Lady Bulldogs finish second place, travel to Stephenville April 25
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP-The Eustace girl’s track team came within one event from finishing first at the Area 13 and 14 2A track meet April 16 in Kemp, but several Bulldogs and Yellowjackets athletes excelled in their individual events.
The Eustace girl’s team needed at least a fourth place finish in the 1600m relay, the final event of the day, to secure the meet’s top spot. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to place in the top four. Hampton Prep (104 points) finished first to give them the Area Championship. The Eustace girls finished second overall (96.5 points) and advance to the Regional meet April 25 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. The Kemp girls finished in sixth place with 46 points. The Eustace boy’s track team finished in fifth place (56 points) and Kemp tenth place (24 points).
The girls’ teams had some outstanding individual finishes. Kemp’s Madison Kerr finished first in the shot put with a throw of 35’ 9” and Eustace’s Caitlyn Culp was just inches behind with 35’6”.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the discus event. Three Eustace girls finished in the top five, including Grace Holcombe 110’ 8” (first place), Kasey Lopez 103’ 10” (fourth place) and Makenzie Abbott 97’ 4” (fifth place).
Kemp’s Audra Jones finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 4’ 10”.
Eustace’s Whitney Boerner finished the pole vault event, clearing two feet higher than any other contestant from another school (8’ 6”). Meagan Gunter, of Eustace, finished second with a 7’ 0” vault.
The Lady ’Dogs Skye Burns took the top spot in the 3200m run with a time of 12:44. EHS runner Chloe Moore finished fourth with a 13:15 pace.
The Kemp girl’s sprinters were sharp, placing fifth in the 400m and 800m relays.
Many lake area athletes placed in the 800m run. Kemp’s Kelsey Gage finished second (2:33.05), and Eustace runners Shelby White (2:35.78) and Molly McAtee (2:37:67) were third and fifth.
Lady Bulldog Madi Allen finished first in the 300m hurdles (47.2) and fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.13).
Lady Yellowjacket Madison Thompson finished third in the 400m run (63:46).
Eustace placed three runners in the top five in the 1600m run, as Burns finished first (5:50.00), Moore second (5:56:97) and Brianna Ragan third (6:01:56).
The boy’s action, the long distance races were once again closely contested by Kemp’s Jesus Perez and Eustace’s Mark Zimmerer. Perez won the 3200m run with a time of 10:09:38, with Zimmerer a couple of seconds behind at 10:12. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Brandon Richardson finished fourth (11:02) and fifth (11:24).
Even more exciting was the 1600m run. Perez claimed the victory in this race too (4:41:17), but not before Zimmerer (4:41:85) briefly took the lead. With just a few steps to the finish line Perez turned on the last bit of reserve and took the lead again for the victory. Eustace’s Preston Schwartz and Cade Yates finished third (4:47:75) and fifth (5:12:91).
EHS athlete Steven Stine finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 18’ 7” and fifth in the 300m hurdles (43:34).
The Bulldogs showed that pole vaulting is another one of the schools strengths, as Cody Duncan and Lance Rodgers tied for first with a 11’ 0” clear.
In the 800m run, Cade Yates, of Eustace, finished second (2:06:37) and Kemp’s Jimmy Kimbrell fifth (2:12:84).