Area athletes take on best in state

April 3, 2013

Granbury’s Nick Doughty led a contingent of area athletes who competed in the prestigious Texas Relays at the University of Texas this past weekend in Austin.

Competing against the best in Texas, Doughty, only a sophomore, had a triple jump of 44 feet, 7.75 inches to narrowly miss a top-10 finish, claiming 11th place in Division II (4A-5A schools).

The Tolar boys 1600-meter relay also posted a top-20 finish, capturing 17th in Division I (3A and below). The quartet of Kaleb Gilliam, Corbin Wood, Grant Winston and Cory Solomon finished with a clocking of 3:31.23

For the Tolar girls, pole vaulter Reagan Mabery returned to familiar territory and finished 20th in Division I. She cleared a season-best 10 feet, 10 inches.

Mabery, a junior, has qualified for the Class 2A State Track Meet as both a freshman and sophomore.

“It was a blast,” said Tolar coach Gregg Lee. Some of our kids were awe-struck being down there and experiencing some of that atmosphere.

“Our boys 4×400 ran about what we had ran coming in. Our girls 4×400 went down several seconds. Our girls 4×100 looked the best it had in a while. And Reagan hit her season best in the vault.

“All in all, it was a great experience for those 10 kids. It is something they will not forget. Hopefully, we can get them back down to Austin in May, just gotta keep working.”

Also for Granbury, the boys 1600 relay of Chris Richardson, Kevin Hennard, Kwaun Shaw and Aleck Blohowiak posted their best time of the year (3:27.09) to place 30th in Division I.

Hennard, Shaw and Richardson also joined Mike Milson on the 400 relay to finish with a time of 43.85 for 51st.

The Tolar girls 1600 relay of Hannah Lee, Shelby Newton, Madison Prichard Warren and Meg Gilliam finished 38th with a time of 4:22.91. Newton and Gilliam joined Mabery and Madeline Dawson on the 400 relay and finished 42nd with a time of 53.12.

Shelby Cline of Granbury competed in the high jump, but no-heighted. The opening height was 5-0.5.

“Her third attempt was good, she just clipped it with her heels,” said Granbury coach Mike Pinkerton.

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