From Staff Reports
COMMERCE – Princeton more than held its own in the May 1-2 Class 4A Region II meet.
At Memorial Stadium on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, the Lady Panthers finished in seventh place with 26 points and the Panthers tied Texarkana Liberty-Eylau with 24 for ninth.
Qualifying for the 4A state meet were Shaycee Blankenship (first in discus with a throw of 130-09), Lauryn Dixon (second in discus at 130-00) and Derek Templeman (second in shot put at 51-10.75).
One season ago in the 3A division, Blankenship threw 116-06 for eighth in the discus.
Earning medals (top three) were Yoakum’s Celine Markert (distance of 145-00), Brownwood’s Vici Henry (140-04) and Port Isabel’s Daniela Murchison (128-03).
This years state meet is scheduled for May 14-16 at the University of Texas at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Just missing the cut were Dylan Templeman (third in discus at 153-02), Max Levigion (third in 3,200 meters at 10:02.09) and Dixon (third in shot put at 36-06.50).
Also competing for the Lady Panthers was Alacia Salazar (earning points in fifth during the 3,200 with a time of 12:34 and a 5:57.55 for 10th in the 1,600).
For the Panthers were Preston Bluett (11.48 for eighth in 100-meter dash), Levigion (15th in 1,600 at 4:56.99), Cody Walker (10th in 3,200 at 10:36.84), Jaylon Leonard (41.54 for ninth in 300 hurdle prelims) and Kai Brinkerhoff (11th in pole vault at 10-06).
In relays, the 800 clocked a 1:30.44 for ninth and the 1,600 ran a 3:29.65 for 10th, both in the prelims.
Making up the 800 were Zac Torres, Sadavion Matthews, Bailey Muchemwa and Bluett.
On the 1,600 were George Flores, Bluett, Muchemwa and Matthews.