Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 3, 2013

Area athletes set for state gold rush

Corsicana — The Golden Circle will be chasing gold in Austin next weekend. The area has a smattering of athletes represented, led by the Lady Bears of Frost, sending the most in terms of sheer numbers, and two Tigers from Corsicana looking to soar high enough to land on the medal stand.

Here is an overview of the Golden Circle’s contingent, based on the UIL’s website, in order of scheduled event time:


8 a.m.: Maria Suaste of Frost has the pleasure of competing in this year’s state track meet’s very first event, the Class 1A-Division II girls 3,200-meter run. Though it should be considered an 8 a.m. run may not be a pleasure for a high school student. Suaste comes in with a regional time of 12:46.09. Abrianna Carrasco of Sanderson claimed the top regional time at 12:31.01.

9 a.m.: A double-dip for Frost, with freshman Jasmyn Steels competing in the 1A-DII long jump, and brother Danial Steels, a senior, competing in the boys high jump. Danial cleared 5-10 at the regional meet, eighth among qualifiers as Jacob Leonard of Klondike leads the way at 6-5. Jasmyn’s leap at regionals, 17-1 1/4 is third among qualifiers, with Morgan’s Claudia Escamilla — from the same region — leading the way at 17-4.

11 a.m.: Corsicana’s Dzifa Mallet, who keeps getting better as the stakes get higher, will participate in the Class 4A boys high jump. With a regional leap of 6-6, Mallet goes in with the seventh-best height among the nine in the field. But, only three inches separates him from Jared Lorimier of Nederland and Beaumont Central’s Landon Malbrough.

1 p.m.: Frost’s Maliko Bruce will compete in the 1A-DII boys discus, and comes in with a regional-qualifying toss of 136-4. That sits seventh among qualifiers. Hershel Burleson of Rocksprings went 160-1 at regionals.

3 p.m.: Jasmyn Steels will be back in action for Frost in the girls 1A-DII triple jump. Again, she is third (35-3) among qualifiers, with Escamilla (37-0) leading the way.

4 p.m.: Second among all qualifiers with his regional mark, Noah Gilfillan could become Corsicana’s first pole vault state champion since Chris Hodge in 1983. Twenty years ago, Hodge cleared 15-3 to win for Sam Thompson, as the Tigers scored 42 team points but finished second to Jasper, which scored a mind-numbing 66 points. Gilfillan won the Region II-4A meet after clearing 15-6, but he has the ability to go higher. Garrett Larson of Brenham went 15-9 at regionals to pace the field.

6 p.m.: The Frost girls sprint relay team comes in with the seventh best time among the nine in 1A-DII. The team of Dakota Lassetter, Hillaree Schwartz, Kadee Bowling and Steels features a combo of two seniors (Lassetter and Bowling) and two freshmen. Morgan Elmore and Heather Montgomery are the alternates. Frost clocked a 54.03 at regionals, while Rotan ran a 51.66 to lead all qualifiers.

6:20 p.m.: Diana Rios of Frost will run in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:32.36 is seventh among the qualifiers. For that spot, she’s not too far behind the lead pace set by Abellyca Ramirez of Rocksprings, who won her region with a qualifiers’ best 2:24.03.

7:05 p.m.: It’s 100-meter time on the Myers track surface, and the Steels siblings are both scheduled to run. Jasmyn has the sixth-fastest time among the girls qualifiers at 13.13. LaKeydra Mosley of Calvert leads the pack with a 12.80, amazingly one-tenth of a second faster than her teammate, Tiffany Williams (12.81). On the boys side, Danial ran a 11.72 at regionals, which is ninth among the qualifiers. Darryl Williams of Rule has the top regional time at 11.08.

8:45 p.m.: Josh Riojas will be the final Frost boy on the track, as he is scheduled to compete in the 1,600. His time of 5:03.93 is ninth amongst qualifiers. Jasiel Ontiveros of Loop comes in with a 4:41.92.

9:05 p.m.: A long day for the Lady Bears will end the 1A-DII 4 x 400-meter relay. Rios, Schwartz, Kaycee Bowling (Kadee’s little sister, just a freshman) and Steels will be back for one final shot at gold. Jae Moore and Lassetter are the event alternates. With a time of 4:25.33, Frost is sixth among regional qualifiers, and not far behind Gail Borden County, which ran a regional-best 4:15.88.


11:30 a.m.: Ragan Henderson’s has had a stellar athletic career at Rice, and in the spring of 2013, he has the distinction of being the only Class 2A athlete in the Golden Circle scheduled to participate in the state track meet. His discus toss of 157-2 was fifth-best among the nine state qualifiers. Ryan Simmons of Salado set the pace, winning his region with a throw of 169-9.

1:25 p.m.: Kerens’ lone relay entry this year comes in the form of the LadyCats’ Class 1A-Division I 800-meter relay team. Marqueshia Kelly, Kiara Lindsey, Emmanualla Armant and Breanna Wells enter the meet with the ninth-best qualifying time (1:49.76). Cambree Betts and Tinesha Tolliver are the LadyCats’ alternates. Only four and half seconds separate the LadyCats from the top, though. Snook qualified with a 1:45.21.

2:00 p.m.: Breanna Wells will get a short break, then will go to the 1A-DI high jump area and represent the LadyCats again. She comes in with a regional mark of 5-5. Though she is seeded third, it’s the second-best regional mark behind only Kaitlin Lumpkins of Junction, who only went an inch higher at 5-6.

2:05 p.m.: Dawson’s Courtney Warren has the final scheduled start for Golden Circle athletes, though Wells will be competing in the high jump long afterward. Warren is making her second-straight state meet appearance, qualifying in the 1A-DI girls 300 hurdles. Her time of 48.75 is ninth among qualifiers. Kami Norton of Albany ran a 44.40 at regionals, a second and half fast than the other qualifiers. Warren’s time is only two seconds off what would be the medal pace (third was 46.74).

2013 UIL State Track & Field State Meet

When: Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

Where:  Mike A. Myers Stadium, University of Texas

at Austin

Ticket prices: Range from single day student, $5, and adult, $10, to “all meet” ticket, $25

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