DENTON – Local athletes will continue to show their talents at the state level following a successful weekend at the Region II-4 Track and Field Championships April 25-26 at Fouts Field on the campus of the University of North Texas.
Waxahachie and Red Oak athletes excelled in various categories on Saturday.
Samuel Gagliano, of Waxahachie, was second in the boys 300 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles. In the 300, he finished with a time of 38.41, behind Tyler Stephenson, of Lancaster (38.08). In the 110, Gagliano (14.25) placed second behind another Lancaster runner, Kendall Hayes (14.20).
But Gagliano made up for it when the Indians placed first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 41.73, ahead of Dallas Kimball and Waco. He was teamed up with Ramodrick Waters, Sidney Easley and C.J. Fowler.
Waxahachie qualified for state in the 800-meter relay with a second-place finish behind Waco (1:26.47). The Indians were paced by Waters, Easley, Davion Donaldson and Fowler, who turned in a 1:26.68 time.
In the discus throw, Red Oak’s Corwin Pace placed first with a throw of 186 feet, 6 inches, far exceeding Forney’s Landon Hartwick’s 170 feet 5 inches.
District 15-4A pole vault champion Austyn Rapp, of Midlothian, placed fourth in regional with a height of 10-0 feet. First place went to Whitney Binder, of Lindale, who cleared 10 feet, 6 inches.
Among the other local athletes to qualify from Friday events were Midlothian’s Carli Kitts in the 3200-meter run; Eric Frawley and Vince Frawley in the boys pole vault; and Red Oak’s Michael Carter and Pace in the boys shot put.