Flyers pace area track qualifiers

July 17, 2013

The first-year Hood County Flyers will be well-represented at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas in Corpus Christi July 25-28.

The group qualified 10 with top-six finishes at last weekend’s TAAF Region IV Track and Field Meet in The Colony.

“The regional event was chock full of outstanding talent,” said Flyers coach and founder Wade Beard. “We ranked up there with some of the well-established track clubs in North Texas.”

Leading the Flyers was J.J. Lee (10-Under Boys), qualifying in three events. He won the team’s lone gold medal by topping the high jump in 4-0.

Rachel Perriello, Shelby Newton and Miranka Metker, all in the 18-Under division, each qualified in three events.


Three pole vaulters with Venom Track Club of Tolar garnered state berths. Rodie Brister (16-Under Boys), captured a gold medal with a vault of 12 feet. Bronze medals went to Reagan Mabery (18-Under Girls) and Warren Miller (14-Under Boys).


Two Granbury high jumpers qualified in the 16-Under Girls division. Jettin Murphy took second with a height of 5-2. Sarah Sledge cleared 4-6 to qualify in fourth place.

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Texas Amateur Athletic Federation

Region IV Track and Field Meet

at The Colony

Area state qualifiers (top six in each event advance to TAAF Games of Texas in Corpus Christi July 25-28)

Hood County Flyers


10-Under - Taylynn Burdette, fifth in shot put, 15-10.

12-Under -Macie Blohowiak, fourth in high jump, 4-0.

14-Under – Allison Lee, 4-8.

16-Under – Rachel Perriello, fourth in 800, 2:30.99; fifth in 400, 1:03.55.

18-Under -Shelby Newton, fourth in long jump, 14-11; sixth in 100, 13.62. Miranda Metker, fifth in 1600, 6:46.33; third in 3200 , 14:13.58.


8-Under – Kasyn Burdette, second in high jump, 2-6.

10-Under – J.J. Lee, first in high jump, 4-0; sixth in 1600, 6:30.20; fifth in 800, 2:56.36. Kyle Vahlenkamp, second in high jump, 3-10.

800 – 6. William Kittleson, 2:45.95.

12-Under – William Kittleson, sixth in 800, 2:45.95.

Venom Track Club


14-Under – Warren Miller, third in pole vault, 8-6.

16-Under – Rodie Brister, first in pole vault, 12-0.


18-Under – Reagan Mabery, third in pole vault, 9-6.



16-Under – Jettin Murphy, second in high jump, 5-2; 4. Sarah Sledge, fourth in high jump, 4-6.

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