The Madisonville track team competed in the Regional Meet at Sam Houston State University over the weekend and have now concluded their 2019 season.
“We had a number of athletes go down and compete hard, but I do not think we had our best weekend,” said Madisonville Track Coach Russell Urbantke. “Region 3 is one of the tougher Regions in the state and we knew that we would have to work hard all season if we wanted a chance to get to Austin.”
The best chance Madisonville had at sending a group to Austin this weekend would have been the Women’s 4x200 M Relay, in which they likely would have finished in the required top two spots had it not been for a dropped baton on the second exchange.
“It was very tough to swallow because of how hard the girls have worked all year,” said Urbantke. “I hated it for them because it was going to be a great finish between us and (first place finisher Waxahachie Life).”
Instead, the Mustangs finished third. The group was comprised of Kenndie Moffett, Garlanesha Gilbert, Monique Berry and Raegan Olvera.
Moffett, Berry and Gilbert also competed in the 4x100 M Relay along with Mitzi Holiday. They finished in fourth place. Gilbert would also finish fourth in the 200 M Dash while Moffett was seventh. Moffett was also eighth in long jump and fifth in triple jump.
On the men’s side, the 4x400 M Relay team of Desmond Walls, Donovan Young, Marcus Dorman and Garrett Johnson recorded their best time of the season and earned a sixth place finish.
“Those guys ran awesome,” said Urbantke. “Recording their best time of the year is really all I can ask of them. They gave me everything they had and I really enjoyed how they worked all season.”
Sidnie Smith also recorded her best performance of the season by jumping nine feet in the pole vaulting event, earning her a seventh place finish.
Other results included 12th in 100 M Hurdles for Chloe Olvera; ninth in 100 M Dash for Roderick Holiday; 12th in 1600 M Run for Madi Caperton; 15th in Long Jump for Uriel Willis.