Track and field: Cougars repeat at district
The Cy Creek girls had a championship repeat at the District 17-5A Track and Field Meet, and the Lady Cougars made it happen with 151 points, putting them just ahead of Cy-Fair (139), and the rest of the 10-team field, last week at Cy Ridge High School.
"We had an incredible meet and the team victory was something the girls were really shooting for," Cy Creek coach Thomas Hensley said. "They really buy into the team concept of track and field, and all of our girls, including the field event-only athletes, were present for the running finals to give support, and hopefully be part of the trophy presentation.
"I have to give credit to the Cy Fair, which had a phenomenal meet, and it made it even more exciting that (Cy-Fair coach) Tom Kennedy and I are good friends."
The Lady Bobcats led Cy Creek 135-131 heading into the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, but the Lady Cougars came away with first place and 20 points, and Cy-Fair finished fifth which was good for four.
"It came down to the last race, and after the 200 meters, Daina Harper had a calf cramping, and we didn't know if she could anchor the 1,600 relay," Hensley said. "But she was able to perform and lead us to victory in the race, and the meet."
In addition to teaming with Monique Curry, Leslie Schilsky and Madison Grazeidai for relay gold, Harper finished first in the 400 meters, second in the long jump and third in the 200 to advance to regionals in four events.
Schilsky added first places in the 800 meters and 300 hurdles, Tori Mack was first in the shot put and third in the discus, and Kristen Mitcham gave Cy Creek another gold in the pole vault.
The Lady Cougars also had Danielle Demas second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles, and had third places from Caitlenn Knox (triple jump), the 400 relay of Demas, Kalee Roberson, Jasmine Lewis and Charmele Holden, and the 800 relay of Roberson, Lewis, Knox and Holden.
All three Cy Creek relays advanced to regionals dispite the absence of standout sprinter Angie Curry, who missed district following a late-season injury.
"The third places by our 400 and 800 relays gave us 24 much-needed points," Hensley said, "and we were not expected to medal in those races."
Cy-Fair swept the top three places in the 3,200 and 1,600 with Sarah Peña winning the 3,200, Madeline Livergood first in the 1,600, Katie Boane second in 1,600 and third in 3,200, and Lauren Fritz second in 3,200 and third in 1,600.
"That is rarely done and speaks to the quality of Cy-Fair's program," Hensley said.
Elaine Jones, Adia White, Nicole Denby, Sydney Wandix gave the Lady Bobcats first places in the 400 and 800 relays, Jamari Watts was first in the discus and third in the shot put, and Wandix added a third in the 100 meters.
"Everybody performed to their potential on our team, but Cy Creek has an incredible team with top-notch athletes," Cy-Fair's Kennedy said. "It came down to the 1,600 relay, and (Cy Creek) came away with the win.
"Peña and our other distance runners had an outstanding meet, and Watts winning the discus was clutch."
Cy Falls' relays finished second with Alexandria Martin on all three, and joined by Tamar Perkins, Alliyah Powell and Kelsey Roy on the 400, Victoria Martin, Keyana Garcia and Powell on the 800, and Nandi Geter, Keon Roberson and Victoria Martin on the 1,600 foursome.
Alexis Austin gave Cy Falls dual golds by winning the triple and high jumps, and the Lady Eagles also had Roberson finish second in the 400 and 800, and third places from Sadalia Ellis (long jump) and Macy Moore (triple jump).
Cy Falls scored 109.5 point to place third as a team.