The Life Waxahachie girls' track-and-field team continued its dominant season with a third consecutive 4A area championship, while the Midlothian Heritage boys' team put a few programs on notice with its runner-up finish.
When all the times were final, the Lady Mustangs qualified 14 girls in 19 events for the upcoming 4A Region III championships held at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
The Lady Mustangs captured 196 points to best second-place Gatesville (69) and third-place Midlothian Heritage (67). The Heritage boys' team finished second with 65 points behind Waco La Vega (140).
As a reminder, the top four in each event qualify for the regional championships.
Though all three Life Waxahachie girls' relay teams qualified for the regional meet, it was the 4x100-meter team of Mariah Williams, Aushea Sanders, Ashley Benton and Jayda Jones that raised the most eyebrows. The group finished in a blazing time of 48.00, which is the faster this season for the Lady Mustangs. Waco La Vega was second in a time of 49.38.
Aushea Sanders and Jayda Jones both broke program records en route to a first and second place finish in the 200-meter run in times of 25.01 and 25.08, respectively. Dejah Fuller, also of Life Waxahachie, finished third in 26.08, while Ferris sprinter Tatyanna Williams was fourth with a time of 26.16.
Saunders also won the 100-meter dash in 12.44.
Ashley Benton won the girls' 400-meter dash for the Lady Mustangs in a time of 57.65 and Emilee Page, of Heritage, placed fourth in 62.63.
Life Waxahachie and Heritage also fared well in the girls' 100-meter hurdles with the Lady Mustangs Kayla Jenkins just edging Leah Anderson, of Heritage, 15.18 to 15.19. Life Waxahachie hurdler Bre'anna Lacy placed third in 15.94.
Jenkins also won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 46.88 to finish ahead of Anderson and Saige Klor, who finished third and fourth in 48.02 and 49.60, respectively.
The Lady Mustangs had two high-jumpers qualify for the regional meet in Lauren Allen and Kayla Colquitt, who both cleared 5-foot and were in a three-way tie for second place. Allen was ultimately awarded second after she missed just once at 5-foot before clearing, while Colquitt placed third after winning a jump-off against Sarah Brock of Gatesville.
Sydnie Wooten placed second in the pole vault with a height of 9-foot-6, while Bre'anna Lacy and Asia Williams placed second and third in the girls' long jump with marks of 16-foot-1.5 and 16-foot-0.75, respectively.
The girls' triple jump event stayed between Life Waxahachie and Heritage, as the Lady Mustangs took first and fourth place and the Jaguars finished second and third.
Dejah Fuller won the event with a distance of 35-foot-2.25. She was followed by Leah Anderson (34-2.50), Saige Klor (22-10.5) and Asia Williams (33-5.75).
Ronelle Plaza wn the girls' shot put to complete the Lady Mustangs stellar day of field events. Her winning put of 38-foot-1 was almost three feet farther than second-place Sage Carson of Gatesville (35-5).
The Life Waxahachie Mustangs, not to be completely outdone, qualified 11 boys in six events for the regional meet.
Jason Locke set a program record in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.26 to finish first ahead of Heritage runner and soon-to-be-Oklahoma State wide receiver, Langston Anderson (49.32).
HERITAGE BOYS AND OTHER STANDOUTS
The Midlothian Heritage boys' finished second in the 4A Region II area championships behind Waco La Vega.
Heritage high-jumper Layton Ranson placed third after he lost a tiebreaker with Ara Rauls of La Vega. Both cleared 6-foot-2, which was tied with first-place finisher Bryan Ash, who was awarded the top position after he cleared 6-foot-2 without a miss.
Heritage also received points from Nathan Medrano in the 800-meter run after he placed fourth with a time of 2:04.46.
Ethan Agreda helped the Jaguars to their point total with a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:47.78) and a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run (10:12.15).
Venus hurdler Demetrius Uplegger won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles in times of 14.71 and 46.88, respectively. Teammate Ruben Alvarado finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 41.18.