The Melissa High School Lady Cardinal Track and Field team competed last weekend in the UIL Region 2-4A Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M Commerce.
The team tied for 3rd place and travels to the UIL State Track and Field Meet next week at the University of Texas.
Senior Priscilla Adejokun set a Region 2-4A meet record in shot put, and broke her own school record, with a put of 44’11.25″. This gold medal performance advanced Adejokun to state.
Senior Maddie Kane ran a season’s of 45.27 in the 300m hurdles, taking the gold medal with a lean. Kane heads to state for the third consecutive season in this event.
In the 100m dash, senior Karrington Lewis broke her own school record at 12.03, capturing the silver medal and advancing to state. Senior Bryanna Hernandez placed 4th overall, and nearly broke her own record with a 12.39.
The Lady Cardinal 4x400m Relay team comprised of Gill Gray, Maddie Kane, Erin Eichel, and Karrington Lewis, plus alternates Natalie Courtney and Ashanti Johnson. The team set a new school record in the prelims at 3:58.9, and finished 4th in arguably the toughest Region in Class 4A, which will most likely collect all three medals at state.
Senior Gill Gray ran her season’s best of 57.76 in the 400m dash prelims, and placed 5th in the finals after a long day of prelims and triple jump finals the night before.
Senior Priscilla Adejokun placed 5th in discus with a throw of 121’2″.
Freshman Alison Kocsis finished 10th in the 3200m run in her first regional appearance.
The Lady Cardinal 4x200m Relay team comprised of Natalie Courtney, Ashanti Johnson, Erin Eichel, and Karrington Lewis, plus alternates Joy and Patti Sparks. The team represented Melissa well in a loaded field of competitors, finishing 13th.
Senior Gill Gray made the finals in the triple jump with a jump of 35’4.5″.
Junior Marisa Brunson finished her season with a great effort in pole vault.
Freshman Brenna Sheriff hurdled to a personal best of 16.59 in the 100m hurdles in her first regional appearance.
“Our team started on this journey in September of 2016, some never stopped after State in 2016,” said Coach Ted Mackey. “Needless to say, our student-athletes put in many hours, early mornings, late practices, late meets, cold meets, rainy meets, and yes, hot meets throughout this long process. We are truly thankful for each student-athlete, manager, videographer, teacher, staff member, parent, administrator, board member, booster club member, and our amazing Melissa community!”
Contributor: Ted Mackey
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations