By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Tigers Track and Field varsity teams headed across US 190 to Copperas Cove to compete at the 2016 District 12-6A Track Meet, held at Bulldawg Stadium last week.
Harker Heights won the boys’ division with 174 points. Killeen Shoemaker finished second (114), Waco Midway finished third (114), Killeen placed fourth (88), followed by the Tigers in fifth (77), Killeen Ellison (40) and Copperas Cove (34).
Killeen Ellison won the girls’ division with 125 points. Harker Heights finished second with 116 points, followed by Copperas Cove (96), Killeen Shoemaker (83), the Lady Tigers (82), Waco Midway (63) and Killeen (55).
Here are the Belton boys’ top six results:
400-Meter Dash-Isaac Rodriguez, third place, 50.17.
800-Meter Run-Soren San Miguel, fourth place, 2:01.26.
1,600-Meter Run-Logan Zwerneman, fifth place, 4:44.27 and Christian Loyola, sixth place, 4:44.50.
3,200-Meter Run-Christian Loyola, fifth place, 10:18.58.
110-Meter Hurdles-Will Watson, first place, 14.33.
300-Meter Hurdles-Will Watson, first place, 37.42.
4 X 100-Meter Relay-Belton (team of Peyton Mansell, Davion Peoples, Logan Collins and Chandler Vela), sixth place, 43.82.
4 X 200-Meter Relay-Belton (team of Garrison Vaughn, Peyton Mansell, Chandler Vela and Logan Collins), sixth place, 1:31.06.
4 X 400-Meter Relay-Belton (team of Soren San Miguel, Isaac Rodriguez, Will Watson and Davion Peoples), third place, 3:23.35.
Discus-Reagan Chapman, fourth place, 134-6.
Triple Jump-Will Watson, fourth place, 44-4.
High Jump-Garrison Vaughn, first place, 6-4, Davion Peoples, second place, 6-4 and Christian Pedigo, sixth place, 6-0.
Pole Vault-Matt Mahler, fourth place, 12-0.
“I was very proud of the way our kids competed,” Belton head coach Mike Morgan said. “We qualified a lot of hardworking kids to the area meet and all except for two will be back next year. We took over 85 kids to the meet in three divisions. We had several sophomores on the varsity, which hurt our JV team, but our freshmen did a great job winning the district championship in their division. We swept several events at the freshmen and JV level which is tough to do. I was very pleased with our varsity district champions. Will Watson continued his great season in both hurdle races and Garrison Vaughn did a fantastic job winning the high jump as a sophomore.”
Here are the Lady Tigers’ top six finishes:
200-Meter Dash-Destiny Thompkins, fifth place, 26.64.
1,600-Meter Run-Brooke Gilmore, second place, 5:19.02 and Olivia Houlden, fourth place, 5:29.23.
3,200-Meter Run-Brooke Gilmore, first place, 11:25.74 and Olivia Houlden, second place, 11:32.53.
“Both girls competed very well in the District meet,” Belton assistant coach Holly Lamberte said. “They look very good going into the Area Meet to compete for a Regional spot.”
100-Meter Hurdles-Sela Anderson, sixth place, 16.37.
300-Meter Hurdles-Mickayla Johnson, fourth place, 48.27 and Katie Bain, sixth place, 48.96.
4 X 100-Meter Relay-Belton (team of Destiny Thompkins, Bre Lewis, Katie Bain and Mickayla Johnson), sixth place, 49.77.
4 X 200-Meter Relay-Belton (team of Destiny Thompkins, Mickayla Johnson, Katie Bain and Bre Lewis), fifth place, 1:45.66.
4 X 400-Meter Relay-Belton (team of McKenna Thompson, Sarah Martinez, Khallyl Hodges and Aliyah Bunch), fifth place, 4:11.39.
Long Jump-Courtney Altenberg, fourth place, 17-1 ¼.
Triple Jump-Courtney Altenberg, second place, 36-4.
High Jump-Jamie Janczak, second place, 5-2, and Abbey Morgan, sixth place, 4-10.
Shot Put-Delaney Pressley, third place, 36-4 ½.
Pole Vault-Aspen Thomas, fifth place, 7-6.
The Lady Tigers competed in the Pole Vault event without standout vaulter Claire Woodson.
“Obviously it was terrible to lose Claire Woodson to a torn ACL for the second time in her four years with us,” Belton assistant coach Jason Moffett said. “She is an exceptional vaulter and always has been. She would have easily won the district meet if she had been healthy. We will miss her a great deal next year as she continues her career at Incarnate Word. We had one other girl, Aspen Thomas who stepped in and vaulted for us this year. She is a sophomore who had never vaulted before. She started the year as a J.V. vaulter and showed a great deal of promise and improvement through the first few meets. We moved her up to Varsity a couple of weeks before the District Meet because we felt that she would have a chance to score points and possible qualify for Area. She wound up in fifth place at District, and just missed Area qualification by the slimmest of margins. She did an outstanding job and we are looking forward to working with her next year.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our girls at the District 12-6A track meet,” Lady Tigers head track coach Denise Petter said. “They have worked so hard this season and it paid off with great finishes in all divisions. I am very pleased with the group of young athletes that ran this year and have high hopes for the future. Our senior leadership was outstanding this year and they have left big shoes to fill.
The top fourth individual placements return to Copperas Cove on April 21 for the Area Meet, which features athletes from District 11-6A and 12-6A.