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Skyline senior earns two state berths at Class 5A Region II meet
WACO — Bre’Yana Wash looked like she was going to get passed and left behind in the last leg of the 4x100 relay Saturday.
But the senior anchor dug in and found a late burst of speed to carry the Skyline relay to the Class 5A Region II championship in 46.64 seconds at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex.
“She kind of builds up the energy,” Skyline coach William Mitchell said. “She’s a fighter and competitor, and she does whatever she has to to win.”
The 4x100 relay was the second event in which Wash earned a state berth. Earlier in the day, she jumped 19 feet, three-fourths inches to win the girls long jump.
The Louisville signee needed only one good jump to win, beating Austin Westlake’s Corinne Grandcolas, who jumped 18-61/2.
Wash was last year’s 5A state runner-up in the long jump, falling a half-inch shy of the gold medal. She’s been itching for another shot at it.
“Every time I jump I see that little dot in my head, because that’s how much I lost by last year,” Wash said. “I don’t want it to happen again. There are no second chances now.”
Wash also anchored Skyline’s 4x200 and 4x400 relays. She made up ground in both events but wasn’t able to get either relay into state. Skyline took fourth in the 4x200 and third in the 4x400.
The Skyline girls finished second in the team standings, six points behind The Woodlands.
Local pair advances in discus: Two area athletes reached the finals of the boys discus, and the same two will be heading to their first state meet in Austin.
Jesuit’s Paden Gatlin and North Mesquite’s Aaron Akens ran away with the top two spots. Gatlin took first place with a throw of 173 feet, 2 inches; Akens took second with his throw of 168-5.
College Park’s Jayvon Jackson took third place at 165-6 — nearly three feet behind Akens.
“I was coming off of an injury last year so it’s good to get back into it and be doing well,” said Gatlin, a senior who missed last year’s postseason with a back injury.
Gatlin has been getting used to overwhelming victories. He won the District 9-5A meet by more than 20 feet. Then he won the area meet by more than 26 feet with a season-best throw of 175-10.
Akens, a junior, similarly crushed the field at his area meet, throwing 172-0 to win by more than 13 feet.
Despite that dominance, his confidence wasn’t too high coming into regionals.
“I was really nervous,” Akens said with a broad smile.
Briefly: McKinney Boyd freshman Aaliyah Miller took second in the girls 400 and 800 meters to advance to state in both. She finished the 400 in 55.40 seconds, three-hundredths of a second behind Rowlett’s Travia Jones and three-hundredths of a second ahead of Longview’s Amber Redic. … South Garland’s Brandon Moore won the boys 800 with a time of 1:52.54 and took second in the 400 to advance in both events. … The Garland boys and girls advanced in the 4x200 relay. The girls won in 1:38.48; the boys finished second in 1:26.64.