It’s that time of year again – time to separate the contenders from the pretenders, and get down to business in high school track and field.
Kilgore’s Jonathan Shepherd is definitely not a pretender. Shep, who helped Kilgore win an 800 meter relay track gold last year and then signed with Oklahoma State University’s football program in his “spare time,” won both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash at the District 15-4A track and field meet this week at Spring Hill High School in Longview.
That means Shepherd will head to Carthage for the UIL area meet on April 19, and he’ll have company from several teammates.
Shepherd ran the 100 in 11.13 seconds, and then won the 200 again, this time in 22.08 seconds. He’s won the 200 in every track meet this year that he’s competed.
Also headed to area for the Bulldogs: the 400 meter relay team, who won at district in 42.74 seconds; Michael French in discus, who finished third in district with a best of 127 feet, eight inches; and Calvin Woodside in the shot put, with a best throw of 45 feet, 7 ½ inches.
Kilgore’s boys track is coached by Phillip Lane.
Robert Cooley coaches the girls, and several Lady Bulldogs are headed to area, too.
Zoe Craven is going in three events, incredibly. She won both the long-distance runs – she finished the girls mile run in 5 minutes, 29.52 seconds, and the two-mile in 12 minutes, six seconds. She’s also going in the 800, having finished second to teammate Emma Taylor in 2 minutes, 28.18 seconds.
Taylor, like Shepherd, is going in two events: in the 400 meter run, which she won at district in a time of 1 minute, 1.98 seconds; and in the 800 meter run, which she also won in 2 minutes, 26.40 seconds. Another teammate, Cristina Rosas, was second in the two-mile, in 12 minutes, 12 seconds.
Other KHS girls area qualifiers: Gracie Clower, who won the pole vault (eight feet, six inches); Chicuquita Crain, who was second in the girls 100 meter dash (13.37 seconds); Maliyah Holland, second in the 200 (25.54 seconds); Symonne Brooks in the 100 meter hurdles (fourth in a time of 16.2 seconds) and the triple jump (35 feet, 8 ½ inches); the 800 meter relay team, who was second (1 minute, 45.13 seconds); the mile relay team (third in 4 minutes, 26.32 seconds); Jamaria Thomas in the high jump (fourth in four feet, 10 inches); Ja’da Abercrombie, fourth in the triple jump (35 feet, 6 ¼ inches); thrower Kaleeia Johnson, who won the shot put (41 feet, three inches) and was second in the discus (97 feet, 5 inches); and Holland, Crain and Thomas, who went 1-2-3, in that order, in the long jump.
In other varsity results for KHS this week, Rosas was sixth in the mile run; Abercrombie was fifth in the high jump; Josh Fletcher was sixth in the 110 meter hurdles and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles; Justin Henderson was sixth in the 300 hurdles; Shepherd was fifth in the high jump; the 800 meter boys relay was sixth; the boys mile relay was fifth; Greg Isaac was sixth in the triple jump; Bucky Duke was fifth in the discus; and Deundre Blanton was fifth in the shot put.
For Kilgore’s girls junior varsity team, Carter Williams won the 200 meter dash; Key’deriana Roy was second and Olivia Chalk third in the 100 meter dash; Aligah Colbert was fourth, Shadestiny Chism fifth and Alexis Anderson sixth in the 400 meter run; Estrella Vazquez was second in the mile run, and in the two-mile run, too; Cara Hopper was sixth in the two-mile; Anderson won the high jump; Chism won the long jump and Williams was second; Chism won the triple jump, and Anderson was fourth; Jaylee Stiles and Shelby Maring both took first in the pole vault; Dominique Colbert was fourth and Alexis Williams was sixth in the discus; Ramiyah Dunn was fifth in the hammer throw; and Alexis Williams was second, Ariel Williams fourth in the shot put.
For the boys JV, Noah Odom was third in the 100 meter dash and fifth in the 200; Brian Brown was fifth in the 110 meter hurdles; Kace Murphy was third and Jacob Taylor sixth in the 300 hurdles; Murphy was third in the long jump; Chance Myers was third in the pole vault; Karson Offerding was sixth in the discus; and Kentrovious Anderson won the shot put; teammate Blain McNeese finished fifth.