As regional competition nears in track and field, the weather continues to play a factor.


As regional competition nears in track and field, the weather continues to play a factor.

Windy and cold conditions emerged for the Marietta Invitational on Friday, testing the area athletes that had grow accustom to the warmer days as of late.

“The wind out of the north was cold early on,” Plainview coach Jerry Naylor said. “It’s the only real poor day we’ve had all year.”

The meet wasn’t poor for Plainview’s girls, who won 10 events despite missing runners in distance and sprint relays.

Senior sprinter C.J. Hornback swept her two premier events (100- and 300-meter hurdles) and junior thrower Shannon Wilson won the discus and shot put, with a personal best in the shot of 38 feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Destiny Lawson of Plainview topped Fox’s Catie Spigner in the 200 dash. Fox secured two wins in the girls races — the 100 dash by Cierra Lofton and the 4x100 relay. Fox’s girls were Class A state champions in the 4x200 last season, but Plainview bested the Foxes in the event on Friday, winning in 1:51.29.

Madill had wins in the 4x400 (Lyndsey Carpenter, Brookyln Spence, Blaklyn Self and Cynthia Brown) and 4x800 relays (Carpenter, Spence, Brown and Lindsey Gregory). Brooklyn Spence also won the 800 run.

Mariah Gunter continued her strong season in the long jump for Tishomingo, winning with a 15-10. Payton Brewster had a personal best 15-1 1/2 for Plainview in the long jump, good enough for fourth place.

Other winners for Plainview included Alex Davis (1,600), Rebekah Hickman (3,200), Chloe Thompson (pole vault) and Abbie Wallace (high jump).

Balance in boys results

No team results reported in either boys or girls events, but the boys competition would have come down to the wire.

Six different schools had event winners, paced by Madill and Plainview, which posted four each. The only multiple event winner of the day was Tishomingo distance runner Logan Blackburn, who posted two of Tish’s three wins on the day in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

Madill excelled in the sprints behind 100 winner Caleb Muncrief and Tony Ibarra, who was first in the 400 over Dickson’s Richard Barnard. Caleb Fincher had Marietta’s lone win in the 110 hurdles, outpacing Lone Grove’s Cody Jones. Fincher and Jones were the only sub-16 second hurdlers.

Robert Torres and Ryan Hicks finished 1-2 in the 3,200 run for Plainview, which also got points in three events from McKenna Ray.
Ray won the 300 hurdles over Fincher, and was third in both the pole vault and the 110 hurdles. Plainview also got a personal best high jump of 6-6 from Gary Heller, who won the event.

Tanner Callihan of Plainview won the pole vault with a 15-0, with Marietta scoring in the event through Denver Sanders (second, 12-6) and Chaz Sanders (fourth, 11-6). Marietta also earned points in the 800 via Robert Valenzuela, who was second to Blackburn.
Davis (44.77) topped Madill (46.66) by nearly two seconds for the 4x100 title to break up the Wildcats’ relay dominance.