Neither Kilgore High School track and field team won their district championship this year – the Spring Hill boys won their division, and Gilmer’s girls won theirs – but the Bulldogs had enough outstanding performances in last week’s District 16-4A meet at Spring Hill that several of them are moving on to the area meet.
Area is also at Spring Hill, and it’s Wednesday. Field events will begin at 10 a.m., and running events at 1:30. The top four from area will move on to regionals at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 26-27.
Kilgore’s Zoe Craven, who in the span of the last two years has competed on the state stage in cross-country and soccer, kept her season alive with a win in the 3200 meter run at district. Craven won the 3200 in the time of 12 minutes, 10.058 seconds. Teammate Cristina Rosas finished fourth (12:56.91).
Craven also finished second in the mile, or 1600 meter, run (5:36.64), and Rosas, third (5:59.38).
On the boys side, Cameron Jackson ran like a man possessed once again, winning both the 100 meter dash (in 10.50 seconds) and the 200 (22.26 seconds).
Other performances of note:
Kilgore’s Deundre Blanton won the boys shot put at district, a best of 50 feet, 8 inches.
Chiciquita Crain won the girls 200 (26.28 seconds) and Emma Taylor won the girls 800 meter run (2 minutes, 29.43 seconds). And the 400 meter relay team of Alicia Jones, Carter Williams, Irelyn Williams and Crain won their event (49.66 seconds).
Jamaria Thomas, fresh off an appearance in a basketball all-star game, won the triple jump (37 feet, 6 ½ inches), and Gracie Clower won the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches).
Calvin Woodside was third for Kilgore’s boys in the shot put (50 feet, 2 inches) and Kaden Kenney, fourth (50 feet, even).
Taylor also finished second in the 400 meter run (1:03.24). The girls 800 meter relay team finished third (1:46.11), and the mile relay team did, as well (4:21.43).
Crain was third in the long jump (16 feet, 6 ½ inches) and Thomas was fourth (16 feet, 4 ¼ inches). Mia Orange was fourth for the KHS girls in the shot (31 feet, 8 inches).
Shadestiny Chism was fourth in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches).
Overall, the Bulldogs were third and Lady Bulldogs second in the race for their respective district team championships – Kilgore’s boys scored 87 points (behind Spring Hill’s 154 and Gilmer’s 153), and Kilgore’s girls finished with 154 (to Gilmer’s 164).
Kilgore’s junior varsity girls were third (122 points) and the boys, fifth (175).