By Larry Lamb
CENTERVILLE –The Centerville Tigers defended their district track title but had the Lovelady Lions nipping at their heels when the District 20-2A meet culminated last Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers racked up 209 points, giving them a 16-point margin of victory over the Lions, who had 193 points. Groveton, which took second over Lovelady by just 1.5 points last year, was a distant third with 90 points. Latexo (52), Grapeland (29), Leon (20) and Slocum (1) rounded out the team standings.
The top four places advance to the area meet at Madisonville on Monday, April 18.
The Lions, who had multiple area qualifiers in six events, picked up six golds, seven silvers, five bronzes and a pair of fourth place finishes in the two-day meet.
Competition for field events and running prelims were held last Monday and running finals were Thursday.
Latexo had seven area qualifiers in four events and Grapeland will send athletes to area in three events.
Lovelady advanced to area in the following events:
200 dash- Cody Davis, first, 22.93.
400 dash- Jackson Jefferies, second, 52.46; Skylar Pipkin, third, 54.65.
110 hurdles- Shaun Easterling, second, 15.62.
300 hurdles- Keivon Skinner, third, 42.82.
4x100 relay- Alan Baskin, Cody Davis, Jackson Jefferies, Conner Martinez, first, 43.90.
4x200 relay- Alan Baskin, Cody Davis, Shaun Easterling, Keivon Skinner, second, 1:33.68.
4x400 relay- Alan Baskin, Seth Enos, Jackson Jefferies, Skylar Pipkin, second, 3:45.09.
Long jump- Keivon skinner, third, 19'-7 1/4"; Skylar Pipkin, fourth, 19'-4".
Shot put- Dayvian Skinner, first, 42'-2".
Discus- Eric Castillo, second, 129'-7"; Shaun Easterling, fourth, 118'-7 1/2".
Triple jump- Keivon Skinner, first, 39'-10 1/2"; Alan Baskin, third, 39'-0".
High jump- Shaun Easterling, first, 5'-8"; Keivon Skinner, second, 5'-6"; Brandon Fry, third, 5'-4".
Pole vault- Cole Harris, first, 12'-0"; Landen LeBlanc, second, 11'-6".
Latexo athletes qualifying for area were:
100 dash- Dakota Sherley, second, 11.22; Ashton Hargrove, third, 11.28.
200 dash- Dakota Sherley, third, 23.46; Ashton Hargrove, fourth, 23.68.
Long jump- Dakota Sherley, first, 20'-5"; Ashton Hargrove, second, 20'-0".
Triple jump- Dakota Sherley, second, 39'-4 1/2".
Advancing to area from Grapeland were:
100 dash- Cadarian Wiley, first, 11.12.
4x100 relay- Cadarian Wiley, Zacuriah Diaz, Riley Murchison, Omarian Wiley, third, 45.74.
Triple jump- Riley Murchison, fourth, 38-8 1/2".