After Trinity and Hurst L.D. Bell had nice showings in the District 7-6A track meet a week ago, both teams went to Cedar Hill on last Wednesday for the area meet between District 7-6A and District 8-6A.
Out of 13 girls teams, Bell and Trinity placed sixth and eighth, scoring 50 and 38 points respectively.
In the boys results, Bell finished fifth with 64 points and Trinity placed ninth with 23 points.
Armani Battle of Trinity, who won the 100-meter dash at the District 7-6A meet, came in fourth at area with a time of 12.46 – shaving off her district time by 0.11 seconds. She qualified for the regional meet at the University of Texas-Arlington on May 1-2.
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Precious Ogba (Trinity) came in sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.11.
District champion Leisa VanVooren (Bell) repeated in the 800-meter run and shaved her time from 2:21.03 to 2:20.64. Teammate Alyssa Wallach, who came in second at district, finished fourth and qualified for regional. She, too, bested her district time.
District champ Maddie Telford (Bell) finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 meter hurdles. Telford also made it back-to-back titles in the pole vault with a mark of 10 feet, better by one foot from her district mark. Teammate Lizzie Pullman came in seventh.
Darian Bucknor (Trinity) came in seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Trinity won the 4x100 relay at district, but came in third at area behind DeSoto and Cedar Hill. They did, however, beat their time from 49.22 to 48.64.
Bell came in sixth in the 4x200 and Trinity came in third in the 4x400 behind Duncanville and DeSoto. Again, they shaved their district time by nearly three minutes.
Jakierra Drummer (Bell) qualified in the high jump after placing fourth.
Esther Bweyni (Bell) qualified in the long jump (fourth), besting her mark by nearly a foot and Bucknor came in second in the triple jump after besting her district feat by nine inches.
Anisha Garner (Bell) came in eighth in the triple jump.
Melinda Gbollie (Bell) qualified in the shot put, but teammate Anna Hafoka came up just short in fifth. Hafoka was five inches short of Gbollie's mark. Alexus Glenn (Trinity) placed sixth.
Bell placed three in the discus throw, but only Hafoka is moving on after her throw of 119 feet, 10 inches, while Gbollie went sixth and Sidra Triplett went fifth.
For the boys, senior Isaiah McBride (Bell) came in second again in the 100-meter dash, behind DeSoto's London Dunn, but still managed to best his district time by nearly 0.40 seconds.
Ryan Linton (Bell) qualified in the 200-meter dash after finishing runner-up, also besting his district time.
Cameron Jones (Trinity) won for the second-straight week in the 400-meter dash, besting his time by 0.52 seconds.
Bell's Elier Gonzalez bested his times but didn't qualify after placing sixth in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles. Teammate Ben Yerigan placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
Bell qualified in the 4x100 after besting its district time by half a second and placing third, and Trinity came in sixth. Bell also placed third in the 4x200 and sixth in the 4x400.
Last week, Markis McCray (Trinity) and McBride finished 1-2 in the long jump and area was no different, as McCray was champion.
Jaylin Brooks (Bell) placed second in the triple jump while Deon Washington (Trinity) was sixth.
In shot put, Chris Daniels (Trinity) qualified after going fourth, but Bell's David Dorsett came up short in fifth, five inches short of Daniels.
Finally, in the discus throw, Dorsett finished third while Jaylon Bevil went seventh.