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Class 4A Region II track and field: Frisco Heritage girls end Lancaster's 15-year reign
ARLINGTON — Frisco Heritage’s five-year-old girls track program put an end to Lancaster’s 15-year streak, winning the Class 4A Region II championship Saturday.
Heritage edged Lancaster 105-100 in team points. Heritage entered the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, with a 93-80 lead. Heritage’s third-place finish gave it just enough points to hold off Lancaster, which won the relay.
In field events, Heritage senior Haley Polk won the triple jump with a 40 feet, 1/4-inch mark. Senior Clarc Walker won the discus with a throw of 143-5 over Lancaster’s second-place Jacquetta Cannon, who took first in the shot put. Heritage’s Bailey Blunt won the pole vault. With senior Tori Tripp competing on all three relays, Heritage won the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in addition to the title-sealer.
Tripp lead off the 4x200 as Krystal Doggett, Lawanda Harvey and Courtney Bostic won in 1 minute, 39.97 seconds over Lancaster’s 1:40.43. Heritage’s 4x100 won with a time of 47.86 seconds as the team of Ashley Mapps, Tripp, Alyssa Gridiron and Harvey edged out Lancaster’s 47.89. Bostic also won the 200 while Gridiron took third in the 100.
Lancaster boys win 8th regional in a row: Lancaster rolled to an eighth consecutive Region II team title with 105 points to second-place Texarkana Texas High’s 60. A co-champ last year, Lancaster was led by senior Lafiel Smith who reached state in three events with first-place finishes in the 300 hurdles, long jump and a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles.
Lancaster won the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relays. In the 4x400, Anfer’nee Robinson, Anthony Robinson, Gabriel Walker and Eric Age ran a 3:16.66 to McKinney North’s 3:17.26. Lancaster ran a 41.32 in the 4x100 with Reggie Garner, Gabriel Walker, Elijah Boyd and Kenan Ivy edging Texas High’s 41.38.
Hurdles champ falls: Forney senior Kiana Hawn, a Baylor signee, fell on the third hurdle of the 300 hurdles and won’t be able to defend the 4A state title. But Hawn won the long jump and 100 hurdles.
Carrollton Creekview junior Samantha Gonzalez won the 300 hurdles with one of the nation’s fastest times this season, 41.02. Gonzalez was third in the 100 hurdles.
Briefly: Highland Park senior Natalie Rathjen defended her regional titles in the 3,200 and 1,600 races. … Frisco Heritage sophomore Carter Blunt held off a late sprint from Carrollton Newman Smith’s Jeffrey Moore to win the 1,600 with a meet record 4:16.18. … Baylor track signee Kevin Harris won the 200 with an wind-aided 20.68 with Colorado State football signee Jyaz Jones of South Oak Cliff in second (21.06) and Baylor football signee KD Cannon in third (21.51).