Arlington Bowie, Mansfield and Timberview athletes win regional field events

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Second-place finishes do not sit well with Arlington Bowie high jumper Natron Gipson.

A silver medal at the UIL Class 5A state finals in 2013 motivated Gipson during the off-season to focus on consistency. It can be the difference between finishing first or second, he said.

Gipson punched his ticket to state at the 5A Region I track and field meet Friday, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 10 inches,. The state meet is May 9-10 in Austin.

The journey back to state has been gratifying, the Kansas State signee said.

“It’s very humbling,” he said. “It’s a humbling experience because before I didn’t even know how I was going to get to school or nothing like that. Then all the offers started coming in, and I started getting better, and so I’m just glad that I can make it.”

Mansfield senior wins

Mansfield senior Kami Stockett couldn’t be happier about securing her spot at the 5A state meet in the discus after winning regionals with a throw of 147 feet, 8 inches. She won by more than 22 feet.

“I’m super excited,” said the Stephen F. Austin signee. “Really, really excited to get [to state]. I’ve worked really hard and so I’m glad it’s paying off.”

Stockett’s work began earlier this season as a power lifter. She was a state winner and a 400-pound dead-lifter.

“It was pretty good competition,” she said. “I just kind of went out there and did what I needed to do and didn’t really worry about anybody else.”

Speed shows

Arlington Lamar and Arlington Martin each qualified for five races Saturday.

Lamar qualified in the boys 4x100-meter and 4x200 relays, and girls 4x200, 200 (Christina Hedgepeth) and 300 hurdles (Sydni Willis). Martin qualified for the boys 4x100 and 4x200, 400 (Keshun Reed, Josh Hall), and girls 4x100 and 100 (Courtlyn Grant).

Arlington Bowie qualified for four events: the girls 4x100, 4x200 and 200 (Currin Washington), and the boys 300 hurdles (Ardran Carr).

Fort Worth Paschal, Mansfield Timberview and North Crowley each qualified in one event.

Timberview’s big leap

Kelsey Johnson’s victory at 19 feet, 5 inches in the long jump pushed the Mansfield Timberview girls into second place in the 5A team standings. Mansfield is in third place.

The Arlington Bowie boys are tied for third in 5A through five events.

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