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By James McAfee
SAN ANGELO—Munday senior Carlie Willison swept the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races to earn three gold medals last week in the Region II Class 1A track meet at LaGrand Stadium at Angelo State University. As a result, Willison qualified for the state meet scheduled for May 8th at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.
Willison won the 800 with a time of 2:29.89, less than a second ahead of Alliyah Harrison. Willison’s sister, Allie, finished seventh at 2:43.34. Carlie Willison then claimed the 1,600 with a time of 5:40.56 and the 3,200 with a time of 12:10:25. Teammates Karley Myers and Jacklyn Diaz were fifth and eighth in the 3,200 with 13:35.22 and 14:27.09 times, respectively.
Joining her in Austin will be fellow senior Ashia Swearengin, who won the discus with a throw of 114-9, almost three feet longer than Emily Bunger of Rankin. She also finished fourth in the shot put with a 33-11 effort.
“I feel these two seniors will have an opportunity to reach the medal stand in their respective events in Austin,” said Munday Coach Karon Martinson. “Both are in the state’s top 5 in Class 1A participants.”
Thanks to the 30 points from Carlie, the Mogulettes shared fourth place with Blackwell with 45.66 points. Irion County took the title with 71.33 points while Cross Plains had 60 and Buena Vista 54.5.
Senior Alexa Vega finished eighth in the long jump at 14-10.5, 12th in the 200 at 28.33, failed to reach the finals of long jump, and ran a leg on the 4×200 relay unit. Junior Maria Sanchez and sophomores Ella Hunter and Brice Thompson joined Vega.
Kassy Reyes cleared 7-0 for share of seventh in the pole vault.
The Moguls’ 4×400 relay unit of Christopher Garcia, Keon Taylor, Junior Martinez and Christian Hernandez finished fourth with a time 3:37.08 in the finals. Earlier, the unit placed fifth in the prelims with a 3:45.69.
Coach Justin Josselet reported that Kelton Carver cleared a personal best of 11-0 to finish seventh in the pole vault.
Garcia finished fourth in the 400 with a 54.09 time with teammate Hernandez 12th. Hernandez also was 12th in the long jump at 18-5. Corbin Rogers’ throw of 42-9 earned fifth in the shot put. Jaxon Bowman claimed seventh in the 800 with a 2:13.89 and ? in the 1,600. Martinez placed 16th in the triple jump at 36-3.
The Moguls finished with 14.20 points for 15th place. Rankin edged Sterling City, 92-81, for the title.