Fletcher does it again, sets record

Northwestern Oklahoma State University cross-country runner Clayton Fletcher didn’t hold that second-best finish in school history record all that long.

Well, actually he still does. But he’s moved up a notch.

Just a week after setting the second-best time in a cross-country meet in the program’s history, Fletcher, a former Kilgore High School runner, now owns the top finish, as well. Running in the rain and mud in Hays, Kan., in the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open last Saturday, Fletcher finished the 8K race in 27 minutes, 2 seconds, the best time in an 8K in NWSU history. He finished 13th overall.

The week prior, Fletcher, who ran in the UIL state meet in his senior season at KHS back in fall, 2014, Fletcher had set the second-fastest time in program history in a meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

Next up for Fletcher and his team is their conference championship meet, the Great American Conference Championships, in Magnolia, Ark., on Oct. 21.


KHS third, fifth in Lindale; will run in District 15-4A meet today in Gilmer

In their final tune-up before the District 15-4A cross-country meet today in Gilmer, the Kilgore High School teams did quite well in Lindale’s Eagle Invitational last weekend.

Kilgore’s boys, coached by Phillip Lane, finished third overall as a team; the Lady Bulldogs, coached by Heidi Hagan, finished fifth.

Both KHS teams were to compete today in the 15-4A meet at Gilmer. Lane’s Bulldogs are aiming for their fifth straight district championship. Hagan’s Lady ‘Dogs are much-improved, and have a chance to win a title of their own.

See an update on how the district meet went for Kilgore later today on kilgorenewsherald.com, and coverage in Saturday’s News Herald print edition.

At Lindale, Kilgore got a 15th-overall finish from freshman Austin Bain, who finished the course in 17 minutes, 40.86 seconds. Finishing 20th overall and second on Kilgore’s team was Ab Herrera (17:57.81). Victor Rangel was Kilgore’s third finisher (18:14.62), Gregorio Alvarez was next (18:22.95), and then Elijah Williams (19:03.25) and Mitchell Molandez (19:05.33) rounding out the field.

Zoe Craven, a freshman for the girls, continued her rapid rise, finishing second overall in 13:04.36. Emma Taylor was 19th overall, second for KHS (14:32.35). Maria Whitakar was the third-fastest finisher for Kilgore (14:47.30), followed by Jacqueline Estrella (16:17.88), Estrella Galvan (16:20.05), Skyelar Howell (16:27.41), Meliza Vega (16:46.05) and Cristina Rosas (16:48.40).


Gregg Co. DU banquet Thursday

The 48th Annual Gregg County Ducks Unlimited banquet is this Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Longview’s Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. 

Tickets to the event are $50 for a single, $80 for a couple, and $25 for children under 18. Each ticket includes all the evening’s activities and a year’s membership in Ducks Unlimited. Special sponsor packages with reserved seating are also available.

A key element of this year’s DU banquet is the presentation of a special flag to Longview police chief Mike Bishop. This flag has the blue line across the center and is often referred to as “the thin blue line flag.” This flag, with the blue line, expresses solidarity with the police, commemorates all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and symbolizes the relationship between the community and law enforcement as protectors of that community.

The event’s activities include a catered meal, a live auction featuring special Ducks Unlimited items, a silent auction, several raffles and special children’s activities.

Volunteers from Kilgore High School DU, the current Texas state champion high school chapter, will be on hand to help with all the youth activities and to raffle off a special DU shotgun. The money they raise will go toward their efforts to win a third consecutive Texas high school DU state title.

For more information, contact chairperson Sharon Denton at (903) 720-1978. Information, including location and ticket information, is also available on the DU website at www.ducks.org/texas/events.

Founded in 1937, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland conservation organization. In its 80 years, DU has conserved, restored and protected more than 14 million acres of critical wetland habitat throughout the North American continent. These areas provide habitat for more than 900 documented wildlife species. For more information about DU, visit the organization’s website, www.ducks.org.


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