The track and field season is just beginning to heat up for the Glen Rose High School boys and girls teams. Both the Lady Tigers and the Tigers were scheduled to compete Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Brock High School meet.
Glen Rose will be the host of its own track meet, the Tiger Relays, on March 19.
GRHS head girls track coach Sandy Langford and head boys track coach Jeff Pair both have multiple standouts who could be threats to advance to the regional level and possibly beyond this season.
Among the key performers for Lady Tigers are: junior Jocelyn Mims, a two-time regional qualifier in long distance events who has also qualified for the state cross country meet twice; Kylie Frush, who missed going to state by one inch last year in the triple jump; and sophomore Zaidy Mills, a regional finalist from a year ago who will compete in long jump and relays, as well as the 200 and triple jump.
“Senior Avery Turner is back in the 800 and mile. She is faster and stronger than last year,” Langford stated. “Kennedy Bunt, who is going to college on a track scholarship, will be someone to watch this year in shot put.”
Langford also noted that Jocelyn Mims “hit off (the) season hard this year and has gotten stronger, more explosive, and has been working on the sprint side of distance running.”
Langford stated that Frush is also “very fast and is on all relays,” and Mills “is very fast in the open 200 as well. Junior Alexis Mims will be running the 800 and mile relay. We have a few freshmen joining the varsity track team who we expect great things.”
Langford also mentioned Emma Miller and Madeliene Kirkley as sprinters, Mignon Miller in the distance events, and Callyn Miller in the pole vault.
Pair indicated that his top boys who appear to have the most potential include relay runners Zach Douglas, Cory Aper, Tegan Stewart, Austin Worthen, Caden Smith, and Reagan Rodriguez; long distance runners Matt Hammonds and Colby Pounds; and Sammy Aldriedge in shot put and discus. Worthen also should be a strong contender in the long jump.
After the Glen Rose meet, the Lady Tigers and Tigers will compete in the district meet, April 1-2 and Brownwood, against Godley, Mineral Wells, Stephenville and Brownwood. The area meet is set for April 15 in Mineral Wells.
Regional qualifiers will compete April 24-25 in Lubbock, and the state meet is slated for May 8-9 in Austin.