For a fourth consecutive season Reagan Mabery knows how she will be spending late April and early May.
The Tolar pole vaulter has again qualified for the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet in Austin May 9-10.
She did so by clearing a career-best 11 feet, 6 inches at this past weekend’s Region II Meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Mabery did not have a miss until she attempted another career-best, 11-9, said coach Gregg Lee.
“I really thought she had it,” Lee said.
“At state it’s a possibility.”
Mabery finished fourth at state as a freshman, followed by sixth as a sophomore and fifth last season.
“I told her, just go down there and get a medal,” said Lee.
Mabery will have company as fellow senior Garrett Winston has earned a wild-card berth in the triple jump.
Winston’s effort of 45 feet, 10.75 inches is the best third-place finish across the state’s four regions.
Lee said Winston’s jumps would have won two other regions and would have been second in another.
A few years ago the UIL added a wild-card entry. Along with the top two finishers in each event, the third-place finisher with the fastest time, longest district or greatest height also qualifies.
Winston will be the second wild-card entry from Tolar since the rule was put in place. Miles Thedford qualified this way in the 400-meter dash in 2011.
Former Granbury pole vaulter Madison Northcutt also reached state via a wild-card entry in 2012, her third trip to the elite event.
“This is a great way for these two seniors to finish their career,” said Lee. “I wish Corbin could have joined them.”
Lee was referring to Corbin Wood, who also medaled by finishing third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.61. He did not, however, earn a wild-card berth.
Last season Winston was in prime position to earn a state berth, but was passed by late in the competition.
“I was thinking he was sitting nice in second place, and then the same thing happens again,” said Lee. “I’m glad he did good enough to still be going.”
Tolar had four other top-five finishes. Hannah Lee was fifth in the girls 300 hurdles, Walker Shelton was fifth in the boys long jump, Colt Jones took fifth in the boys 800, and the boys 800 relay (Blake Watson, Winston, Blayne Denton, Cory Solomon) was also fifth.
“We had so many PRs (personal records),” said Lee. “Garrett jumped a foot farther than he ever has.
“In the last two meets (area and regionals) everybody ran, jumped, threw better than they ever have. In the last two weeks we’ve done nothing but excel. How can you do better than your best?
“There’s times when you go to a regional meet and find yourself with not much to do once your athletes are finished. But we were crazy busy because we had athletes doing great in everything. It’s such a good thing to be so busy.”
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Class 2A Region II Track and Field Meet
Tarleton State University, Stephenville
Pole vault – 1. Reagan Mabery, 11-6 (state qualifier).
300 hurdles – 5. Hannah Lee, 47.59.
High jump – 9. Shelby Nunley, 5-0.
Discus – 9. Hunter Ryan, 131-10.
800 relay – 5. Blake Watson, Garrett Winston, Blayne Denton, Cory Solomon, 1:31.11.
300 hurdles – 3. Corbin Wood, 40.61.
1600 relay – 9 (prelims). Watson, Wood, Winston, Solomon, 3:30.49.
Long jump – 5. Walker Shelton, 22-01; 7. Winston, 21-07.5.
Triple jump – 3. Winston, 45-10.75 (state qualifier, WC).
Pole vault – 10. Case King, 11-0.
800 – 5. Colt Jones, 2:05.70.
High jump – 11. Dalton Shaw, 6-0.