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5A Region I track: Keller’s Dalquist keeps his distance
Senior leaves no doubt, easily wins 3,200, also takes 1,600 in Region I
LUBBOCK — As Keller senior Austen Dalquist pulled away during the fifth leg of the boys 3,200-meter race on a windy Saturday at Fuller Track, all he could think about was the sacrifices made to be in that moment.
“I just told myself I’ve got to give it everything I’ve got,” he said. “Ignore the conditions, ignore the circumstances and go for it.”
Dalquist won the race and the Class 5A Region I championship in 9:18.88, more than 10 seconds faster than his closest competitor. The Arkansas signee also took first in the 1,600-meter race.
Dalquist’s biggest concern was chasing off any last-second pushes.
“I knew I wanted to try to get [the race] out of the way before anybody could pull out a crazy kick,” he said, “so I tried to surge my way up, and I was happy that I was able to hold them off.”
Dalquist said the victory is a testament to his resiliency.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “All the work I’ve put in and all the failures I’ve experienced just makes this victory so much sweeter.”
The top two finishers in each event automatically advance to the state meet, May 9-10, at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The top third-place finisher out of the state’s four regions goes as a wild card in each event.
DeSoto keep rolling: DeSoto’s dominance was evident as the Eagles earned nine first-place finishes — including six on the girls side — and won the boys and girls team titles. In the girls division, 51 points separated DeSoto and second-place finisher Cedar Hill.
Sophomore Alexis Duncan set a regional record in the girls 100 hurdles. Duncan’s time of 13.36 seconds in the prelims shaved nearly seven-tenths of a second from the previous record of 14.01 seconds set in 1988 by Keri Glover. Duncan won the event with a time of 13:44.
In the boys division, DeSoto set the regional record in the 4x200 relay, finishing in 1:24:24.
Senior Adriuna Sanders said DeSoto’s success is a result of its dedication.
“We work very hard to get here,” she said. “Rain, sleet or snow — we run.”
Big day for Justin Northwest: Justin Northwest’s Desiree Freier set a regional record in winning the girls pole vault. Freier’s mark of 14 feet surpassed the previous mark of 13 feet, 10 inches, set by Shade Weygandt in 2008.
Justin Northwest finished second in the boys team standings. Northwest’s boys 4x100 team surpassed its personal best and won in 41.18. Northwest also had second-place finishes in the boys 110 hurdles (Kerry Gleason), 300 hurdles (Gleason), discus (Duke Kicinski) and 1,600 (Zach Kirkland).
Briefly: Arlington Martin’s boys won the 4x400 relay in 3:13:84 to advance to the state meet. ... Flower Mound Marcus’ Maddy Reed won the girls 1,600 in 5:03:98. ... Duncanville took first in the girls 4x200 with a time of 1:39:20. ... Arlington Sam Houston’s Darrion Flowers punched his ticket to state by taking first in the 100 in 10.34. ... Cedar Hill’s Danyel White won the girls 200 in 23.63.