The buses were busy this spring for the Granbury School District.
With the largest contingent of competitors in many years, the Granbury Pirates also enjoyed one of the most successful track seasons in school history.
And it may be on the verge of only getting better.
Highlighted by senior Chris Richardson’s appearance at the 4A State Track Meet in the 400-meter dash, Jodie Scott said this season generated much interest around the school.
“I have already been approached by kids that want to run next year that did not run this year,” said Scott.
“Out of all the track athletes I have had the opportunity to coach, Chris has been the most enjoyable. There have been faster kids, but none have been the self-starter that Chris is.
“Very proud of Chris and his family. The Richardsons sacrificed a ton of time and energy for Chris to have the success he had. His father gave him every opportunity to succeed and it paid off considerably.”
While Richardson has graduated and will likely be running college next year, Scott has several area/regional qualifiers back.
The list includes freshman Dylan Graham, high jump; junior Dereck Beck, pole vault; freshman Brendan King, sprints; junior Kevin Hennard, sprints; and sophomore Nick Doughty in two events, long jump and triple jump.
“It’s too early to tell, a lot can happen between now and then, but I would give Nick Doughty a better than 50-percent chance of being a double-qualifier (for state),” said Scott.
LADY PIRATES RETURN YOUTH
Coach Mike Pinkerton took three freshmen to area and one to regionals.
Emma Thomas advanced to the Region I Meet in Abilene in the 1600-meter run, joining senior high jumper Shelby Cline. Advancing to area were freshmen Jettin Murphy in the high jump and Rachel Perriello in the 400.
“I believe that all three (freshmen) will make it to the regional meet next year,” said Pinkerton. “These are three very hard-working young ladies, and each of them have goals to accomplish.”
In addition, the Lady Pirates had a junior varsity squad that won district, and Pinkerton expects a strong influx from the junior highs.
“We should have another great group of ninth-graders next year. These incoming freshmen will make our track team that much stronger,” he said.
“Although we only had two regional participants (and two regional alternates), we had a very strong year. These ladies competed and improved all year long, and we will carry that over to next year.
“We should be stronger next year, both on the varsity and the JV.”
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