 

District 16-4A Meet

At Bulldog Stadium, Carthage

GIRLS

Team Standings

  • 1, Gilmer -- 136
  • 2, Henderson -- 93
  • 2, Tatum -- 93
  • 4, Carthage -- 74
  • 5, Kilgore -- 71
  • 6, Bullard -- 54
  • 7, Chapel Hill 44
  • 8, Gladewater -- 36
  • 9, Rusk -- 15
  • 10, Spring Hill -- 8
  • 11, Center -- 2

4x100 meter relay

  • 1, Kilgore (Symonne Brooks, Maliyah Holland, Jamaria Thomas, Irelyn Williams) -- 48.61
  • 2, Gimer (Sommer Hynes, Annie Stevenson, Dymond Clark, Mecii Griffin) -- 48.85
  • 3, Gladewater (Ceara Latson, Nan Randall, Kianna Hamilton, Annie Oliver) -- 49.17
  • 4, Henderson (Lakaylynn Jackson, Alaysha Hart, Ke'anya Ballard, Daylece Newson) -- 49.23
  • 5, Tatum (Alexus Smith, Jada Shans, Essence Allen, Tia Mitchell) -- 49.47
  • 6, Carthage (Jordan McLin, Zamoria McGrue, Julie Weidner, Denecia Jenkins) -- 50.64

4x200 meter relay

  • 1, Gilmer (Crystal Fluellen, Sommer Hines, Dymond Clark, Annie Stevenson) -- 1:43.01
  • 2, Henderson (Breanna Foreman, Alaysha Hart, Ke'anya Ballard, Daylece Newsom) -- 1:44.06
  • 3, Tatum (Alexus Smith, Kristen Sneed, Kaila Harden, Ashton Brown) -- 1:44.20
  • 4, Carthage (Jordan McLin, Zamoria McGrue, Julie Weidner, Denecia Jenkins) -- 1:45.04
  • 5, Chapel Hill (Serenity Johnson, Caroline Onwuzu, Tay'jiana Gee, Karmya Roberts) -- 1:48.84
  • 6, Center (JaKayla Weathered, Anijah Harper, Patience Cherry, Mekayla Cartwright) -- 1:50.06

4x400 meter relay

  • 1, Carthage (Alli Capps, Chloe Newman, Aleasha Mclinton, Zamoria McGrue) -- 4:01.53
  • 2, Gilmer (Latavia Anderson, Mecii Griffin, Sommer Hines, Crystal Fluellen) -- 4:01.53
  • 3, Tatum (Jada Shans, Essence Allen, Ashton Brown, Tia Mitchell) -- 4:04.40
  • 4, Kilgore (Olivia Chalk, Mariya Mitchell, Ja'da Abercrombie, Jamaria Thomas) -- 4:14.02
  • 5, Henderson (Resha Hall, Jaclyn Garrett, Breanna Foreman, Shamonti Duncan) -- 4:21.76
  • 6, Bullard (Maddie Lee, Emilee Lewis, Abby Petty, Ashlyn Meador) -- 4:23.29

3200 meter run

  • 1, Caroline Rains, Henderson -- 12:30.33
  • 2, Emily Berry, Bullard -- 13:06.60
  • 3, Aylin Ortiz, Gilmer -- 13:39.01
  • 4, Jayla Brown, Gilmer -- 13:44.78
  • 5, Alyssa Hardy, Rusk -- 14:01.40
  • 6, Haley Gray, Rusk -- 14:33.90

1600 meter run

  • 1, Caroline Rains, Henderson -- 5:38.00
  • 2, Emily Berry, Bullard -- 5:51.94
  • 3, Alex Koudelka, Gilmer -- 6:01.84
  • 4, Logan Parish, Gilmer -- 6:08.28
  • 5, Alyssa Hardy, Rusk -- 6:17.97
  • 6, Aylin Ortiz, Gilmer -- 6:21.34

800 meter run

  • 1, Logan Parish, Gilmer -- 2:29.66
  • 2, Alex Koudelka, Gilmer -- 2:32.04
  • 3, Key'era Quezada, Chapel Hill -- 2:32.41
  • 4, Kayla Escalanter, Gilmer -- 2:35.47
  • 5, Peyton Jones, Carthage -- 2:47.55
  • 6, Emily Edelen, Carthage -- 2:47.68

400 meter dash

  • 1, Mecii Griffin, Gilmer -- 58.51
  • 2, Maddie Lee, Bullard -- 1:01.27
  • 3, Alli Capps, Carthage -- 1:02.34
  • 4, Aleasha Mclinton, Carthage -- 1:02.41
  • 5, Tambrea Lee, Gladewater -- 1:04.90
  • 6, Emily Lewis, Bullard -- 1:05.97

200 meter dash

  • 1, Annie Oliver, Gladewater -- 26.51
  • 2, Alaysha Hart, Henderson -- 27.20
  • 3, Daylece Newsom, Henderson -- 27.70
  • 4, Julie Wiedner, Carthage -- 27.32
  • 5, Serenity Johnson, Chapel Hill -- 27.73

100 meter dash

  • 1, Ke'anya Ballard, Henderson -- 13.24
  • 2, Breanna Foreman, Henderson -- 13.42
  • 3, Destiny Edwards, Spring Hill -- 13.75
  • 4, Markya Battee, Chapel Hill -- 14.18

300 meter hurdles

  • 1, Chloe Newman, Carthage -- 46.43
  • 2, Mykaela Alfred, Chapel Hill -- 47.73
  • 3, Symmone Brooks, Kilgore -- 48.05
  • 4, Annie Stevenson, Gilmer -- 48.31
  • 5, Ashley Jeter, Carthage -- 49.35
  • 6, McKenna Zett, Carthage -- 50.06

100 meter hurdles

  • 1, Symmone Brooks, Kilgore -- 15.71
  • 2, Chloe Newman, Carthage -- 15.80
  • 3, Mykaela Alfred, Chapel Hill -- 15.91
  • 4, Ashlyn Meador, Bullard -- 16.21
  • 5, Troi Criddle, Gilmer -- 16.86
  • 6, Ann Mills, Henderson -- 17.13

Discus

  • 1, Jada Garrett, Rusk -- 128-0
  • 2, Leandrea Allison, Tatum -- 119-5
  • 3, Bonnie Clifton, Gilmer -- 117-6
  • 4, Olivia Bryant, Tatum -- 111-2
  • 5, Alexus Smith, Tatum -- 110-10
  • 6, Riley Randall, Bullard -- 102-5

Triple jump

  • 1, Ramaya Davis, Tatum -- 35-9 1/4
  • 2, Annie Oliver, Gladewater -- 35-8 1/2
  • 3, Essence Allen, Tatum -- 35-6 3/4
  • T4, Jada Abercrombie, Kilgore -- 35-2 3/4
  • T4, Symmone Brooks, Kilgore -- 35-2 3/4
  • 6, Mariya Mitchell, Kilgore -- 33-11 3/4

High jump

  • T1, Kristen Sneed, Tatum -- 5-1
  • T1, Mecci Griffin, Gilmer -- 5-1
  • 3, Mesha Shead, Gilmer -- 5-0
  • T4, Alli Capps, Carthage -- 4-10
  • T4, Emily Alahmed, Spring Hill -- 4-10
  • T4, Cindrasha Boykin, Carthage -- 4-10

Pole vault

  • 1, Macy Riley, Bullard -- 10-0
  • 2, Kami Stephens, Bullard -- 9-6
  • T3, Kristen Sneed, Tatum -- 9-0
  • T3, Sadie Spencer, Bullard -- 9-0
  • T5, Gracie Clowers, Kilgore -- 7-6
  • T5, Callie Lawrence, Carthage -- 7-6

Long jump

  • 1, Daylece Newson, Henderson -- 16-9 3/4
  • 2, Jamaria Thomas, Kilgore -- 16-9
  • 3, Serenity Johnson, Chapel Hill -- 16-6 1/2
  • 4, Ceara Latson, Gladewater -- 16-3 1/2
  • 5, Lakaylynn Jackson, Henderson -- 15-11 1/2
  • 6, Essence Allen, Tatum -- 15-10 1/2

Shot put

  • 1, Aymiah Colclough,Tatum -- 38-10
  • 2, April Walker, Chapel Hill -- 38-1
  • 3, Olivia Bryant, Tatum -- 37-9
  • 4, Bonnie Clifton, Gilmer -- 37-5
  • 5, Leandrea Allison, Tatum -- 37-3
  • 6, Marshae Davis, Gilmer -- 35-2

 

BOYS

Team Standings

  • 1, Tatum -- 112
  • 2, Carthage -- 100
  • 3, Kilgore -- 62
  • 4, Chapel Hill -- 54
  • 5, Henderson -- 51
  • 6, Gladewater 45
  • 7, Gilmer -- 44
  • 7, Spring Hill -- 44
  • 9, Center -- 41
  • 10, Rusk -- 35
  • 11, Bullard -- 31

4x100 meter relay

  • 1, Kilgore (Patrick Jackson, Jonathan Shepherd, Cameron Jackson, Melek Hamilton) -- 42.24
  • 2, Carthage (D'Travis Duncan, Ashton Hicks, Keaontay Ingram, Titus Marshall) -- 42.34
  • 3, Gilmer (Jordan Johnson, Kollin Hurt, Kameryn Cuevas, Ryen Lawhorn) -- 42.68
  • 4, Gladewater (Cameron Callaway, Clint Starling, Isaiah Davis, Terry Floyd) -- 42.87
  • 5, Henderson (Kourtland Jackson, DQ Murphy, Keaunta Dunham, Lakendrick Van Zandt) -- 43.03
  • 6, Tatum (DD Boyd, Omari Dickerson, Chris Jenkins, Cedric White) -- 43.11

4x200 meter relay

  • 1, Kilgore (Patrick Jackson, Jonathan Shepherd, Terrell Shelton, Melek Hamilton) -- 1:28.35
  • 2, Tatum (Malcolm Davis, Omari Dickerson, Cedric White, Chris Kenkins) -- 1:29.41
  • 3, Gilmer (Jordan Johnson, Kollin Hurt, Kameryn Cuevas, Ryen Lawhorn) -- 1:29.77
  • 4, Chapel Hill (Montel Hood, Fred Attaway, Kaylan Griffin, Hunter Branin) -- 1:30.04
  • 5, Center (Jadus Johnson, JaCarlos Hall, JaKadric Watts, Adrian Johnson) -- 1:31.24
  • 6, Henderson (Kourtland Jackson, Tremayne Lewis, Keshoyn Alexander, DQ Murphy) -- 1:31.44

4x400 meter relay

  • 1, Tatum (DD Boyd, Omari Dickerson, Chris Jenkins, Alex Medford) -- 3:19.21
  • 2, Carthage (Kelvonte Dixon, Tarik Rascoe, Ashton Hicks, Roshabrius Garrett) -- 3:21.33
  • 3, Chapel Hill (Jaden Mayfield, Malik Sellers, David Harris, Fred Attaway) -- 3:23.64
  • 4, Henderson (Daniel Garcia, Josh Mapps, Matthew Childers, Lakendrick VanZandt) -- 3:28.69
  • 5, Spring Hill (Zach Henry, Zach Hughes, Kevron Madden, Carson Fruge) -- 3:30.25
  • 6, Rusk (Ladarian Polk, Samaj Johnson, Anthony Hunter, Damarrian Greenwood) -- 3:30.36

3200 meter run

  • 1, Antonio Chavez, Center -- 10:33.87
  • 2, Alex Huerta, Center -- 10:45.62
  • 3, Misael Alvarez, Chapel Hill -- 10:58.03
  • 4, Kalen Barlow, Spring Hill -- 10:59.39
  • 5, Jordan Wynne, Gilmer -- 10:59.43
  • 6, Mark Hanks, Carthage -- 11:19.82

1600 meter run

  • 1, Antonio Chavez, Center -- 4:48.00
  • 2, Brayden Sowell, Carthage -- 4:54.33
  • 3, Austin Martin, Spring Hill -- 4:58.21
  • 4, Alex Huerta, Center -- 5:06.59
  • 5, Mason Hancock, Spring Hill -- 5:08.51
  • 6, Jordan Wynne, Gilmer -- 5:16.01

800 meter run

  • 1, Alex Medford, Tatum -- 1:58.78
  • 2, Tarik Rascoe, Carthage -- 1:58.96
  • 3, Austin Martin, Spring Hill -- 2"01.29
  • 4, Brayden Sowell, Carthage -- 2:02.23
  • 5, Jacob Garcia, Center -- 2:02.95
  • 6, Adan Martinez, Chapel Hill -- 2:06.15

400 meter dash

  • 1, Ashton Hicks, Carthage -- 48.69
  • 2, Jaden Mayfield, Chapel Hill -- 50.15
  • 3, Alex Medford, Tatum -- 50.77
  • 4, DD Boyd, Tatum -- 51.27
  • 5, Zach Henry, Spring Hill -- 52.54
  • 6, Jerome Gilmore, Gladewater -- 52.74

200 meter dash

  • 1, Cameron Callaway, Gladewater -- 22.18
  • 2, Melek Hamilton, Kilgore -- 22.19
  • 3, Jordan Johnson, Gilmer -- 22.28
  • 4, Stanley Williams, Tatum -- 22.34
  • 5, D'Juan Martin, Bullard -- 22.69
  • 6, Adrian Johnson, Center -- 22.75

100 meter dash

  • 1, Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore -- 11.12
  • 2, Stanley Williams, Tatum -- 11.14
  • 3, Cameron Callaway, Gladewater -- 11.22
  • 4, Hunter Branin, Chapel Hill -- 11.26
  • 5, Clint Starling, Gladewater -- 11.27
  • 6, DQ Murphy, Henderson -- 11.38

300 meter hurdles

  • 1, Lakendrick Van Zandt, Henderson -- 39.03
  • 2, Damarian Greenwood, Rusk -- 40.28
  • 3, Josh Mapps, Henderson -- 41.57
  • 4, Nicholas Moore, Carthage -- 42.08
  • 5, Michael Batchelor, Gladewater -- 42.31
  • 6, Joshua Fletcher, Kilgore -- 42.83

110 meter hurdles

  • 1, Malik Sellers, Chapel Hill -- 15.11
  • 2, Tariq Gray, Henderson -- 15.51
  • 3, Austin Hawley, Gladewater -- 15.66
  • 4, Macain Jones, Carthage -- 15.76
  • 5, Jordan Smith, Tatum -- 15.77
  • 6, Nicholas Moore, Carthage -- 15.91

Discus

  • 1, D'Torian Smith, Tatum -- 145-11
  • 2, Kaden Peppers, Spring Hill -- 138-7
  • 3, Jermaine Lewis, Rusk -- 131-10
  • 4, Brayden Yates, Spring Hill -- 129-6
  • 5, Drake Centers, Tatum -- 158-8
  • 6, Braden Grush, Kilgore -- 125-8

Triple jump

  • 1, Keaontay Ingram, Carthage -- 44-0
  • 2, D'Juan Martin, Bullard -- 43-11 3/4
  • 3, Kelvonte Dixon, Carthage -- 43-8 3/4
  • 4, Matthew Childers, Henderson -- 41-11
  • 5, Will McCowin, Bullard -- 41-9 1/4
  • 6, Deiontrae Wheat, Kilgore -- 41-8 1/2

High jump

  • T1, Demarian Greenwood, Rusk -- 6-2
  • T1, Spencer Liles, Tatum -- 6-2
  • T3, Will McCowin, Bullard -- 6-0
  • T3, Omari Dickerson, Tatum -- 6-0
  • T3, Jordan Smith, Tatum -- 6-0
  • 6, Terrell Shelton, Kilgore -- 5-10

Pole vault

  • 1, Brandon Legan, Gilmer -- 13-1
  • T2, Connor Ellis, Rusk -- 12-6
  • T2, Austin Parish, Carthage -- 12-6
  • 4, Canaan Knox, Spring Hill -- 12-0
  • T5, Gilbert Garcia, Spring Hill -- 11-6
  • T5, Hunter Goff, Rusk -- 11-6

Long jump

  • 1, D'Juan Martin, Bullard -- 22-2 1/2
  • 2, Lakendrick VanZandt -- 21-5
  • 3, Omari Dickerson, Tatum -- 21-3
  • 4, Cameron Barb, Bullard -- 21-1
  • 5, Octavius Evans, Center -- 20-10 3/4
  • 6, Ty Osborne, Chapel Hill -- 20-6

Shot put

  • 1, Mike Sanchez, Gladewater -- 52-8
  • 2, Shay Rogers, Tatum -- 48-6
  • 3, Tanner Elliott, Carthage -- 48-2
  • 4, Khristion Little, Chapel Hill -- 48-0
  • 5, Kaden Peppers, Spring Hill -- 46-0
  • 6, Devon King, Gilmer -- 45-5