The Northwest girls track and field team scored a major coup when it recently won a district championship, and with a solid showing at area, hopes are high for the Texans at the regional meet coming up this weekend.
Northwest will send a total of six boys and girls to the regional meet, and coach George Lutkenhaus said the objectives for his team are pretty simple.
“It’s kind of the same as it was at area,” Lutkenhaus said. “We are not really going to worry about what anybody else does or what they have. We are going to concentrate on ourselves and focus on what we can do to have success.”
Lutkenhaus said that he was pretty happy with how the area meet unfolded for his team.
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“We did some good things,” Lutkenhaus said. “We had three girls and three boys moving on to region. We’re excited for those guys and thought they performed very well.”
Advancing athletes from the Texans track and field program include Kurstin Gidden in discus, Allyn Tyer in girls pole vault, Emalee Wright in the 100 hurdles, Jacob Suchors in the 800-meter, Eliseo Cooper in the 100 and Caden McDonald in discus.
Lutkenhaus said that he feels pretty good about his program’s performance at area and said it came pretty close to meeting expectations for the meet.
“Our goal on the girls side was just to do the best that we could,” Lutkenhaus said. “After winning a district championship for the first time in maybe 15 or 20 years, it’s always tough coming back from that. Then our area is just extremely tough.
“Our big thing was to focus on what we did, not worrying about anybody else, and just going out there and performing our best,” Lutkenhaus said.
Other area athletes who advanced to the regional meet are as follows:
Keller: Carter Persyn in the 3,200 and 1,600, Josh Zozaya and Brady Trankle in the pole vault, Cade Johnson in the 110 hurdles, Meghan Lloyd in the 3,200 and 1,600, Ryanne Johnson and Alex Adams in the discus and shot put, Amanda Wetzel in the pole vault, and Lindsey Simpson in the 400 dash.
Keller Central: Savon Myers in the high jump and triple jump, Logan Freeman in the pole vault, Jacob Gray in the 100, Joseph Ellison, 4X100 boys relay, 4X200 boys relay, David Torkington in the 800 meters, Stephanie Gaisbauer in the pole vault and Joey Kammerer in the shot put.
Keller Fossil Ridge: Tatyanna Flannigan in the long jump and triple jump.
Keller Timber Creek: Erik Wingfield in the 3,200, Chase Dennis in the discus, Quentin Cargyle in the 400 dash, Desiree Coston in the high jump, Jhane King in the 100 and 400 dash, and Elise Hodges in the discus and shot put.
Byron Nelson: Brandon Bowen in the high jump and long jump, Sanaa Barnes in the high jump and long jump, and Leilyn Miles in the shot put.