The Heights track and field team will send a number of athletes and two relay teams to the UIL 17/18-6A Area Meet next week at Cy-Fair ISD after several outstanding showings at last week’s District 18-6A event at Barnett Stadium. The top four finishers in each event at district advance to the Area Meet with the top four in each event at Area moving on to the Region III-6A competition, which is the last step before the 6A state event next month in Austin.
The Bulldogs were the district champs in the 4-x-200-meter relay (1:32.97) for their only gold medal, but they medaled in the two of the three relays to secure 36 of the team’s 57 points.
Besides their win in the 800 relay, they were third in the 4-x-100, placing just seven-one hundredths of a second behind second place Bellaire.
Xavion Solomon, Erick Hubert, Curtis Melrose, and E’Munn Parker on the anchor leg teamed up to win the 4-x-200 with the only time under 1:33.
Chavez and Bellaire were right on the Bulldogs’ heels the entire way and those schools had a photo-finish for second place with Chavez coming in second (1:33.11) and Bellaire officially third (1:33.12).
The Bulldogs brought home the bronze medal in the 400-meter relay (43.66), placing third in a race that saw them, first-place Lamar (42.75) and second place Bellaire (43.59) separated by less than a second. Xavion Solomon, Melrose, Norre Citizen, and Parker on the anchor leg ran that relay for the Bulldogs.
Besides his work on the relays, Parker was one of three individuals from Heights High School to qualify for the upcoming Area 17/18 meet.
The Heights’ best individual showing came from junior DeGiovanni Williams in the long jumper, where he was second (22-1.5) with his distance. Lamar’s Ashton Conner, who also won the 200-meter dash, was the long jump champion (22-08.5).
Parker came in third (22.50) for the Heights in the 200-meter race to earn himself a bronze medal. Lamar runners were first (22.20) and second (22.30) with Parker was right behind both of them in a tight race that had the top five places less than a half-second apart.
Besides the medal, Parker also ran a strong race in the finals, after he came in fifth in the preliminaries (22.89). Parker ran nearly half-a-second faster in the finals than he did in the prelim, putting him on the medal stand.
Junior distance runner Evan Klein was the third individual to qualify for the Area Meet, and he had a strong showing overall, scoring points for his team in three different events.
Klein took fourth place (10:36.19) in the 3,200-meter run to keep his season going as he will compete in the two-mile run at the upcoming Area meet.
A Lamar runner won it at 10 minutes flat, just edging out a Bellaire distance runner, who was second and less than three second behind him.
Klein just missed qualifying in the 1,600, placing fifth (4:43.73). Despite the mile length, it was close at the finish line with the winning time (4:33.98) less than 10 seconds ahead of Klein’s performance.
He was also sixth in the 800 (2:07.08), to finish a busy and productive three days of competition for his team.
The winner from Lamar ran the only time under two minutes (1:59.30) and the five runners ahead of Klein all came in under 2:04.
The Bulldogs 4-x-400 relay came in fifth (3:45.81), leaving them one spot shy of reaching the Area round. Leonardo Garza, Derrick Smith, Andrew Carnizal, and Jonathan Garcia made up the Heights mile relay squad.
Lamar was the boys easy 18-6A team champion, scoring 230 points to place far ahead of runner-up Westbury, which finished with 91.