It may have only been a first step, but it was a quick one for some of the Glen Rose High School track and field performers.
At the District 8-4A track meet held April 4-5 at Midlothian Heritage, Glen Rose athletes set four records, and 13 qualified to advance to the area meet.
The next step is the area meet April 18 at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown. The top two finishers in each event will advance to the Region I-4A meet in Lubbock April 27-28.
Among the nine GRHS girls who will compete April 18 at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown at the area meet are four who broke the existing GRHS records. Breanna Rosentreter’s winning shot put distance of 35 feet, 3 inches is a record, as is the third-place time of 11:57.72 for Jocelyn Mims in the girls 3,200-meter run.
Both of the Lady Tigers’ entries in the girls 800-meter run wiped out the school record in that event. Alexis Mims, twin sister of Jocelyn, won the 800 with a time of 2:26.10. Teammate Avery Turner was second and also beat the old mark, with a time of 2:28.19. Both are sophomores.
“I felt real nervous, but excited at the same time,” Alexis Mims said, noting that she hopes to reach her goal of 2:20 in the 800. “I am excited about the whole track season. I want to go to regional, and maybe go to state.”
Turner said, “I just hope I get to regional. It will be exciting. I do think I can cut more time off.”
Turner noted that the windy conditions at the district meet hampered the times, but she hopes to be able to run a 2:30 again, as she had done when she was in junior high.
GRHS senior Drayden James led the boys squad, qualifying in the 1,600-meter relay, plus the 300-meter hurdles (first place with a time of 41.04 seconds.
Glen Rose High School's area track and field qualifiers (those placing in the top four in each event at the District 8-4A meet at Midlothian Heritage April 4-5) are:
BOYS: Chance Hatfield (400, 1,600 relay); Drayden James (300 hurdles, 1,600 relay); Brick Umphress (1,600 relay); Jett Gould (1,600 relay).
GIRLS: Alexis Mims (800-meter run, 1,600 relay); Avery Turner (800, 1600 relay); Jocelyn Mims (3,200); Laiken McAnear (300 hurdles); Breanna Baker (1,600 relay); Lilla Boyett (1,600 relay); Breanna Rostentreter (shot put); Ally Andress (high jump); Shalyn Wedel (pole vault); “I was very pleased with our district performances,” GRHS girls track coach Sandy Langford said. “Everybody pretty much got PRs (personal records).”
Langford noted the fact that even though school records were broken in four events, two of them did not win district titles because of the overall strength of competition in the district.
“That says a lot about the district meet, when we had four on the team break school records,” Langford said. “Some of them got third. It’s crazy how competitive our district is. The main thing is, we’re getting a lot faster and stronger.”
Langford said that both Alexis Mims and Turner have posted times that rank in the top four in Region I.
On the other end of the age spectrum for GRHS is senior Ally Andress, who is seeking her third consecutive trip to the state meet in the girls high jump. She won last year’s state crown, and took home the sliver medal in 2016 as a sophomore.
“I’m excited. Now that I’ve been there, it puts more drive in me to do it again,” said Andress, a 5-foot, 11-inch multisport all-state standout who has signed a letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Texas A&M University.
Andress said her best high jump mark ever was a 5-8 her sophmore year, and feels she could reach 5-10 under ideal conditions.
“I want to improve my jumps,” Andress said. “I want to try to get my PR again.
Asked about her competitive nature in sports ranging from volleyball and basketball to track, she said that the competition at the bigger meets is more fun for her now.
“I feel like it lets me jump higher,” she said. “It’s all about the mental aspect — not to let yourself get psyched out.”
400-meter run — 6. Alexis Mims 66.79.
800 — 1. Alexis Mims 2:26.10; 2. Avery Turner 2:28.19.
1,600 — 6. Jocelyn Mims 5:53.88.
3,200 — 3. Jocelyn Mims 11:57.72.
100 hurdles — 6. Laiken McAnear 16.72.
300 hurdles — 4. Laiken McAnear 50.08; 6. Breanna Baker 51.63.
400 relay — 5. GRHS (Anne Chapman, Valeria Castro, Hailey Ibarra, Ally Andress) 53.92.
800 relay — 5. GRHS (Lilla Boyett, Valeria Castro, Shalyn Wedel, Ally Andress) 1:53.46.
1,600 relay — 4. GRHS (Breanna Baker, Lilla Boyett, Alexis Mims, Avery Turner) 4:20.03.
Shot put — 1. Breanna Rosentreter 35-3; 5. Tatum Stegint 31-6 1/2.
High jump — 1. Ally Andress 5-4.
Pole vault — 3. Shalyn Wedel 8-6.
Triple jump — 6. Ally Andress 34-6 1/4.
100 — 6. Dakota Paschall 11.40.
200 — 6. Garrett Gilbreath 23.78.
400 — 1. Chance Hatfield 51.65.
110 hurdles — 6. Drayden James 16.19.
300 hurdles — 1. Drayden James 41.04.
1,600 relay — GRHS (Brick Umphress, Chace Hatfield, Drayden James, Jett Gould) 3:27.68.
Discus — 5. Jess Niedziela 112-3.