ABILENE — Aledo’s Ryan Newsome was ahead comfortably enough in his 100-meter dash preliminary heat Friday that he was able to coast home in an impressive win.The Bearcat junior had a top time of 10.5 seconds, tops among the eight advancing to the finals of the Class 4A Region I track and field meet Saturday at McMurry University.Newsome still had to run a leg in the 4x200 relay so he was looking to conserve energy.“I’d say after about 40 meters, I was able to put it on cruise control,” Newsome said. “I go out there and give it the best I can, but when I think it’s time to put the brakes on, I do that.” Newsome later anchored Aledo’s second-place finish in its 4x200 heat, losing in a photo finish to Amarillo Caprock. Recovery pays offSaginaw Boswell’s Justin Sanchez was able to further his comeback from last year’s torn ACL by finishing second in the discus. His toss of 162 feet was nearly identical to his qualifying effort of 162-01.“It truly hasn’t hit me yet,” Sanchez said. “It was hard to get [healthy]. Just slowly, slowly, step-by-step, I got there.”Bronze may be enoughSaginaw’s Tristan Leyva started the morning with a third-place finish in the boy’s 3,200-meter race.Leyva worked his way through the field of 16 runners to post a 9:58.50, about 12 seconds off the pace of winner Hassan Abdi of Amarillo Palo Duro. Leyva can still qualify for state depending on how the other three regional meets play out. The best third-place finish among the four regionals will earn a spot in the ninth lane in Austin. Briefly• Fort Worth Arlington Heights’ Jackie Young punched her ticket to state with a second-place finish in the girl’s discus throw. • Heights sent another athlete to state when Avanti Nichols finished second in the girl’s long jump with a jump of 17 feet, 9 1/4 inches.• Brant Smith of Joshua won the boy’s pole vault with a jump of 15 feet, 3 inches. • Brittany and Danielle Trought of Aledo took the top two spots in their prelim heat of the 100-meter hurdles. Brittany finished first overall with a time of 14 seconds flat. Saturday’s final is at 2:50 p.m.
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