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TAPPS track and field: Argyle Liberty boys, Bishop Lynch girls put depth on display to bring home 5A crowns
WACO — Argyle Liberty Christian started strong and finished strong. After scoring 42 points on the first day of competition, Liberty Christian totaled 113 points to win the boys Class 5A TAPPS state track meet held at the Hart-Patterson Sports Complex.
“We stayed on track, and as the day went on, we moved ahead of schedule,” said coach Trent Vest.
Liberty Christian began the day by winning the 4x100 relay (42.35). Carson Dowdle padded the lead with a gold medal in the 100 meters (10.62), and Bishop Dunne’s Kwatavious Jones finished second (10.90)
Bishop Dunne, which placed third with 66 points, picked up another first in the 200 meters as Collin Heard set a state record with a 21.40. His time shattered the old mark of 21.88 set in 2008 by Episcopal’s Alex Henderson.
“I knew everybody in Austin was going to run a fast time, so I had to do something similar,” Heard said.
Plano John Paul II’s Cameron Meziere garnered golds in both hurdles events, running the 110-meter race in 14.27 and the 300 in 39.04.
In girls 5A, Bishop Lynch emulated Liberty Christian en route to the title with 114 points. Ursuline totaled 81 points and finished third.
After posting 60 points Friday, Bishop Lynch continued to roll Saturday with a silver medal in the 4x100 relay (49.12).
Erin Wrozek aided the effort by placing second in the 800 meters (2:24.78), and Cori Steele garnered a bronze in the 400 meters (59.57). Bishop Lynch wrapped up the crown with a gold medal in the 4x400 relay (4:01.26).
“I wasn’t that optimistic yesterday,” Bishop Lynch coach Billy Clark said. “But my team did exactly what they had to do.”
Bishop Dunne’s Mackenzie Frank set a record in the 5A 300 hurdles (45.94), breaking the mark of 46.06 set by Lindsey Blanchette of Sugar Land Fort Bend Baptist in 2005.
In 4A girls, Grapevine Faith’s Emory Cason captured gold medals in the 100 meters (12.49), 200 (25.17) and 400 (57.54). Cason also won the long jump (18-5).
Colleyville Covenant Christian placed first in both boys and girls Class 3A, with the boys totaling 82 points and the girls 144 points.
On the boys side, Covenant Christian won the 4x400 relay (3:29.03) and placed second in the 4x100 (43.88). Brooks Friedman collected a gold medal in the 300 hurdles (40.64), and Cameron Savage placed first in the 200 (22.28).
Covenant Christian’s girls captured three relay medals, taking a gold in the 4x100 (50.96) and silvers in the 4x200 (1:48.81) and 4x400 (4:11.22).
Kara Squires and Katherine Meadows won the 100 (12.41) and 100 hurdles (15.94), respectively. Jade Baker won the 200 (25.65) and 400 (57.87).