At the Area track meet in Sealy Wednesday afternoon in the off and on drizzling rain, the El Campo Ricebirds track team competed and won the right to compete in nine events at Regionals.
The track team had a boy and girl finish as Area champions in four different events. Two girls finished as the Area runner-up.
Junior Philip Hundl took first place in the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
“I had a little bit of competition in the high jump,” Hundl said. “110s I had to fight back and get back in front in that race and I finished up strong in the 300s. Good progress for Regionals.”
In the 110-meter hurdles, the second place runner actually jumped out ahead. Hundl caught him in the final three hurdles and finished a tenth of a second ahead of him. With it raining during the event, Hundl didn’t want to risk injury, so he got a slower start off of the blocks, he said.
Sophomore Jackie Nichols finished first in the triple jump and second in the long jump.
“I think I’ve been improving more, as far as my jumps,” Nichols said.
For the second week in a row, Nichols won the triple jump with only one jump.
“I’m excited, I’m trying to go to State,” Nichols said.
Freshmen Alexia Alcalais took second place in the 100-meter hurdles.
“I was kind of nervous in the beginning because the girls were so tall. I was kind of intimidated,” Alcalais said. “But then I got up there and I was like ‘yay’.”
Senior Caterra Wilkins and sophomore Breanna Perez both punched their tickets to Regionals with come from behind finishes. Wilkins in the final half of the 100-meter dash, closed hard and moved from the middle of the pack and just edged out a few runners ahead of her. Perez was near the front in the first lap through the track in the 800-meter run. The next two laps, the front runners separated leaving her towards the back of the pack. Down the home stretch, Perez found her stride and passed two runners in front her to finish fourth.
The girls track team had 52 points, good enough for fifth place in Area out of 12 teams. The boys team had 32 points finishing in eighth place out of 13 teams.
“We did well,” girls coach Robert Naustoupil said. “We got six girls in six different events to Regionals. It was a good week.”
“We qualified more (athletes) this year to the Area meet than last year with (sophomore) Charles Shorter in the long jump and triple jump,” boys coach Gabe Cavazos said. “Overall, there are more kids coming out. Junior varsity was District champs, so that’s kind of what the future holds if we can keep guys coming out.”
1) Stafford - 12.84
4) Caterra Wilkins - 13.06 (advancing)
1) Giddings - 25.31
8) E’Lisha Lindsey - 29.79
1) Needville - 2:27.53
4) Breanna Perez - 2:30.08 (advancing)
1) Sealy - 16.30
2) Alexia Alcalais - 16.62 (advancing)
1) Stafford - 47.07
5) Alexia Alcalais - 50.07
1) Stafford - 48.94
3) El Campo - 49.86 (advancing)
1) LaGrange - 1:44.76
5) El Campo - 1:49.87
1) LaGrange - 17’ 4.5”
2) Jackie Nichols - 17’ 0.75” (advancing)
1) Jackie Nichols - 37’ 1.5” (advancing)
1) Giddings - 40’ 3.5”
8) Kierra North - 29’ 9”
1) Philip Hundl - 14.82 (advancing)
1) Philp Hundl - 40.61 (advancing)
1) Stafford - 1:29.87
8) El Campo - 1:34.43
1) Philip Hundl - 6’ 4” (advancing)
1) Sealy - 21’ 10”
7) Charles Shorter - 20’ 4”
1) Sealy - 44’ 7”
5) Charles Shorter - 42’ 1”