Written by SportsDayDFW.com
DHS girls, Ryan boys win titles
LITTLE ELM — For the past few years, the Ryan boys have had to live with being second-best. The Denton girls, meanwhile, haven’t even been in the discussion for a district title.
On Tuesday, though, all of that changed rather dramatically. After playing second fiddle at the district track meet recently, neither the Raiders nor the Broncos had to settle for anything less than a title.
The Ryan boys and the Denton girls both finished first at the District 4-4A track and field meet in Little Elm, using a variety of impressive performances to run away with team titles and gain momentum heading into the Region I meet in May.
It was the first title ever in track and field for Ryan, who has finished second the last two years at the district meet.
“The way the preliminaries shaped up, I knew we were in good shape if everything went as it should,” Ryan head coach Janson Head said. “We didn’t have any disappointments. Everyone did what they should have done. It feels good. We’ve been the runners-up the last few years and, this time, we finally got it done.”
Ryan got it done in overwhelming fashion on Tuesday, scoring 174 team points to finish ahead of second-place Lake Dallas by 79. That margin of victory was due, in part, to the Raiders’ domination on the track.
All three of Ryan’s relay teams took first at the meet, including the 4x100 relay team of O.T. Walker, Sterling Fugett, Jerrick Harvey and Craig Moore which broke the school record with a time of 41.90 despite running without star sprinter and Texas signee Aaron Scott.
Scott, who came into the meet nursing a few minor injuries, didn’t exactly have a quiet night, though.
The future Longhorn clocked in at 11.00 in the 100 to qualify for the regional meet and ran on the Raiders’ 4x200 relay team along with Moore, Harvey and Spero Dagnon, which finished first with a time of 1:29.10. He also won the 200 with a time of 22.00, finishing ahead of teammates Fugett and Dagnon to help complete Ryan’s sweep of the event.
Ryan’s 4x400 relay team of Korey Chappell, Fugett, Xavier Rose and Daniel put an exclamation mark on the night, taking first ahead of The Colony with a time of 3:21.30.
“We did really good,” Head said. “Our 4x100 ran well even without one of the best sprinters in the state, our 4x200 ran well and our mile relay has been running well all year. I’m thoroughly pleased all the way around.”
Martin, who came into the meet nursing a tweaked hamstring and taking the night off from Ryan’s baseball team, took first in the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.30 and finished second in the 110 hurdles behind Juvuan Branch of Wichita Falls Rider.
Also qualifying for Ryan was Rose, who finished behind Martin in second in the 300 hurdles, and Zac Black, who finished third in the 800. Football star Mario Edwards also qualified after taking second in the shot put, while Sam Johnson qualified by finishing third in the triple jump. Fugett, in addition to his finish in the 200, also qualified in the high jump after tying for second with Daveon Parrish from Lake Dallas.
While Ryan’s win in the boys meet may have been historic, Denton’s win in the girls competition was much more surprising.
Under second-year coach Amanda Byers, the Broncos took the meet by storm after finishing a distant fifth last season.
Denton finished with 149 overall points, 37 ahead of second-place The Colony.
“I’m just so incredibly excited,” Byers said. “This program is taking off. Our numbers have doubled. The girls are amazing and they deserve this with how hard they work. Those days when other teams are taking off Fridays off or taking off over Spring Break, they’re out there working. They deserve every bit of success they got today. I’m proud of them.”
Denton fared well across the board on Tuesday, qualifying athletes in four of the six field events and sweeping first, second and third in the triple jump behind a first-place finish by Jasmine Taylor, a second-place finish from Victoria Amadi and a third-place finish by Jasmine Kennard.
Taylor also finished second in the long jump and ran as part of Denton’s first-place 4x400 relay team along with Kennard, Amadi and April Pena and on the second-place 4x200 relay with Morgan Edwards, Bre’Ana Walker and Keke Dews.
“[Taylor] is a great kid,” Byers said. “She’s an amazing athlete and she has the work ethic to go with it. She was one of the only girls out there over all four days for our workouts over spring break. She’s an extremely hard worker and it’s paying off for her.”
Erica Mendoza finished first in the discus for Denton with a distance of 118-9, while Shelby Brown won the 3,200 with a time of 12:35.84 to beat out Erin Dombkowski of The Colony by just over three seconds. In addition to running the 4x400 relay, Pena also won the 400 with a time of 58.70.
Other regional qualifiers for Denton included Amadi, who took second in the 400 and Morgan Edwards, who took third in the high jump.
The Lake Dallas boys didn’t win any events, but finished strong with second-place finishes in seven events. The 4x200 relay team of Adam Hasan, Roman Mitchell, Jarret Cheadle and Dontonio Jordan finished second behind Ryan, while its 4x100 relay of team of Hasan, Cheadle, Dante Basher and Jordan took third.
Austin Miller was second for the Falcons in the 3,200, while Tre Dickerson was second in both the long jump and triple jump. Colton Lively finished as the runner-up in the discus while Hasan took second in the 100 behind Scott with a time of 11.20.
Also qualifying for the Lake Dallas girls were Catlyn Watson with a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles, Brielle Brown with a third-place finish in the 100, and the Falcons’ 4x100 relay team of Amber Chambers, Abrianna Green, Ebony Scott and Brown.
The top three finishers of each event will move on to compete at the Region I meet on May 2-3 in Abilene.
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DISTRICT 4-4A TRACK MEET
Ryan 174, Lake Dallas 95, The Colony 94, Rider 77, Little Elm 72, Denton 58, Wichita Falls 50.
Hawk Griffin, Little Elm, 14-6; Dax Noble, Rider, 13-0; Diondre Singleton, Wichita Falls, 12-0.
Wendall Williams, Denton, 45-1; Tre Dickerson, Lake Dallas, 44-1.25; Sam Johnson, Ryan, 43-7.
Benjamin Bibby, The Colony 157-0; Colton Lively, Lake Dallas, 149-2; Hayden Wright, Wichita Falls, 144-0.
Joe Mayer, Rider, 21-10.75; Tre Dickerson, Lake Dallas 21-5; Rod Bills, Little Elm, 21-4.5.
Donail Wilkins, Wichita Falls, 6-4; Daveon Parrish, Lake Dallas, 6-0; Sterling Fugett, Ryan, 6-0.
Dylan McDorman, Rider, 49-7; Mario Edwards, Ryan, 47-9; Benjamin Bibby, The Colony, 47-2.5.
Tyler Jacobs, The Colony, 10:11.11; Austin Miller, Lake Dallas, 10:39.50; David Hurtado, Wichita Falls, 10:56.23.
Ryan (O.T. Walker, Sterling Fugett, Jerrick Harvey, Craig Moore) 41.90; Little Elm 42.30; Lake Dallas 42.60.
Chris Anderson, Rider, 1:58.90; Ezekiel Johnson, Denton, 1:59.70; Zac Black, Ryan, 2:01.60.
Juvuan Branch, Rider, 14.80; Daniel Martin, Ryan, 15.20; Xavier Rose, Ryan, 15.66.
Aaron Scott, Ryan, 11:00; Adam Hasan, Lake Dallas, 11.20; Rashad Jones, Little Elm, 11.30.
Ryan (Craig Moore, Jerrick Harvey, Spero Dagnon, Aaron Scott) 1:29.10; Lake Dallas 1:29.50; Little Elm 1:31.20.
Gerald Thomas, The Colony, 49.21; Deandre’ Young, Little Elm, 49.93; Mason Wright, Wichita Falls, 51.11.
Daniel Martin, Ryan, 38.30; Xavier Rose, Ryan, 39.80; Dentton Hudspeth, Denton, 42.50.
Aaron Scott, Ryan, 22.00; Sterling Fugett, Ryan, 22.40; Spero Dagnon, Ryan, 22.50.
Tyler Jacobs, The Colony, 4:32.40; Chris Anderson, Rider, 4:41.90; Richard Welter, The Colony, 4:43.80.
Ryan (Korey Chapell, Sterling Fugett, Xavier Rose, Daniel Martin) 3:21.30; The Colony 3:24.80; Denton 3:25.30.
Denton 149; 2. The Colony 112; 3. Rider 106; 4. Little Elm 104; 5. Wichita Falls 88; 6. Lake Dallas 49; 7. Ryan 8.
Georgia Whitley, The Colony, 8-6; Loudell Crumpler, Wichita Falls, 8-6; Victoria Schuyler, 8-0.
Erica Mendoza, Denton, 118-9; Amber Carlson, Rider, 107-2; Carolyn Taylor, Wichita Falls; 106-6.
Jasmine Taylor, Denton, 37-1; Victoria Amadi, Denton, 36-9; Jasmine Kennard, Denton 35-11
Whitney Apari, The Colony, 5-2; April Pena, Denton, 5-0; Morgan Edwards, Denton, 5-0.
Taylor Stolt, Rider, 18-2.25; Jasmine Taylor, Denton, 17-6.25; Karlesha Clark, Wichita Falls, 17-6.25.
Carolyn Taylor, Wichita Falls, 37-4.25; Maira Guerrero, Rider, 36-7.50; Amber Carlson, Rider, 35-6.
Shelby Brown, Denton, 12:35.84; Erin Dombkowski, The Colony, 12:38.08; Danielle Randolph, Wichita Falls, 12:49.15.
Little Elm (Kailey Bostic, Ashley Bennett, Marika Brown, Alexus Giles) 48.20; Lake Dallas 50.70.
Aubrey Ellett, Rider, 2:23.90; Danielle Randolph, Wichita Falls, 2:28.40; Lindsey Contreras, Denton, 2:29.30.
Kylie Covington, The Colony, 15.82; Catlyn Watson, Lake Dallas, 17.53; Kaila Francis, Rider, 18.28.
Kailey Bostic, Little Elm, 12.50; Taylor Stolt, Rider, 12.35; Brielle Brown, Lake Dallas, 12.80.
Little Elm (Kailey Bostic, Ashley Bennett, Marika Brown, Alexus Giles) 1:44.50; Denton 1:46.50; The Colony 1:50.00
April Pena, Denton, 58.70; Victoria Amadi, Denton, 58.80; Chloe Thornton, Wichita Falls, 59.90.
Karissa Ellis, Little Elm, 46.20; Jennifer Sissel, Rider, 49.10; Shamerica Jones, Little Elm, 49.11.
Marika Brown, Little Elm, 25.00; Taylor Stolt, Rider, 25.30; Alexus Giles, 26.07.
Erin Dombkowski, The Colony, 5:37.44; Madison Dombkowski, The Colony, 5:39.16; Aubrey Ellett, Rider, 5:42.30.
Denton (Jasmine Kennard, Victoria Amadi, Jasmine Taylor, April Pena) 4:04.90; The Colony 4:10.60; Wichita Falls 4:14.30.