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East Texans bring home gold medals

May 10, 2013 at 10 p.m.


AUSTIN - Madison Pecot headed to the UIL State Track and Field Meet as the favorite in the Class 2A pole vault, and the White Oak standout left with a gold medal.

Pecot won the event with a best of 12-0, holding off Edna's Kaylynn Grudzieski (11-03) and Whitney's Sam Redding (11-0) at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

"I've been to state before with volleyball, but winning a gold medal is a different story. It's truly a blessing," Pecot said.

The Ladyneck standout cleared 12-0 at regional competition to take the top jump into Friday's state meet.

"I wasn't ever under any pressure," she said. "I knew I just had to go out and do my best. It was exciting knowing I was the favorite according tot he numbers. It took me a couple of jumps to get it. That (12-0) is my best. I've done it throughout the season, but it took me a couple of jumps today."

Pecot said having a large crowd of supporters from White Oak on hand was a boost.

"My classmates are really competitive, and we're a family," Pecot said. "We cheer for each other and today with the crowd and my classmates there it was a big inspiration."

Also bringing home gold medals on Friday were Overton's Austin Cook in the Class A Division I discus as well as the shot put, and Paul Pewitt's Chadnee Knox in the Class 2A long jump.

Cook won the Class A discus for the third straight year. He had a best of 174-11 to edge L.J. Collier of Munday. Cook won the event in 2012 with a best of 178-07 and in 2010 with a toss fo 176-05. The Overton standout struck double gold, winning the shot put with a toss of 59-8 in his final attempt.

Knox had a best of 19-06.50 to win the Class 2A long jump. Kayla Brewer of Centerville was second with an 18-03.00 top jump.

Pine Tree's Brittany Conway finished seventh overall in the pole vault with a best of 11-06. Lakan Taylor of Fort Worth Boswell won in dominating fashion, settign a new state and Class 4A record with a best of 13-08.

Jacob Bragg of Nacogdoches was eighth in the shot put with a est of 49-09. Ben Hughes of Waco University had a winning toss of 56-0.

Hawkins' Hunter Fair and New Diana's Brad Beckham finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 3,200-meter run. Fair finished in 10:00.48, with Beckham clocking in at 10:08.01.

Quinlin McGregor of Amarillo Highland Park had a winning time of 9:29.38.

In the boys long jump, Arp's Mike Potts was seventh overall wit ha best of 21-05.75. Ty Slanina of East Bernard won the event with a best of 23-02.50.

In the girls long jump, Shardai Love of Linden-Kildare finished fifth with a top leap of 17-09.50.

Jefferson's LeAnna Mack was sixth in the 2A long jump with a top jump of 5-03. Alyssa Kallies of Poth won the event at 5-07.

Big Sandy's Marcus Allen placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:46.48. Dallas Rushing of Axtwll took home gold with a time of 10:09.66.

In the boys high jump, Beckville's Braden Wise did not clear a height. Dearius Poindexter of hale Center won the gold medal with a jump of 6-11.

In the girls long jump, Overton's Abby Mackey was seventh overall wit ha top jump of 15-11.25. Kami Norton of Albany won the gold medal with an 18-06.

Leverett's Chapel's Jessie Harris finished sixth in the shot put (45-11) and seventh in the discus (126-7). Hershel Burleson of Rocksprings won the shot put with a toss of 54-04.50 and also took home gold in the discus with a throw of 162-0.

In the girls discus, Union Hill's Kelsi Colbert was sixth with a toss of 108-11. Tricia Williams of Lometa won the event wit ha best of 131-07.

(East Texas athletes only)

9 a.m. – 2A boys pole vault: Daven Murphree, Harmony and Riley Lakin, White Oak

9 a.m. – 3A boys pole vault: Gabe Mereulo, Henderson

9 a.m. – 3A boys shot put: Morgan Knight, Spring Hill and Ladarrin Anthony, Kilgore

10 a.m. Saturday – 1A1 boys triple jump – Trealan Thompson, Overton

11 a.m. – 3A boys discus: Morgan Knight, Spring Hill

11:30 a.m. – 3A girls pole vault: Casey Rice, Spring Hill and Lindsey Sechrist, Spring Hill

11:30 a.m. – 5A Boys long jump: Cedric King, Longview

11:30 a.m. – 2A boys shot put: Jason Heim, White Oak

Noon - 2A girls 400 relay: Tatum, Jefferson and Paul Pewitt

Noon – 2A boys 400 relay: Jefferson

12:20 p.m. – 2A girls 800 run: Allissa McClain, Sabine

12:45 p.m. – 2A boys 110 hurdles: Jaylen Shans-Sheppard, Tatum

12:45 p.m. – 1A1 110 hurdles: Lucas Newton, Harleton

1 p.m. – 3A girls triple jump: Toney'cia (Tony) Burks, Kilgore

1:05 p.m. – 2A boys 100 meters: Deion Williams, Jefferson

1:25 p.m. – 2A girls 800 relay: Jefferson, Tatum and Paul Pewitt

1:25 p.m – 2A boys 800 relay: Daingerfield

1:45 p.m. – 2A girls 400 meter dash: Ro'neshia Simpson, Tatum

2:05 p.m. – 2A boys 300 hurdles: Jaylen Shans-Sheppard, Tatum

2:05 p.m. – 1A1 boys 300 hurdles: Lucas Newton, Harleton

2:25 p.m. – 2A girls 200 meter dash: Destiny Carr, Jefferson

2:25 p.m. – 2A boys 200 meter dash: Chris Smith, Jefferson

2:45 p.m. – 2A girls 1600 meter run: Allissa McClain, Sabine

2:45 p.m. – 2A boys 1600 meter run: Hunter Fair, Hawkins

2:45 p.m. – 1A1 boys 1600 meter run: Marcus Allen, Big Sandy

3:05 p.m. – 2A girls 1600 relay: Daingerfield and White Oak

3:05 p.m. – 2A boys 1600 relay: Tatum

6 p.m. – 5A Boys 400-meter relay: Longview

6:20 p.m. – 3A boys 800 meter run: Jeremy Matlock, Carthage

7:05 p.m. – 3A 800 meter relay: Henderson

7:45 p.m. – 3A girls 400 meter dash: Tonye'cia (Tony) Burks, Kilgore and Shakira Duffey, Pittsburg

7:45 p.m. – 3A boys 400 meter dash: Tevin Vanzandt, Henderson and Terian (Tee) goree, Carthage

8:05 p.m. – 3A boys 300 hurdles: Nick Smith, Gilmer

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