Track and field
Lamar senior Erich Sullins’ 183-foot, 4-inch discus throw in the regional track meet propelled his team to fifth place, while the Bowie girls 4x100 relay team finished second to advance to state and Martin sophomore Keshun Reed took second in the boys 400-meter dash.
The Martin 4x400 relay team won its event as well.
Sam Houston’s Darrion Flowers advanced to state by winning the boys 100-meter dash.
Sydni Willis of Lamar won the girls 300 hurdles; Bowie’s Nicole Iloanya won the triple jump (40 feet, 7 1/2 inches); Lamar placed third in the boys 4x100 relay; Christina Hedgepeth of Lamar took third in the girls 200; and Martin’s Courtlyn Gant finished third in the girls 100.
“I’m ecstatic about how I did,” Sullins told the Star-Telegram. “I knew there was a lot of pressure on me, but I think I pulled through pretty well. It’s 7 inches behind my best, but I’m glad to move on. I’m glad I got a gold medal.”
“We were definitely not penciled in to finish second,” Bowie girls track coach Doris Grimes said. “But I had confidence in my girls. I knew they could pull it out, and they did exactly what I expected them to do.”
Reed said Martin’s accomplishments are “taking us to the next level. Not very many people have went to state from Martin. Very limited. I’m glad that I made it this year, because last year I ended up coming up short, and that made me want to grind harder to get to state this year. All the hard work just paid off at the end of the day.”
Martin and Arlington will be the two Arlington schools advancing into the playoffs, with Martin sealing another district championship last week and the Colts heading in as the second seed.
The Warriors (22-7-1) will take on Keller in the bi-district round; the schedule and location had not been announced at the press deadline. Keller was 19-11-1 this year.
Arlington (20-8-1) draws Richland (23-8-0) in the first round at a location and time to be determined.
— Stephen English