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Dove headlines area efforts with second at state in triple jump

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Tauskie Dove was the longest of long shots to finish his high school track and field career on a high note Friday at the UIL state track meet.

And yet, Ryan coach Janson Head had a good feeling about Dove’s chances to exceed expectations in the triple jump, where he was the wild card entry in a nine-competitor field.

Dove has spent much of high school competing on a big stage as a member of the school’s football program and come through in the clutch before.

 He did it one final time competing as an individual in track when he soared 46 feet, 7 inches to finish second in the Class 5A triple jump.

“We worked hard every day,” Dove said. “It feels good to finish it off well. I felt good today. I got some rest before the meet, got my mind right and was ready to compete.”

Dove’s performance was one of the highlights of an opening day at the state meet that also saw Adam Mendoza of Pilot Point defend his state title in the 800-meter run. Rylan Waldo of Ponder and Kaia Saylor of Aubrey also took home medals.

Dove focused on track following football season instead of playing basketball, a decision that paid off over the course of the spring. He worked with Ryan assistant and former North Texas standout Patrick Cobbs on improving his speed and carrying his momentum throughout his jump.

That work helped Dove qualify for the state meet. He finished third in Region I with a mark of 45-8 3/4 and qualified for state with the top mark outside of the eight automatic qualifiers who finished in the top two at their regional meets.

Region I was one of the toughest in the state in the triple jump. Dove’s best mark of the season ranked fifth heading into the state meet.

The work Dove did heading into state paid off. He set new personal bests on each of his first two jumps and wound up earning a medal at the state meet in his final track outing. He also improved his own school record.

Dove is headed to Tyler Junior College next season to continue his football career.

“It’s a great way for him to finish,” Head said. “This is the last time he will ever jump. He has been an exceptional all the way through. He deserves it.”

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Track and field: Raider boys, Braswell girls claim area title

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FORT WORTH — Two weeks ago, the Ryan boys won their district meet by 172 points. The Raiders showed no signs of slowing down Thursday, as they again blew away the competition en route to their second straight District 5-5A/6-5A area track and field title.

The Raiders racked up 155 team points while qualifying 11 individuals and three relay squads for the Class 5A Region I meet next Friday and Saturday in Lubbock. Aledo came in second with 85 points.

“[Winning the area meet] is icing on the cake,” Ryan coach Janson Head said. “Again, this is just a testament to these kids. We were spread out; I think we advanced all but one kid to regionals. You have no chance to win regionals if you don’t have kids there. We’ll have a lot of kids there.”

Not to be outdone, Braswell’s girls won their side of the area meet with 66 points. Aledo finished second with 60 points.

The secret to Ryan’s success has been balance. The Raiders were in second place after Day 1, trailing only Aledo by 11 points. They quickly made up that deficit on Day 2 and had built a comfortable lead going into the running events.

Ryan’s Stanley Nwosu won three gold medals. He won the 200 meters with a time of 21.81 and was on the first-place 400 and 800 relay teams. Jay Wilson won the high jump, and Kosi Eldridge advanced to regionals in the triple jump, long jump and discus. Eldridge was one of three Raiders who qualified in the triple jump.

“All the credit goes to coach Head. He’s the man behind the madness,” Nwosu said. “We can do it — we can be regional champs.”

Braswell girls claim first area title

Sitting fifth heading into the last event, Braswell girls coach Gary Brown knew his mile relay team had a shot to do well. He didn’t know how things would shake out in the end.

The Lady Bengals placed third in the meet’s final race and took home the first area title in Braswell’s short history by a mere six points, edging Aledo with a strong finish to the night.

A year ago, Braswell had one girl and the lone senior in the program, Kara Freeman, advance to the Region I track meet. This year, Braswell will have eight girls in Lubbock.

“It’s always dramatic when the mile relay has some weight to it,” Brown said. “I told all four of the girls that we needed points, and they all stepped up, accepted the challenge and made history for our program.

“I’m so proud of every single one of them and their efforts today. We have a young, talented program that works hard, and it has paid off.”

Braswell’s boys finished in the middle of the pack, placing eighth out of 15 teams. The Bengals will send five athletes to the regional, and they finished second behind Ryan in the 800 relay.

Denton’s Hensley continues to dominate

The Denton Broncos finished sixth on the boys side while the girls team finished 10th. Though it was a step down from the team’s showing at the district meet, coach Gary Roberson was pleased with the way things went Thursday.

“I’m very pleased with the overall performance of the team,” Roberson said. “This is one of the largest group of athletes we brought to the area meet in the last three years. We have a lot of young athletes on the team, so I’m proud of how we competed.”

Coming off of a district meet where she finished first in the 800, mile and two-mile races, Zoe Hensley continued her run of impressive performances.

Hensley finished second in the two-mile run, fourth in the mile and fifth in the 800, setting personal records across the board.

“Even though I didn’t place as well as I’d liked to, I still improved, so that’s good,” Hensley said. “This meet I didn’t focus on my time. I focused on trying to place well, which is ironic because I beat my times and didn’t place well, but it worked out.”

Adam Goff placed second in the two-mile run and just missed advancing to regionals in the mile, finishing fifth.

Those two, along with five relay teams and two other individuals, made a strong push for the regional meet.

“Region is the next level,” Roberson said. “We’re just going to fine-tune ourselves and get ready for that next level of competition.”

Boys team rankings

Ryan – 155

Aledo – 85

Haslet Eaton – 72

Saginaw Chisholm Trail – 69

Saginaw Boswell – 52.5

Denton – 43

Saginaw – 26

Braswell – 23

Justin Northwest – 22

Azle – 21

Fort Worth Brewer – 20

Wichita Falls Rider – 10

Sherman – 10

Denison – 9.50

Wichita Falls – 2

Girls team rankings

Braswell – 66

Aledo – 60

Northwest – 59

Sherman – 56

Saginaw – 56

Chisholm Trail – 55

Boswell – 54

Wichita Falls Rider – 53

Eaton – 44

Denton – 44

Denison – 29

Brewer – 20

Ryan – 11

Azle – 9

Wichita Falls – 4

Boys events (final)

3,200 meters – 1. Graydon Morris, Aledo, 9:31.09; 2. Adam Goff, Denton, 9:59.60; 3. Cody Drolet, Azle, 10:00.51; 4. Dominick Vastlik, Northwest Eaton, 10:03.08; 5. Jesus Ponce, Ryan, 10:41.90; 6. Joseph Herlin, Fort Worth Boswell, 10:53.97.

High jump – 1. Jay Wilson, Denton Ryan, 6-04. 2. Tyler Hardman, Boswell, J6-04. 3. Tony Tony-Itoyah, Denton, 6-01. 4. Spencer Sanders, Ryan, 6-00. 6. Mykel Anderson, Denison, J6-00. 6. River Jones, Boswell, 5-10.

Triple jump – 1. Tauskie Dove, Ryan, 46-0.75; 2. Kosi Eldridge, Ryan, 45; 3. Titus Swen, Eaton, 44-11.75; 4. Jordan Rucker, Ryan, 44-11.5; 5. Preston Whatley, Chisholm Trail, 44-07.25; 6. Bradley Crawford, Azle, 42-09.75.

Shot put – 1. Hayden Talley, Eaton, 48-09.75; 2. Caleb Hughes, Wichita Falls Rider, 47-0.5; 3. Nathan Omayebu, Sherman, 46-08.0; 4. Ricky Bribesca, Brewer, 46-0.75; 5. Taikorean Phillips, Rider, 45-09.5; 6. Joshua Baugh, Eaton, 45-08.5.

Long jump – 1. Jeffrey Carter, Aledo, 22-06.75; 2. Titus Swen, Northwest Eaton, 22-02.50; 3. Kosi Eldridge, Ryan, 21-09.50; 4. Tauskie Dove, Ryan, 21-07.50; 5. Bradley Crawford, Azle, 21-03.00; 6. Jordan Rucker, Ryan, 21-02.50.

Discus – 1. Cooper McDonald, Northwest, 159-02; 2. Kosi Eldridge, Ryan, 147-07; 3. Thomas Meeks, Boswell, 145-00; 4. Kobe Spence, Ryan, 140-10; 5. Zach Oyer, Ryan, 135-06; 6. Logan Escamillia, Aledo, 134-05.

Pole vault – 1. Ryan Brown, Aledo, 15-00; 2. Zach Davis, Aledo, J15-00; 3. James Doughtie, Northwest, 14-06; 4. Shay Condra, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 13-06; 5. Mike Steward, Denton, 13-00; 6. Preston Mackenzie, Ryan, 12-06.

400 relay – 1. Ryan (Billy Bowman Jr., Stanley Nwosu, Tray Smith, TJ Walker), 41.79; 2. Aledo, 41.94; 3. Denton (Xylohn Posey, Connor Shelly, Connor Roche, Elijah Thibodeaux), 42.88; 4. Eaton, 42.97; 5. Fort Worth Brewer, 43.09; 6. Azle, 43.12.

800 – 1. Jonathan Wainionpa, Eaton, 1:58.32; 2. David Aussenhofer, 1:59.68; 3. Kaleb King, Azle, 2:01.96; 4. Jacob Charske, Sherman, 2:02.14; 5. Ryan Harris, Brewer, 2:02.69; 6. Caleb Miller, Chisholm Trail, 2:05.32.

110 hurdles – 1. Nathan Franco, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 14.61; 2. Tyler Hardman, Fort Worth Boswell, 14.67; 3. Mateo Reyes, Denison, 15.12; 4. Jamarion Robertson, Ryan, 15.30; 5. Cino Sanchez, Ryan, 14.52; 6. Luke Jeskevic, Northwest Eaton, 15.64.

100 – 1. Jeffrey Carter, Aledo, 10.76; 2. TJ Walker, Ryan, 10.97; 3. Quinton Draine, Braswell, 11.06; 4. Roberto  Capa, Chisholm Trail, 11.10; 5. Curtis Taylor, Brewer, 11.13; 6. Malik Williams, Braswell, 11.28.

800 relay – 1. Ryan (Spencer Sanders, TJ Walker, Stanley Nwosu, DJ Allen) 1:28.70; 2. Braswell (Caleb Richardson, Jaeden Johnson, Quinton Draine, Ifeoluwasimi, Yessuf) 3. Eaton, 1:29.04; 4. Denton (Connor Roche, Connor Shelly, Elijah Thibodeaux, Xylohn Posey) 1:29.97.

400 – 1. Isaiah Chisholm Trail, 49.88; 2. Cedric Hooper, Chisholm Trail, 50.0; 3. Micah Johnson, Saginaw, 50.12; 4. Preston Whaley, Chisholm Trail, 50.46; 5. Andrew Byrd, Wichita Falls, 51.67; 6. Chris Jordan, Ryan, 52.04.

300 hurdles – 1. Tyler Hardman, Boswell, 39.06; 2. Travis Bradley, Brewer, 40.24; 3. Cino Sanchez, Ryan, 40.27; 4. Luke Jeskevic, Eaton, 40.30; 5. Nathan Franco, Chisholm Trail, 40.42; 6. Jamarion Robertson, Ryan, 42.06.

200 – 1. Stanley Nwosu, Ryan, 21.81; 2. Jevonta Guyette, Chisholm Trail, 22.53; 3. Gawin Williams, Aledo, 22.69; 4. Elijah Thibodeaux, Denton, 22.75; 5. Chris Jordan, Ryan, 22.9; 6. Tauskie Dove, Ryan, 23.05.

1,600  – Graydon Morris, Aledo, 4:22; 2. Dominick Vastlik, Eaton, 4:31.39; 3. Jacob Webster, Northwest, 4:32.93; 4. Cody Drolet, Azle, 4:33.24; 5. Adam, Denton, 4:33.39; 6. Ben McAfee, Denton, 4:50.89.

1,600 relay – 1. Saginaw, 3:21.96; 2. Boswell, 3:22.87; 3. Chisholm Trail, 3:23.20; 4. Ryan (Cino Sanchez, Kris Callaway, Tauskie Dove, Spencer Sanders) 3:23.54.

Girls events (final)

3,200  – 1. Andrea Acuna, Fort Worth Boswell, 11:16.65; 2. Zoe Hensley, Denton, 11:40.45; 3. Christyn Smith, Saginaw, 12:09.69; 4. Alex Pineda, Fort Worth Boswell, 12:15.36; 5. Sage Lancaster, Ryan, 12:30.70; 6. Kara Freeman, Braswell, 12:44.44.

High jump – 1. Jazzmine Harvey, Northwest, 5-06; 2. Simone Barren, Saginaw, 5-03; 3. Onikeh Gembeh, Braswell, 5-02; 4. Glory Dove, Fort Worth Boswell, 5-00; 5. Alex Brewster, Fort Worth Boswell, 4-10; 6. Tori Hallman, Denton, J4-10.

Triple jump –  1. A’Zhariah Veasy Wichita Falls Rider, 38-01.75. 2. Maliyah Butler, Denison, 37-04.50. 3. Aaliyah Tarver, Saginaw, 35-02.50. 4. Angel Edwards, Braswell, 34-08.75; 5. Isabella Moore, Fort Worth Boswell, 34-04.50; 6. Madison Tamjidi, Azle, 33-10.50.

Shot put – 1.  Breanna Wiliams, Eaton, 37-05. 2. Alaina Touchet, Aledo, 36-00. 3. Miley O’Dell, Northwest, 35-07.50. 4. Kaitlyn Dunn, Chisholm Trail, 34-02.25. 5. Jada Jackson, Wichita Falls, 33-06.25. 6. Jada Davis, Braswell 32-07.25.

Long jump – 1. Tysley Valencia, Aledo, 18-08; 2. Maliyah Butler, Denison, 18-03.25; 3. A’Zhariah Veasy, Wichita Falls, 17-02.75; 4. Zachareia Sommers, Denison, 16-11.50; 5. Aamiyah Davis, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 16-07.25; 6. Savanah Downing, Braswell, 16-05.75.

Discus – 1. Miley O’dell, Northwest, 116-05; 2. Kyra Webb, Brewer, 106-11; 3. Hailey White, Chisholm Trail, 102-08; 4. Bless Nakashama, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 102-08; 5. Jada Jackson, Wichita Falls, 95-06; 6. Jada Davis, Braswell, 93-07.

Pole vault – 1. Sierra White, Aledo, 12-00; 2. Allyn Tyer, Northwest Eaton, J12-00; 3. Catherine Simpkins, Fort Worth Brewer, J12-00; 4. Kyndal Payne, Northwest Eaton, 11-00; 5. D’Nai Massey, Denison, 10-06; 6. Brooke Kaszynski, Denton, 10-00.

400 relay – 1. Sherman, 48.07; 2. Eaton, 48.43; 3. Aledo, 48.54; 4. Denton (Candice Mongo, Katory Rogers, Emani Johnson, Ariel Tucker) 48.71.

800 – 1. Andrea Acuna, Boswell, 2:21.43; Ariana Garcia, Chisholm Trail, 2:23.91; 3. Kari Sosa, Boswell, 2:24.31; 4. Sam Konen, Boswell, 2:24.70; 5. Zoe Hensley, Denton, 2:25.52; 6. Sage Lancaster, Ryan, 2:32.16.

100 hurdles – 1. Kelaysia Holland, Braswell, 15.22; 2. Amani Lawrence, Saginaw, 15.49; 3. Cortni Adams, Braswell, 15.52; 4. Kamdyn Moody, Northwest, 15.59; 5. Bailey McCracken, Azle, 15.71; 6. Daylee Doggett, Northwest, 16.62.

100 – 1. Bria Bullard, Sherman, 12.00. 2. Sadi Giles, Sherman, 12.07. 3. Taziana Tubbs, Saginaw, 12.34. 4. Shakiah Randall, Chisholm Trail, 12.49. 5. Maliyah Butler, Denison, 12.79. 6. Raven Sorrell, Ryan, 12.94.

800 relay – 1. Chisholm Trail, 1:44.67. 2. Braswell (Savanah Downing, Angel Edwards, Tytiana Johnson, Cortni Adams), 1:45.49. 3. Denton (Diamond Gladney, Denre Harris, Candice Mongo, Katory Rogers), 1:45.89. 4. Aledo, 1:46.04. 5. Brewer, 1:46.98. 6. Azle, 1:49.16.

400 – A’Zhariah Veasy, Witchita Falls Rider, 58.32. 2. Lydia Lawrence, Aledo, 58.86. 3. Mahogany Smith, Ryan, 58.98. 4. Aja Wells, Chisholm Trail 59.56. 5. Jazzmine Harvey, Northwest, 1:00.59. 6. Devon Browning, Wichita Falls Rider, 1:01.11.

300 hurdles – 1. Taziana Tubbs, Saginaw, 46.31; 2. Kelaysia Holland, Braswell, 46.73; 3. Daylee Doggett, Northwest, 47.09; 4. Kamdyn Moody, Northwest, 47.46; 5. Bailey McCracken, Azle, 48.06; 6. Parker Hayes, Denison, 48.61.

200 – 1. Bria Bullard, Sherman, 24.96. 2. Sadi Giles, Sherman, 25.21. 3. A’Zhariah Veasy, Wichita Falls Rider, 25.75. 4. Tysley Valencia, Aledo, 26.36. 5. Summer Taylor, Eaton, 26.63. 6. Riley Harris, Chisholm trail, 26.78.

1,600 – 1. Andrea Acuna, Boswell, 5:16.90. 2. Christyn Smith, Saginaw, 5:30.64. 3. Victoria Rosas, Chisholm Trail, 5:31.88. 4. Zoe Hensley, Denton, 5:32.79. 5. Jacee Dinkins, Azle, 5:39.34. 6. Wimberley Wright, Ryan, 5:49.01.

1,600 relay – 1. Wichita Falls, 4:04.52. 2. Northwest, 4:07.25. 3. Braswell (Savanah Downing, Soledad Garcia, Kelaysia Holland, Izabella Klipsch), 4:08.13. 4. Denton (Diamond Gladney, Yasmine Johnson, Candice Mongo, Katory Rogers), 4:11.22. 5. Eaton, 4:11.47. 6. Boswell, 4:12.13.

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