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Frisco Centennial's Ranthony Texada earns first trip to state meet at Class 4A region II meet
ARLINGTON — Frisco Centennial senior Ranthony Texada went to practice every day this spring with one goal in mind — win Saturday’s Class 4A Region II 100 meters and get his first trip to the state meet in Austin. The TCU football signee can check that box. Texada won the 100 at UTA’s Maverick Stadium with a time of 10.65.
“I was eliminated at regional last year,” Texada said. “I focused more and set it as a goal. I thought about it every day at practice. It helped me keep working hard.”
The 5-10, 163-pound Texada had to hold off one of the state’s other top football players as Mount Pleasant’s Kadarrius Cannon — the highly rated receiver in the Class of 2014 — ran a 10.74. They’ll face one of the country’s top sprinters at the state meet in defending 4A state champ Cameron Burrell, the son of former Olympic gold medal sprinter Leroy Burrell.
Another Lancaster title: Defending girls state champ Lancaster was challenged more than usual by Highland Park and Frisco Heritage, but a second-place finish in the 4x400 catapulted Lancaster to another regional championship.
A program with nine state titles, Lancaster was led by senior Eboni Coby, who won the 100 (11.73). Lancaster took first place in the 4x200 relay.
Coby rallied past second place Little Elm’s Marika Brown (11.80) in the final 20 meters to win the 100. A third-place state finisher last year, Brown won the 200 gold medal.
Highland Park girls second: Texas signee Mary Beth Hamilton won the 800 with a time of 2:14.02, and sophomore Gabby Crank was second (2:14.49). Crank was fourth at state last season.
Junior Natalie Rathjen won the 1,600 with a 4:59.79, holding off a strong charge down the stretch from Bryan Adams’ Abigail Cartwright (4:59.90). Rathjen won the 3,200 (10:46.25) on Friday. Rathjen was second at state last year in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200.
Top performances: Forney junior Kiana Hawn won both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She finished second in both events at the state meet as a sophomore. Hawn’s 42.62 in the 300 isn’t her personal best, but it’s definitely a state-contending time. … Texas High and Lincoln dueled in the 4x100 and 4x200. Texas High won the 4x100 with a 41.128, compared with Lincoln’s 41.130. In the 4x200, Texas High ran a strong 1:25.47 to edge Lincoln’s 1:26.43. … Defending state champion Lancaster had Desmond Anderson (48.52) and Eric Age (48.87) take first and second in the 400, and junior Lafiel Smith ran a notable 37.88 to win the 300. … Frisco Heritage’s relay of Courtney Bostic, Krystal Doggett, Shannon Williams and Tori Tripp edged Lancaster in the 4x400 with multiple lead changes. … Mount Pleasant’s Cannon finished second in the 200 behind Texas High’s highly rated junior receiver Kevin Harris, who helped Texas High tie with Lancaster for the boys regional team title. Harris ran one the state’s fastest times this season at 21.03.