SPRINGTOWN — Glen Rose High School has three girls and one boy who will be competing Friday and Saturday in Lubbock in the Region I-4A track and field meet after qualifying last Wednesday, April 19, in the area meet at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown.
Lady Tigers Ally Andress, Shalyn Wedel and Jaylan Evans qualified for the girls regional event, and Yuri White advanced in the boys division. The top four in each event qualify to advance to the regional level.
Andress won first place in both the high jump (5-4) and the triple jump (36-08.50). The junior, who also qualified for the area meet as part of the Glen Rose 4 x 200-meter relay team, was a sliver medalist in the high jump last year at the state meet.
It was the second year in a row Andress has won the area meet in the high jump. She holds the GRHS girls record in the event, at 5-8.
“I’m proud of myself,” Andress said of advancing to regional again. “I wasn’t nervous. I got the right mentality. I used my speed to carry my weight over the bar.
“It’s very mental, more than it is like a skill. I can see myself really competing at state this year.”
The triple jump distance for Andress was her best-ever in that event, eclipsing her previous-best 38-08.50.
Wedel, a sophomore, also advanced in two events. She was fourth, just behind Evans in the pole vault, and also fourth in the 400-meter dash (1:02.65).
Evans cleared 7-6 to grab third place in the high jump, winning a jump-off with Wedel. Wedel’s top height was 7-3. The winner, Talynn Perry of Mineral Wells, reached 8-6.
This marked the fourth time Evans has qualified for the area meet in pole vault. She was sixth there last year as a junior.
“I’m really excited to finally make it to regional,” said Evans, who noted that her personal-best was 8 feet a couple of weeks earlier. “I can probably do better (at regional) than what I did today.”
Wedel, a sophomore who also qualified for the area meet last season, said she was excited and nervous.
“Last year I cleared 8 feet,” Wedel said. “It’s going to be a good competition (at regioanal) at make me do better.”
White placed third in the boys shot put with a distance of 44-00.25. Teammate Matt Willis was seventh with 42-04.75.
“Hard work pays off,” said White, who completed his second year on the varsity. “I thank coach (Terry) Harlin for helping me.”
White said he has competed in shot put three years, and his best-ever was 45 feet.
The other Glen Rose area qualifier in the boys division, Dakota Paschall, finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.38 seconds. David Howeth of Mineral Wells won in 10.75.
The Lady Tigers who competed on the 4 x 200 relay were Valeria Castro, Rachel Buren, Andress and Annie Bryant. They finished sixth with a time of 1:49.70. Kennedale posted a winning time of 1:29.25.
Taylor Fellers, competing for the Lady Tigers in the girls 800-meter run, took sixth place with a time of 2:32.96. The winner, Hope Drury of Alvarado, posted a time of 2:22.95.
Breanna Baker of Glen Rose, who competed in the girls 1,600-meter run, was seventh with a time of 6:00.83. She earned second place at the district meet. Alvarado’s Emily Garcia won it in 5:12.69.
Glen Rose placed seventh in the oveall girls team standings with 37 points. Waxahachie Life School won the girls division with 125 points. The GRHS boys placed 13th with 7 points. Alvarado won with 85 points.