High expectations heading into the Region I track meet in Lubbock quickly turned into frustrating finishes for the Midlothian track program last week as the school failed to qualify anyone for the state track meet for the first time in more than five years.

Junior pole vaulter Josh Sonnen came the closest to getting past regionals and back to state. He placed third in the competition with a vault of 15 feet, 3 inches. His final score was three inches short of second-place finisher John Feazell of Mansfield at 15 feet, 6 inches. Chase Wolf of Amarillo won the meet at 16 feet, 6 inches.

Sonnen stood a chance of qualifying as an at-large vaulter if his jump placed in the top 10 in the state but three vaulters from Region II 5A all cleared the 16 foot mark, knocking him out of the running.

Jaron Thomas made a splash early at regionals by taking the top spot in his 110m hurdles heat, setting up a big run in the finals. Thomas finished fifth overall with a time of 14.70. El Paso Montwood’s Elijah Britton won the race with a time of 14.14.

On the girls side, senior distance runner Carly Kitts was looking to make a return trip to state after sitting out last season due to injury. She qualified in both the 1600m and 3200m runs at the district level and was looking to set a personal record in Lubbock.

Sadly for Kitts that goal came up well short in both races as she ran an 11:24.34 in the 3200m and a 5:19.76 in the 1600m to place fifth and sixth respectively in those races. The 3200m and 1600m were both won by Plano’s Rachel Johnson (10:46.49 and 4:54.63 respectively).

In her second-straight regional trip, Ashley Cox performed well against a stout field of triple jumpers placing 13th out of 24 athletes. Her final jump was 35 feet, 3 ¾ inches. Jennifer Madu of Plano East won the event with a jump of 40 feet, 7 ¾ inches.

The UIL state track and field meet started today and concludes tomorrow. All Class 3A and 4A track and field events start and finish today while Class 1A and 2A both start events today before finishing tomorrow.

Class 5A competition runs all day tomorrow at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of University of Texas at Austin.

Milford’s Ashley Ross will compete in the girls discus today. She is making her second consecutive trip to state and has the second longest throw in seeding. She should come home with another state medal for Milford.