In perhaps the most exciting race at the meet, Granbury’s Chris Richardson emerged with a bit of history and a state berth Saturday in Abilene.
Richardson finished second in the 400-meter dash at the 4A Region I Track and Field Meet at McMurry University.
This qualified Richardson for the 4A State Meet in Austin May 10-11. He’s the first Granbury boy to advance to state since Brad Gardner in 2004, finishing fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Richardson’s time of 48.57 seconds also bested his own previous school record of 48.96 set earlier this season in a meet at Mineral Wells.
At regionals, Richardson’s time was eclipsed only by Daniel Calderon of San Elizario, who ran a 48.41. Right behind the two was Aaron Jones of El Paso Burges with a 48.89.
Richardson led most of the race until Calderon passed him in the final five meters.
“Lane 4 (Jones) crept up on me and it was a back-and-forth battle. Then here comes Lane 3 (Calderon), and he clipped me right at the last second,” said Richardson.
“It was close to being a photo finish among the top three,” said Pirate coach Jodie Scott. “It was exciting to watch.
“I’m very, very, very ecstatic for him. I can’t say enough about his work ethic.”
Granbury’s next two highest finishes belonged to Nick Doughty, who took fourth in the triple jump (44-9.5) and sixth in the long jump (22-2.25).
In all, Granbury took seven athletes to regionals, five boys and two girls.
“We’ve really enjoyed this season. It’s been fun,” said Scott. “And it’s not over yet.”
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Class 4A Region I Track and Field Meet
McMurry University, Abilene
400 – 2. Chris Richardson, 48.57 (qualified for state, new school record).
Triple jump – 4. Nick Doughty, 44-9.5.
Long jump – 6. Doughty, 22-2.5; 13. Austen Wade, 20-10.
110 hurdles – 10. Brendan Crosslin, 15.44.
Pole vault – 11. Mike Milson, 12-6.
High jump – 11. (tie) Shelby Cline, 5-0.
1600 – 15. Emma Thomas, 5:39.89.