Written by SportsDayDFW.com
A look at SportsDayHS' 2013 all-area boys track and field team
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
CARTER BLUNT, FRISCO HERITAGE, FR.
At state meet: Finished sixth in both the 1,600 meters (4:21.79) and 3,200 (9:31.43).
Notable: Four of the five runners who finished ahead of Blunt in the 3,200 are seniors. Blunt finished in 23rd place at the 4A cross country meet last fall with a time of 16:42.38. His older brother, Clark Blunt, finished six seconds and five spots ahead of him.
COACH OF THE YEAR
AARON FORD, CELINA
At state meet: Led Celina to its second straight 3A team title with 54 points.
Notable: Ford is in his 11th year at Celina and first as the boys track and field coach. Celina scored 80 points to win state last year with senior standouts Zack Bilderback and Jordan Roos, who are now competing for Texas and Purdue, respectively. Ford made the most of several key returners and newcomers to help Celina repeat. Ben Thiel repeated as the 300 hurdles champion, and the 4x400 relay has won gold three years in a row.
BOYS FIRST TEAM
CELINA’S 4x400 RELAY
Members (in racing order): Micah Nelson, Nathan Elliott, Braylin Brown, Ben Thiel
At state meet: Took gold in the event for the third year in a row, winning by more than two seconds.
At state meet: Won bronze in the 200 and finished sixth in the 100. He was six-tenths of a second behind the 200 winner.
Notable: His time of 21.23 seconds in the 200 was his fastest of the season.
ARGYLE LIBERTY, SR.
At state meet: Won gold in the 100 in 10.62 seconds. Also anchored the 4x100 relay to gold, and the 4x200 to bronze.
Notable: Dowdle also plays for the baseball team that won a TAPPS 5A state title this season.
SOUTH GARLAND, SR.
At state meet: Qualified in both the 400 and 800 meters and took silver in the 800. He finished ninth in the 400.
Notable: Moore was South Garland’s first state representative since 2010.
At state meet: Won silver in the 800, the only event in which he competed. He finished the race in 1 minute, 58.94 seconds.
Notable: Montgomery won area championships in the 400 and 800.
SOUTHLAKE CARROLL, SR.
At state meet: Took silver in the 1,600, finishing four-tenths of a second behind SportsDay’s athlete of the year, Robert Domanic.
Notable: Gilley had the area’s fastest time in the 3,200, running 8:56.07 in April.
At state meet: Won silver in the 3,200, finishing six-hundredths of a second behind the winner. Also took bronze in the 1,600.
Notable: Munoz, competing in his third state meet, medaled for the first time.
At state meet: Won gold in the 300 hurdles and the 4x400 relay. Also earned a bronze medal in the 4x100.
Notable: Thiel has won eight medals in three years at the state meet: five gold, one silver and two bronze.
PLANO JOHN PAUL II, SR.
At state meet: Won gold in the 110 hurdles in 14.27 seconds and won gold in the 300 hurdles in 39.04 seconds.
Notable: Meziere’s 14.27 in the 110 hurdles broke the 13-year old TAPPS meet record of 14.53.
At state meet: Blew away the field in the discus with an opening throw of 179 feet, 1 inch. He won the event by more than 13 feet.
Notable: Aguilar is an offensive tackle for the football team and signed with Texas A&M.
At state meet: Won gold in shot put with a throw of 58-23/4, and finished fifth in the discus.
Notable: Finke took fourth place in the shot put at the 2012 state meet.
At state meet: Won gold in the high jump with a jump of 6-8. His season-best jump was 6-10 at the Bubba Joiner Invitational.
Notable: The Texas signee won his second straight gold medal in the high jump. He won silver as a sophomore.
MANSFIELD SUMMIT, SR.
At state meet: Won silver in the triple jump with a jump of 47-41/2. He was competing in his first state meet.
Notable: The U.S. paralympian will be competing in the national and world championships this summer.
At state meet: Earned silver in the triple jump with a jump of 48-93/4 on his sixth and final attempt.
Notable: Drayden, who is a Boise State signee, won district, area and regional championships in the triple jump.
ARLINGTON BOWIE, JR.
At state meet: Won silver in the high jump, clearing 6-10. Copperas Cove’s Cory Scott won gold with a jump of 7-0.
Notable: Gipson’s season-best jump was 6-11, which he cleared more than once.