District 21-3A Track and Field Championship
The Bridge City boys six-year run as district champs was ended at the District 21-3A Track & Field Championships that was held Thursday and Saturday in Silsbee. Although they didn’t manage a clean-sweep of the field, Bridge City, as well as Orangefield, can boast of representation in the upcoming regionals.
The Class 3A Region III Track And Field Championships the be held in Humble at the High School, April 25-26. The top three finishers in each event at the district meet will advance to the Regional Championship.
Bridge City athletes took four gold medals and, with Orangefield, raked in several 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the district meet. Orangefield’s only first place finish was Laura Riddick in the 100-meter hurdles.
In the 800 meter run, Corey Smith of Bridge City came in 1st at 2:03.67, followed by Kirby Shepherd of Bridge City at 2:05.30 for a 2nd place finish, and Kellen Free of Orangefield coming in 3rd with a time of 2:06.73.
Corey Smith took the gold in the 400-meter run at 50.68. Orangefield’s Caleb Worthy came in 3rd with a time of 51.43.
The 1600-meter was dominated by Bridge City with Tim Cude in first with a time of 4:39.58. Kirby Shephard and Ryan Kelly came in 2nd and 3rd respectively with times of 4:46.50 and 4:46.66.
Bridge City managed to pull 2nd place in the 1600-meter relay with a team time of 3:29.
Orangefield’s Jeremy Granger came in 2nd in the discus with a distance of 136-5, followed by another Orangefield athlete, Harry Corbett, with a distance of 132-1 for 3rd place. Corbett also managed 3rd place in the shot put with a throw of 46-9.
Orangefield placed 3rd in the high jump with Derek Evans clearing 5-10. The pole vault was another 3rd place by Orangefield with Garrett Holmes vaulting 11-6.
Bridge City will send two athletes to represent them in the 3,200 meter run at regional. Tim Cude came in a clear 1st at 10:15.39, with Ryan Kelly trotting in at 10:33.57.
Overall standings for the boys division in the district meet had Bridge City coming in 3rd with 111 points, and Orangefield came in 5th with 53 points. In the Girl’s division Bridge City snuck in at 5th place with Orangefield nipping their heels in 6th place in district standings.
Orangefield’s Laura Riddick did a walk-over in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.08 in the Girl’s division. Later Bridge City’s Mary Nguyen came in a microscopic 2nd place at 5:53.96, which was only 4/1000 of a second away from the leader.
The 1600-meter relay was dominated by other schools and Orangefield managed a 3rd place position with 4:27.55.
In the discus Allie Beach from Orangefield placed a respectable 3rd with a throw of 90-10.
Bridge City edged Orangefield out in the high jump with Chrystal Miller going 5-0 followed by Laura Riddick 2 inches short with a jump of 4-10.
In the pole vault, Chelsea Coleman of Bridge City vaulted a nice 8-6 but only managed a 3rd place position below two Hamshire-Fannett girls.
Mary Nguyen breezed in during the 3,200 meter run a full 30 seconds ahead of the competition at 13:12.54 for a solid 1st place.