The biannual UIL realignment put the Waxahachie track teams back in a district with perennial power Lancaster but with just two meets to go before the District 15-4A meet it is safe to say the Waxahachie teams are ready.
Competing in the Ennis Noon Lions Bluebonnet Relays Friday the varsity Indians took home first place by 2.5 points over Midlothian while the Lady Indians finished second.
“This was a really good meet for us. It was a small meet but we really competed well coming off the spring break layoff and a rough week of practice,” Waxahachie coach Dana Scott said. “I wasn’t sure how well we were going to do and I was really proud of how the kids performed. Almost everyone improved from the Big Green meet.
“Next Friday we are going to Midway and will compete against some tough competition. District is less than three weeks from now and we have a lot of work to do before then.”
Overall Waxahachie High School earned nine varsity first place finishes in the meet with the Indians earning five and the Lady Indians bringing home four.
For the second straight meet Waxahachie dominated the high jump as senior LaDarius Brown cleared 6-feet, 2 inches to win the boys while Dae Dae Davis won in the girls division with a jump of 5-feet, 4-inches.
With a school record still in her sights, Davis was the last competitor standing at the 5-foot, 4-inch mark and moved the bar to 5-feet, 7-inches in an attempt to set a school record. She missed on all three tries but looks to be able to clear the mark sometime this season.
Waxahachie had another strong showing in the relay events as the Indians took first place in the 400-meter and 800-meter relays while the Lady Indians earned gold in the 1,600-meter relay.
“With a time of 4:08.07 Danielle Calhoun, Dae Dae, Kanesha Johnson and Stevetia Turner ran six seconds faster than last week. We are starting to see our time go down which shows the hard work in practice is paying off,” Scott said.
The Indians blew away the competition in both the 400 and 800 relay as they finished with a time of 42.25 in the 400 and 1:28.16 in the 800.
Brown ran in both relays and continues to improve while he also earned gold in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.11. Quin Sargent and Craig Renfro finished third and fifth in the 200 with times of 23.34 and 23.6.
Booker Anderson was first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.7 while Sargent was third at 10.88.
Danielle Calhoun placed first in the girls 400-meter run with a time of 1:01.62 while Kristen Cotten was first in the girls pole vault with a jump of 9-foot.
“It was another good meet for Kristen. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her clear 10-foot next week,” Scott said.
Morgan Osborn placed third in the discus for Waxahachie in one of her best performances of the season with a throw of 89-feet, 8 inches while placing third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.02.
In the triple jump Kristen Foster placed fifth with a jump of 30-feet, 9 inches while Courtney Miller was third in the high jump at 4-feet, 10 inches.
Elizabeth Martinez placed third in the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600-meter run while three Lady Indians placed in the 300-meter hurdles.
Tori Bingham took second in the 300-meter hurdles with a season best 51.64 while Jerrica Brooks finished third with a time of 51.95 and Meagan Taylor was fifth with a time of 53.25. Taylor was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.23 as she continues to improve with each meet.
Turner placed third in the 400-meter dash while the 400-meter relay team of Shabria Sargent, Tambra Henry, Ashley Lyons and Davis improved on their time from the Big Green and placed fourth.
With improved handoffs the team of Sargent, Henry, Lyons and Kanesha Johnson placed fourth in the 800-meter relay.
The Lady Indians finished in second with 127 points while Midlothian placed first with 237 points.
Lorenzo Lacey was fifth in the long jump for the Indians with a jump of 19-feet while Broderick Mathis was third in the high jump at 5-foot, 10 inches. Mathis placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.13.
Luke Shatwell was third in the 3,200-meter run for Waxahachie, Brad Beimler was sixth in the 800, Ray Tunson fourth in the 400, Lacey was third in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles and Sargent was fourth in the 300-hurdles and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Both Waxahachie varsity teams will compete in the Midway Relays April 1 before competing in Red Oak on April 7. The District 15-4A track meet is scheduled for April 12-13 at Lancaster.