The Legacy track and field teams had a solid effort at their area meets this past weekend and will be sending multiple athletes on to the state competition.
Girls coach Lacy Beckler said that she was pleased with her team’s performance at the area meet but said that it was not without its challenges.
“We did exactly as I anticipated,” Beckler said. “Our area meet was a lot like our district meet in that it is so hard to get out. It was a lot like a second district meet. We got a little frazzled because right before our 4x200, our girls had a bunch of stuff stolen from them, so we didn’t qualify there, but other than that, we qualified for everything we qualified for in district.”
Legacy finished fourth overall as a team on the girls side and is sending nine athletes on to the regional meet at Maverick Stadium in Arlington this weekend.
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Beckler said the objectives for region are pretty straightforward.
“We want to qualify for state,” Beckler said. “Ja’leesa Giles ranks in the top two in the state in the 100 and 200 events. We also replaced a couple of runners on our 4x400, so we at least expect our 4x400 to make the finals.”
Giles, Catherine Richardson, Ariel Ford, Keyona Thomas, Callie Hutchinson and the 4x200 and 4x400 relays are all moving on for the girls team.
For the boys, Jermaine Brealy, Garrett Moore, Jake Weith, David Seastrunk, Dane Roe and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays are all moving on the regional meet.
Boys coach Trey Bates said that his team performed well at the area meet also and said that the athletes that he felt had a good shot of moving on did so for the most part.
“I was pleased with the way we performed overall as a team,” Bates said. “Everything went as expected. Everybody got out that I thought would, so overall, it was a good day.”
Legacy finished third overall on the boys side as a team and a total of eight athletes advanced to region from the boys side.
For the regional meet, Bates said that there is one major objective he would like to see all of his athletes accomplish.
“I would like for each guy to go out and have their best performance of the year,” Bates said. “I’d like to each of them to run their fastest times and then we’ll look to get a few kids out to state.”