Track competes in Austin


Madisonville track stars Johnny Simpson, Mitzi Holiday, Kenndie Moffett, Monique Berry and Garlanesha Gilbert competed at the state events in Austin over the weekend after they qualified with impressive finishes at Regionals in Huntsville on April 27 and 28.

Simpson, who qualified for the state meet for the second straight season in the same event, competed in the 200-meter dash and placed ninth while the four girls competed in the 4x100 relay event and earned sixth place. Gilbert and Holiday also qualified for Austin for the second straight season.

“Although we didn't end up on the podium this year, all of our athletes competed hard in Austin,” said Russell Urbantke, head Madisonville track coach. “Qualifying for the state competition at this level is a great accomplishment and all of these kids should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Simpson finished his 200-meter dash with a time of 22.03. Holiday, Moffett, Berry and Gilbert finished the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.12.

Urbantke and the Mustangs enter the offseason with optimism and high hopes for the future with a strong set of underclassmen across the board.

“I’m very proud of every athlete that competed for us in track this year,” said Urbantke. “All of our girls from our relays are returning next year. The men’s team is only graduating four seniors and everyone from the women’s side is returning.”

The Woodlands finished with the highest total team score on the men’s side in Austin while DeSoto took the women’s crown.