Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Liberty Christian wins TAPPS boys state track title
Ursuline finishes second to FW Nolan in 5A girls competition
WACO — One gold medal usually isn’t enough to win a track meet.
But Argyle Liberty Christian scored consistently throughout the day and won the boys Class 5A team title in the TAPPS state track meet held Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex.
Liberty Christian finished the two-day event with 101 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Austin St. Michael’s 68 points. Fort Worth Nolan Catholic placed third with 65 points.
“We came in with the expectation to win, and our kids performed well,” Liberty Christian coach Trent Vest said. “Gold medals are great, but the most important thing for us is the team sport.”
Liberty Christian’s solitary first-place finish occurred in the 4x400 relay. John Aaron Howell ran neck-and-neck with Jameson Houston of St. Michael’s and Anthony Morgan of Plano Prestonwood Christian in the final 200 meters. But Howell managed to pull away at the finish line and led Liberty Christian to a winning time of 3:26.10.
“I knew that I had to catch them to get the gold,” Howell said. “My teammates had pushed me all season, and I wanted to win it for them.”
Liberty Christian also collected silver medals in the 4x100 relay (42.94) and 4x200 relay (1:28.15). Bishop Dunne placed first in the 4x100 (42.88).
Collin Heard, who ran a leg on Bishop Dunne’s championship 4x100 relay team, finished first the 200 meters (22.50) and third in the 400 meters (51.26).
In girls Class 5A action, Ursuline Academy finished second in the 4x400 relay (4:01.84) and held on for the runner-up spot in the team standings with 107 points. Fort Worth Nolan Catholic took the title with 118.5 points.
“We maxed out the points we expected,” Ursuline coach Jon Moody said. “After a good run of four in a row, we’re real happy with second place.”
Belle MacFarland paced the Ursuline squad with a gold medal in the 300-meter hurdles (46.64) and a silver in the 100-meter hurdles (15.69). Teammate Dominique Hever placed first in the 100 meters (15.59).