While senior twin sisters Brittney and Danielle Trought were leaving their final mark on the Aledo Ladycats track team, coach Nikki Hyles can look to the future and high expectations for several underclassmen following this season's Class 5A State Meet.
Brittney Trought led the Ladycats, winning a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 13.84 seconds. Danielle finished fifth in the same event.
The duo then teamed with sophomore Kia Jordan and freshman Valencia Tysley to set another school record in the 4x100 relay. The quartet clocked a 47.05 to finish fourth, only .23 seconds away from a bronze medal.
Yet another underclassman, sophomore Mackenzie Lyon, reached state this season. She placed sixth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 6 inches.
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"The season definitely finished on a high," Hyles said. "We were really excited when we won the regional meet as a team. We will miss our seniors that are graduating, especially Brittney and Danielle. They were a large part of our success over the past four years and became great leaders for our program."
The regional championship is the first in school history for the Ladycats, Hyles said. The season also featured four school records.
Along with the aforementioned records, Jordan set the school mark in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.04 seconds, earning her a spot at state. She also joined forces with Danielle Trought, Valencia and sophomore Peyton Lambert for a school-record time of 1:43.46 on the 800 relay, though that quartet did not reach state.
"I'll be honest, I haven't even thought about next year that much," said an excited Hyles, who is clearly still basking in this season's success. "I know we have some talented eighth-graders coming up, and I look forward to our returnings kids continuing the tradition and becoming leaders themselves."
The Ladycats aren't the only ones with reason to be excited about next season. Of the two Bearcats who competed at state, one is returning - and he won a bronze medal this season.
Sophomore Wes Harris placed third in the shot put with a throw of 57 feet, 3.75 inches. He was only three inches away from a silver medal.
Senior pole vaulter Blake Scott narrowly missed ending his high school career with a medal. His vault of 15-6 placed him fourth.
Elsewhere in Parker County
Two other Parker County athletes participated at state in the Class 3A division. One of those also came home with some hardware, and both are underclassmen.
Peaster junior Sarah Maynard had a throw of 12-9 to place third and win a bronze medal in the wheelchair shot put competition. Also, Brock sophomore Drew Gassner finished eighth in the 800.