By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

The District 24-4A Track Meet is at the half-way point  and all eyes are focused to the running finals on Thursday evening in Silsbee.

The field events and the running preliminary events were held Tuesday at Silsbee High School as the District 24-4A Track Meet got underway with dozens of boys and girls track athletes competing for the right to advance to the Area Meet in Huffman on April 21. The top four individuals in each event will advance to the Area contest.

In the girls high jump, Bailee click of Orangefield placed second with a height of 4-10, which Bridge City jumper Alyssa Fukuda nabbed fourth with a leap of 4-foot, 8-inches.

In the girls pole vault, Orangefield claimed gold and silver as Brooklyn Goldsmith placed first with a vault of 10-feet and Mackenzie Davis finished in second with a vault of 9-06. Also heading to the Area meet is Kirstie Ellerbee of Brdige City, who finished in fourth place with a height of 8-06.

Aaliyah Teel of West Orange-Stark placed third in the girls long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.5-inches. She was followed by Kelsey Smith of Bridge City, who finished in fourth place with a jump of 15-09. In the girls triple jump, Kaylyn Nelson of Orangefield claimed the bronze with a third place jump of 32-feet, 9-inches.

Bridge City’s Kaitlyn Thayer dominated the field in the girls shot put and discus events by claiming gold in both.

Thayer placed first in the shot put with a toss of 37-feet, 10.75-inches. Madison Neal of West Orange-Stark finished in second place with a throw of 34-10.75, and teammate Aaliyah Teel finished in fourth place with a throw of 34-4.50.

In the discuss, Thayer finished in first place with a throw of 116-feet, 5-inches, nearly 14-feet better than the runner-up, while Orangefield’s Kinley McFarlin finished in fourth place with a toss of 88-11.

Only one running-final was held on Tuesday in the girls bracket, and that was in the 3200 Meter run. No girls from Orange County teams qualified to advance to the Area competition.

In the running prelims, the top eight girls in each event will advance to the running finals on Thursday. The top four finishers in the running finals will advance to the Area meet in Huffman on April 21.

Local athletes advancing to the finals of the girls 100 meter dash are Aaliyah Teel, West Orange-Stark; Betty McDonald, WO-S; Kelsey Smith, Bridge City; Rylee Oceguera, Bridge City; Reyna Owens, Bridge City; and Alexia Williams, LC-M.

Participants in the 200 meter dash finals include Diamond Judge, WO-S; Shavontae Thomas, WO-S; Andre’Yana Thomas, WO-S; and Asjah Kelly, LC-M.

Finalists in the girls 400 meter dash include Mercedes Fezia, WO-S; Aaliyah Teel, WO-S; Taylor Colbert, WO-S; Mackenzie Murdock, Bridge City; and Emily Havens, Orangefield.

Finalists for the girls 100 meter hurdles are Alyssa Reza, Bridge City; Margan Ferguson, WO-S; and Mackenzie Davis, Orangefield.

In the 300 meter hurdles, finalists include Alyssa Reza, Bridge City; Margan Ferguson, WO-S; Mackenzie Davis, Orangefield; Carlee Grimes, Orangefield; and Jacey Broussard, Bridge City.

The girls team standings, following Tuesday’s field events and heading into the finals of the running events on Thursday, are as follows: Hamshire-Fannett, 72 points; Bridge City, 40; Orangefield, 40; Hardin-Jefferson, 29; West Orange-Stark, 18; Silsbee, 18; Little Cypress-Mauriceville, 0.

BOYS RESULTS

In the boys high jump, Jared Dupree of West Orange-Stark claimed gold with a leap of 6-feet, 4-inches. He was followed by Caleb Kress of Orangefield, who placed third with a jump of 6-02, and Christian Weatherly of Little Cypress-Mauriceville, who finished fourth with a jump of 6-02.

Tyler Jenkins of Orangefield finished in second place and claimed the silver medal in the boys pole vault with a height of 12-feet, 6-inches.

In the boys long jump, it was a medals sweep by Orange County athletes as Hunter Denton finished in first place with a leap of 22-feet, 3.75-inches. Weston Floyd of LC-M was second with a jump of 21-01.75, and Jeremiah Shaw of West Orange-Stark placed third with a distance of 20-11.75.

LC-M’s Trey Guillory claimed gold with a first place leap of 45-feet, 2-inches in the boys triple jump on Tuesday. Hunter Denton of Bridge City finished in second with a leap of 43-11.50 and Jeremiah Shaw of West Orange-Stark finished in fourth place with a jump of 43-00.50.

Chase Boneau of Bridge City claimed the bronze medal in the boys shot put with a toss of 45-feet, 2.50-inches and Brandon Jenkins of LC-M placed fourth in the event with a throw of 44-08.50.

The LC-M tandem of Isiah Reagins and Weston Floyd finished in second and third places, respectively in the boys discus throw. Reagins claimed the silver medal with a throw of 143-feet, 3-inches, while Floyd earned the bronze medal with a distance of 131-08.

The only boys running-final on Tuesday was the 3200 Meter run as well, and it was another medal sweep by Orange County teams.

Eli Peveto of Little Cypress-Mauriceville won the gold medal with a time of 10:23.33, while teammate Rayce Piper secured the silver with a time of 10:42.31 and Bridge City’s Kyler Morse won the bronze with a time of 10:57.35.

Finalists in the boys 100 meter dash include Dylan Westbrook, Orangefield, Hunter Denton, Bridge City; Keion Hancock, WO-S; Trey Guillory, LC-M; and Teshaun Teel, WO-S.

In the boys 200 meter dash, participants in the finals are Hunter Denton, Bridge City; Dylan Westbrook, Orangefield; Teshaun Teel, WO-S; and Kavyn Cooper, WO-S.

The field in the boys 400 meter dash includes Kevin Richard, WO-S; Hunter Denton, Bridge City; Antonio Richard, WO-S; Jaylen Powdrill, WO-S; and Ryan Deutsch, Orangefield.

The boys 110 hurdles field will feature Brandon Scoggin, Orangefield; Ja’Coven Hinson, WO-S; Lane Rach, Orangefield; Rufus Joseph, WO-S; and Gage Spence, LC-M.

Finalists in the boys 300 hurdles are Chaka Watson, WO-S; Gage Spence, LC-M; Rufus Joseph, WO-S; Kayne Williams, LC-M; and Ja’Coven Hinson, WO-S.

The boys team standings, following Tuesday’s field events and heading into the finals of the running events on Thursday, are as follows: Little Cypress-Mauriceville, 60 points; Bridge City, 35; Hardin-Jefferson, 35; Hamshire-Fannett, 34; West Orange-Stark, 23; Silsbee, 15; Orangefield, 14.

The running finals are scheduled to be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at Silsbee High School.