Stratford track teams off and running
It did not take long for the Stratford track and field teams to display their speed in 2017. During a three-meet stretch, the Spartans and Lady Spartans had already set eight school records and posted several times among the state’s best.
Five school records came in relays, including a time of 1 minute, 26.18 seconds set by Bill Bouable, Adam Glover, T.J. O’Brien and Jaetavian Toles in the 800-meter relay at Memorial’s Will Taylor Relays that ranked No. 3 in the nation. The same group broke another school record the same day with a 41.57 in the 400-meter relay.
Stratford’s distance runners took the spotlight at the College Park Mitch Reed Invitational, as school records and national top-20 marks were set in the girls distance medley relay, boys distance medley and the rare girls 6,400-meter relay. The quartet of Hope Sage, Fay Gibb, Olivia Hirst and Maddie Harms clocked a 22:21.21 in the four-mile race.
Georgia Harper, Harms, Ella Gibb and Grace Custer ran a 12:28.72 for the girls distance medley record, with Raul Mejia, Colin Lowe, Sam Evetts and Devin Fahey recording a 10:30.20 for a new boys distance medley relay mark.
Three individual school records were set at The Woodlands Invitational. O’Brien sprinted to a 49.41 in the 400-meter dash, while Fahey (9:25.84) and Custer (11:02.87) produced new standards in the 3,200.
The Spartans’ success continued March 9 at the Spring Branch ISD Invitational, including Raylanzo Bryant joining Toles, Glover and Bouable for relay victories in the 400 and 800. Stratford received gold-medal performances from Bouable (100), Toles (200), Fahey (1,600), Oliver Houston (high jump) and Chrystian Sampy (pole vault), who cleared 14 feet to match the winning height with teammate James Smith, who took silver.
Individual scorers included Colin Lowe, D’Angelo Thomas, Xavier Webster, Hannah Pruitt and Emera Schrantz. Stratford competed at the Victor Lopez Outdoor Classic, March 23-25 at Rice University. The Spartans and Lady Spartans run at College Park on April 1 and host the District 15-6A championship meet April 11-12.
MEMORIAL BOYS TOP SBISD STANDINGS
Memorial was unmatched in team points at the SBISD Invitational, with the Mustangs amassing 862 ½ to win the boys division and the Lady Mustangs placing second to Cinco Ranch in the girls division.
The Mustangs were led by distance runner Luke Lewis, who won the 3,200 and took bronze in the 1,600. Scoring athletes for Memorial included Quinn Smith (long jump), Clayton Carrell (300 hurdles), Hunter Hardy (pole vault), Connor Daniel (pole vault), Ike Bartley (1,600), Finn Bremner (3,200), Stephen Rice (shot put), Jai Francis (800), Will Jackson (3,200) and Ethan Stimson (high jump).
Claire Bryant led the Lady Mustangs with gold medals in the long jump and high jump, as well as a silver medal in the triple jump and bronze in the 200. Bryant and Angela Womac took the top two spots in the long jump, leaping 17-2 and 16-7 ½, with Amy Womac finishing fourth.
Madison Quine won the 400 and Fiona Bremner won the 3,200 for Memorial, which received points from Claire Bolt and Hannah Snow in the pole vault. The Lady Mustangs also medaled on all three relays, including silver in the sprint and mile relays with Quine, the Womac sisters, Kara Kennedy and Kaleigh Stallings contributing.
Spring Woods had four individual varsity scorers including pole vault silver medalist Breanna Van Den Heuvel and shot put bronze medalist Elizabeth Orellana. Dana Dial (pole vault) and Jasmine Scott-Mathis (200) added points for the Lady Tigers.
Northbrook was led individually by Irving Peguero, who won the silver medal in the long jump and placed fourth in the 200.