If today turns out as he expects, Nick Doughty will be jumping for joy.
In the meantime, he’s jumping for regionals.
Doughty is competing in the long jump and triple jump at today’s Class 4A Area 7-8 Track Meet at Joshua. He is one of 14 from Granbury (10 boys, 4 girls) seeking a spot in the Region I Meet at McMurry University in Abilene April 26-27.
Doughty won one of two gold medals for the Pirates in the District 7-4A Meet at Fort Woth’s Clark Stadium late last week, reaching 43-3.5 feet in the triple jump. He also captured silver in the long jump with a leap of 21-1.5.
The other gold medal was won by Chris Richardson in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 49.32 seconds. Richardson, in fact, qualified in three events, also finishing fourth in the 200, and he ran the opening leg of the fourth-place 400 relay.
Richardson holds the school record in both the 400 (48.96) and 200 (21.78).
The top four finishers in each event at the District 7-4A and 8-4A Meets advanced to area, from which the top four finishers will move on to regionals. From there, the top two in each event qualify for state at the University of Texas in Austin May 10-11.
Emma Thomas is the lone Lady Pirate competing in two events. She was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:49.96, and was fourth in the 3200.
“Emma came out of nowhere today,” said Lady Pirate coach Mike Pinkerton of her performance in the 1600.
“She’d been running a 6:02, and she popped up to a 5:49. Very impressive.”
Mike Milson is the other multiple-events competitor. He also ran a leg of the 400 relay and captured bronze in the pole vault by placing third with a height of 13 feet.
Milson actually tied Blake Scott of Aledo for second in the pole vault, but had more misses to lose the tiebreaker.
“Very pleased. This district is super athletic,” said Pirate coach Jodie Scott of his team’s showing.
“Our kids competed hard. Still expecting great things from Chris, and super excited about the 4×1. Great time with an alternate (Austen Wade).”
Wade also qualified as third place in the long jump, claiming the bronze medal with a 19-10.75 effort.
The Lady Pirates will have two competitors in the high jump. Shelby Cline placed second at district, clearing 5-2 and matching her best effort of the spring, while Jettin Murphy took fourth at 5-0.
Cline actually tied Arlington Heights’ Kadejah Wilson for the gold medal, but had more misses. Likewise, Murhpy tied Western Hills’ Erika Gilbert for the bronze medal, but also had more misses.
Cline cleared 5-6 last summer to win the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas.
“If Shelby can jump close to where she was last summer, she can go to regionals,” said Pinkerton. “And I believe Jettin can go 5-2.
“Last summer with Shelby we worked on nothing but the high jump, but she’s been doing several events this spring. Now, though, she can go back to just concentrating on the high jump.
“And I’m not counting Jettin out. Her hip clearance is already above 5-4. There may be three at 5-4 at area.”
Other area qualifiers for the boys include Kwaun Shaw on the 400 relay, Brendan Crosslin (fourth in 110 hurdles), Dillon Graham (fourth in high jump) and Luke Sandelin (fourth in pole vault).
Rachel Perriello also qualified for the girls, taking fourth in the 400.
Graham was one of four high jumpers to clear 6-0, second highest of the meet. But he was behind two others with fewer misses and ahead of one other.
The Granbury girls won the junior varsity team competition, edging Aledo 121-113.
“The JV won with only three gold medals. That says we’re scoring points while the other teams are battling over that one gold medal,” said Pinkerton. “We’re placing people in every event, and often several people in a single event.
“That bodes so well for our future.”
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District 7-4A Track Meet
Clark Stadium, Fort Worth
Top four finishers in each event advanced to area
Aledo 176, FW Southwest 112, Wyatt 84, Granbury 82, Western Hills 51, Arlington Heights 47, Trimble Tech 36, South Hills 30.
Top Granbury results
400 relay – 4. (Chris Richardson, Austen Wade, Kwaun Shaw, Michael Milson), 42.88
110 hurdles – 4. Brendan Crosslin, 16.11
800 relay – 5. (Kevin Hennard, Kwaun Shaw, Michael Milson, Brandon Fichter), 1:33
400 – 1. Chris Richardson, 49.32
200 – 4. Chris Richardson, 22.43
1600 relay – 5. (Christian Gamez, David Henney, Taylen Sullivan, Alec Blohowiak), 3:38.80
High jump – 4. Dillon Graham, 6-0
Long jump – 2. Nick Doughty, 21-1.5; 3. Austen Wade, 19-10.75; 6. Kwaun Shaw, 19-1.75
Pole vault – 3. Michael Milson, 13-0; 4. Luke Sandelin, 12-6; 5. Derec Beck, 12-6.
Shot put – 6. Alex Brown, 42-2.25
Arlington Heights 160, Aledo 128, Western Hills 94, Southwest 93, Wyatt 54, Granbury 43, Trimble Tech 25, South Hills 16
Top Granbury results
3200 – 4. Emma Thomas, 12:50.90
400 relay – 6. (Jennifer Kreig, Whitney Matos, Sarah Sledge, Caroline Forrest), 52.93
100 hurdles – 6. Ashley Bonugli, 18.50
800 relay – 6. (Jennifer Kreig, Caroline Forrest, Sarah Sledge, Sunnye Thompson), 1:53.58
400 – 4. Rachel Perriello, 1:03.22; 5. Whitney Matos, 1:05.07
1600 – 2. Emma Thomas, 5:49.96
1600 relay – 5. (Jennifer Kreig, Rachel Perriello, Sunnye Thompson, Whitney Matos), 4:20.29
Discus – 6. Mikayla Carpenter, 89-0
High jump – 2. Shelby Cline, 5-2; 4. Jettin Murphy, 5-0; 6. Sarah Sledge, 4-10
Triple jump – 6. Whitney Matos, 31-4