Central runners in top form for area meet

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Central seniors Dustin James and Alexandra (Alex) Peters are helping the Chargers boys and girls teams set the pace as they head into a first-ever area-round track meet this weekend, in hopes of qualifying for the regional meet.

James, a 200m and 400m specialist and member of the 4x400m relay, will look to continue to add to his recent District 4-5A meet championships in the individual events while looking to help the quartet qualify for a regional spot. The 4x200m relay also qualified for the area meet.

James said he has a renewed confidence this season, as he reflected on the fact that only seniors from Central’s regional qualified for the state meet. He had qualified for last year’s regionals in the 200, 400 and 4x400 relay.

Of course, his confidence in being a senior himself this season should take a backseat to the fact that he has garnered first-place finishes in four 200m and 400m races, including the state’s 14th fastest 400m time this season.

“The heart and soul of our points from the district meet is in our quarter-milers, sprinters and relays,” said Central head coach Mike Sports.

James ran a 49.31 in the 400 at the district meet and a 22.25 in the 200m. James said his season-best time is a 49.03.

“As a freshman, I ran a 48.05,” James said. “It was just all the perfect conditions,” he said.

“I’m capable of going 47.0 in the 400,” he added. “It’s all according to how I’m feeling, who I’m running against and the conditions.”

The new area-round meet will pit the top four finishers from District 4-5A against the top four from District 3-5A.

Those teams include most of the Arlington ISD schools, North Crowley, Paschal and Weatherford.

The two districts and another paired set of districts will compete at Coppell on Thursday and Friday.

On the girls team for Central, Peters is busy with five events and qualified for Area in all of the events.

Peters finished second in the 100m behind Fossil Ridge’s Mia Pollard and second in the 400m just behind Carroll’s Kami Mickens.

Peters also qualified by finishing third in the 4x400m relay, fourth in the long jump and second in the triple jump.

“This year has been a better year in the latter part of season,” Peters said. “We got off to a slow start in getting back into it.”

Central’s girls, who finished fourth in the district meet this year, showed a big improvement over last year where they finished near the bottom.

“Our finish this year was a big improvement from last year,” Peters said. “The difference is that we only had one senior and were inexperienced last year. “This year the people are ready to get the job done.”

With five events, Peters said the grind can be grueling, but she enjoys it.

“You do get tired,” Peters said. “But I’ve been doing five events for four years of high school so I’m used to it. My favorite event is probably the 400 because of all the people in a tight finish and the competition.”

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