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Ladycats win at Joshua, Bearcats second


With the District 5-5A Meet right around the corner, the Aledo Ladycats took first place in the Joshua Owls Relays on Wednesday, March 20 in Joshua. The Ladycats scored 158 points to top runner-up Crowley with 132.

Meanwhile, the Bearcats finished second with 176 points to 181.5 for Crowley. The significance of this finish is that it is the first time the Aledo boys have not placed first in a meet since the 2021 season, ending a streak of 18 consecutive wins in regular season and in the area round of the postseason.

The Ladycats were led by Addison Smith with three gold medal performances. She won the 200- and 400-meter dashes, a long with running the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay.

Also winning gold medals for the Ladycats were Mykel Murry in the 800 and Molly Garrison in the 1600.

The Aledo girls had 1-2 finishes in two events, Smith and Murry in the 400, along with Miggie Kilburn and Taylor Hindman in the pole vault.

“It was a good meet. The girls competed well,” Ladycats coach Mike Pinkerton said. “All of the girls, varsity and JV, continue to improve.

“We still have some things to work on in preparing for the district meet. Northwest will be extremely strong this year. We will continue to work hard and improve each day.  I am very proud of all of these young ladies.”

The Ladycats were without state shot put and discus qualifier Lauren St Peters and state 800 qualifier Sofia Brandenburg as they were competing in the Jesuit Sheaner Relays this past weekend. 

Gold medal winners for the Bearcats were Adrian Fuller (200), Adam Averett (400), Vincent Luffey (800), Jack Fink (3200), Braylon Brown (pole vault), Jayton Owens (long jump) and the 4x200 relay.

“Hate to see the streak end! Crowley had more depth, we had a short week of work because of moving the meet due to forecasted storms, and just had a bad day,” Bearcats coach Andrew Clark said.

“We still have room to get faster. I think we will be ready to run when it comes to district. We have one more meet to get everything tuned up for the district meet.  

“This time last year I thought we were reaching our peak speed, and I thought it might have been a little early. We aren't there yet this year and I think it is a good thing.  Our times should start really dropping moving forward, kids getting in better ‘track’ shape coming out of basketball, and possibly getting a few guys back from injury. I think we have a really good chance to get kids down to Austin (for state).” 

Next up for Aledo is the Texas Relays in Austin for any athletes who qualify. The event, featuring some of the best athletes in the nation, is March 27-30 at the University of Texas in Austin.

Those not competing in the Texas Relays will compete in a meet in Weatherford March 28.

Joshua Owls Relays

March 20

Running distances in meters, field events in feet and inches

Aledo results

Boys varsity 

Team score: 176, second place (Crowley 181.5).

Top individual finishes

200: 1. Adrian Fuller, 22.22.

400: 1. Adam Averett , 49.71.

800: 1. Vincent Luffey, 2:05.02; 5. Anderson Smith, 2:09.70.

1600: 2. Smith, 4:36.86; 3. Jack Fink, 4:42.18.

3200: 1. Fink, 9:53.00; 6. Luke Schabel, 10:25.53.

110 hurdles: 2. Evan Thompson, 16.30; 5. Jacob Patton, 16.58; 6. Lincoln Tubbs, 16.64.

300 hurdles: 3. Tubbs , 41.09; 4. Thompson, 41.36.

4x100 relay: 2. Fuller, Averett, Kaydon Finley, Aven Lawrence, 42.79.

4x200 relay: 1. Fuller, Thompson, Jayton Owens, Finley, 1:28.98.

4x400 relay: 2. Averett, Luffey, Owens, Lawrence, 3:25.45.

Shot put 3. Carson Dempsey, 46-03; 5. Cody Cartwright, 42-02.

Discus: 3. Dempsey, 130-08; 5. Christian Sandoval, 115-06.

Pole vault: 1. Braylon Brown, 15-06; 3. Brad Campbell, 14-00; 5. Kantyn Kasich, 13-00.

Long jump: 1. Owens, 21-07.

Triple jump: 5. Fuller, 40-07.75.

Girls varsity

Team score: 158, first place.

Top individual finishes

100: 6. Leighton Bratcher, 12.97.

200: 1. Addison Smith, 24.96.

400: 1. Smith, 1:00.43; 2. Mykel Murry, 1:00.53; 6. Mayden Mitchell, 1:03.24.

800: 1. Murry, 2:21.83; 3. Micah Neal, 2:23.78; 4. Mitchell, 2:26.41.

1600: 1. Molly Garrison, 5:20.05; 3. Neal, 5:24.04; 6. Carley Couch, 5:47.56.

3200: 4. Couch, 12:30.09.

100 hurdles: 4. Savannah Thompson, 16.31.

300 hurdles: 4. Victoria Crews, 49.83; 6. Thompson, 50.61.

4x100 relay: 5. Crews, Sarah Edwards, Macie Laidley, Leighton Bratcher, 54.47.

4x200 relay: 1. Alexa Plantz, Edwards, Laidley, Bratcher, 1:48.91.

4x400 relay: 1. Murry, Mitchell, Neal, Smith, 4:07.08.

High jump: 5. Taylor McKenzie, 5-00.

Pole vault: 1. Maggie Kilburn, 12-00; 2. Taylor Hindman, 11-06; 5. Kaitlyn Walker, 9-06.

Triple jump: 2. Thompson, 34-00; 3. Crews, 33-08.


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