Aledo hurdler Brittney Trought didn’t even make it to the second day of regionals last year, tripping over a hurdle in the preliminary round and finishing last in her 300-meter heat.
On Saturday, at the Class 4A Region I meet at McMurry University, the Aledo junior expelled any memory of last season’s blunder.
Trought swept to gold in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and anchored the Aledo girls to a state berth in the 4x100 relay.
Trought’s sister, Danielle, finished second in the 100-meter hurdles. Those two will also lead the Bearcats’ 4x100 relay to Austin in two weeks after a second-place finish to Denton Guyer.
Brittney Trought said it was a relief to get through Friday unscathed. She finished first in both preliminary events.
“I was kind of freaking out, but kind of excited [entering Friday]. Mostly I was just anxious because I kept thinking, ‘What if I fall again?’ ” Brittney Trought said.
She won the 100-meter hurdles Saturday with a personal-best finals time of 14.06 seconds.
Running the fifth lane in the 300-meter hurdles, Brittney Trought battled for the lead against Trimble Tech’s Kenisha Bryant after the first turn. But when the pack of runners cleared the hurdles on the second turn, Trought was able to pull away down the final 100 meters.
“That’s how I planned on doing it,” she said. “[Bryant] has been my competition the whole season. She was pushing me [in the second turn], then I saw another girl to my left so I just pushed harder and put my whole entire energy into the last 100.”
Crowley’s relay double
The Crowley boys relay of Matt Marner, D’vondre McGrew, Desmond Anderson and Danaez Moses will head to state in two events after finishing second in the 4x100 and 4x200, with times of 42.21 seconds and 1:27.44, respectively.
“They had never been to state before,” Crowley coach Alton Widemon said. “They worked hard and really wanted to create something special and go out with a bang.”
Aledo’s Ryan Newsome earned a return trip to the state meet with a personal best time of 10.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Newsome led the preliminary round after posting a time of 10.50 seconds on Friday. The junior finished eighth at state last year.
No team medals
Area schools were shut out on the team medal stand Saturday.
El Paso Burges took home the boys title. Crowley finished fifth. Canyon and Denton Guyer shared the girls title, finishing with 73 points each. Aledo (46) was edged out of third place by Canyon Randall (47).
• The Fort Worth Dunbar girls 4x200 relay finished second, and Birdville’s Nina Flores finished second in the 1,600-meter run.
• Azle’s Isaac Marquez finished second in the 400 (49.91).
• Trophy Club Nelson’s Leilyn Miles won the girls shot put (44-04.75).
• Fort Worth Arlington Heights sophomore Patrick Jones qualified for state in his first regional meet, throwing 50 feet, 1/2 inch in the boys shot put and finishing second.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760