Southwest Houston athletes take gold at Texas Relays
The southwest side of the Greater Houston area produced several exceptional performances at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, March 29-April 1 at the University of Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium. Competing with many of the state’s best at the prestigious invitational event, George Ranch, Katy, Hightower and Strake Jesuit brought home gold medals.
Hightower’s Gabriel Oladipo set a new stadium record in the discus, heaving 205 feet, 1 inch to break the mark of 204-3 set last year. The Hurricanes standout also took third in a stacked shot put field, throwing 62-9 for the bronze medal.
Katy’s girls distance runners continued to excel, winning two relays. The team of Audrey Witham, Abigail Brudnick, Mallory Morgan and Brooke Lomax finished the 3,200-meter relay in 9 minutes, 15.70 seconds for the championship. Olivia Einarsson joined Lomax, Morgan and Brudnick for more gold and a time of 12:04.05 in the distance medley relay.
George Ranch sprinted to the 800-meter relay championship as Sebastian Arellano, Jayson Baldridge, Avery Veiseh and Champion Allison clocked a 1:24.47. The Longhorns also won the bronze medal in the mile relay, indicating they could be back in Austin in May for the UIL state meet.
Strake Jesuit brought home the 3,200-meter relay title, with Will Hartwig, Alex Mills, Jeffrey Price and Jason Bugg running a 7:50.90. The Crusaders also ran to bronze in the sprint medley relay.
Standout performances at the Texas Relays included a silver medal and meet record from Tompkins’ Katelyn Anderson, who surpassed the javelin stadium record with a throw of 134-3. Local silver medalists included Lamar’s girls sprint medley relay and distance runner Julia Heymach, Foster’s boys 3,200-meter relay, St. John’s boys 400-meter relay and Seven Lakes thrower Cooper Campbell.
TEXAS RELAYS FINALISTS
Katy 3200 relay, 1st, 9:15.70 (Audrey Witham, Abigail Brudnick, Mallory Morgan, Brooke Lomax)
Katy distance medley relay, 1st, 12:04.05 (Brooke Lomax, Mallory Morgan, Olivia Einarsson, Abigail Brudnick)
Lamar sprint medley relay, 2nd, 3:59.39 (Sydney Dillard, Milan Young, Sydney Allen, Julia Heymach)
Katelyn Anderson, Tompkins, 2nd, javelin, 134-3*
Julia Heymach, Lamar, 2nd, 3200, 10:42.70
Kinkaid 400 relay, 3rd, 48.15 (Katelyn Gamble, Emma Sykes, Allison Favaloro, Kennedy Gamble)
St. Agnes 1600 relay, 3rd, 3:56.12 (Maysen Odom, Lauren Lowe, Megan Rotter, Cristen Harrison)
Kailei Collins, Tompkins, 4th, 100, 11.78
Kennedy Gamble, Kinkaid, 4th, 100, 11.79
Venae Jessurun, Second Baptist, 4th, 100 hurdles, 14.64
Peyton Brown, St. John’s, 5th, 1600, 4:58.16
Javlyn Cameron, Mayde Creek, 5th, 100 hurdles, 13.77
Hawa Wague, Fort Bend Austin, 6th, high jump, 5-4
Cinco Ranch distance medley relay, 8th, 12:40.30 (Isabelle Nielson, Amira Cooks, Mackenzie Duck, Megan Hopper)
Isabelle Nielson, Cinco Ranch, 8th, 2000 steeplechase, 7:29.43
Milan Young, Lamar, 8th, 100 hurdles, 13.93; 3rd, 300 hurdles, 42.03
St. Agnes 400 relay, 9th, 50.03 (Ezinne Anozie, Venessa Anwuri, Cristen Harrison, Maysen Odom)
Carrie McIntyre, Awty International, 9th, 3200, 10:59.93
George Ranch 800 relay, 1st, 1:24.47 (Sebastian Arellano, Jayson Baldridge, Avery Veiseh, Champion Allison)
Strake Jesuit, 1st, 3200 relay, 7:50.90 (Will Hartwig, Alex Mills, Jeffrey Price, Jason Bugg)
Gabriel Oladipo, Hightower, 3rd, shot put, 62-9; 1st, discus, 205-1*
Foster 3200 relay, 2nd, 7:54.03 (Tolulope Badmus, Warren Garnes, Collin Williams, Christopher Wise)
St. John’s 400 relay, 2nd, 42.56 (Will Marx, Collin Fullen, Ian Thakur, Genson Hooper Price)
Cooper Campbell, Seven Lakes, 2nd, shot put, 63-1.25
George Ranch 1600 relay, 3rd, 3:13.14 (Avery Veiseh, Jayson Baldridge, Faybian Marks, Champion Allison)
Strake Jesuit sprint medley relay, 3rd, 3:27.47 (Matthew Drury, Luke Stavinoha, Matthew Boling, Jason Bugg)
Mason Corbin, Tompkins, 3rd, high jump, 6-9
Michael Matus, Katy, 3rd, discus, 187-1
Jacob Adair, George Ranch, 4th, pole vault, 15-4
Otito Ogbonnia, Katy Taylor, 4th, shot put, 59-2.25
Alief Taylor 1600 relay, 5th, 3:19.06 (Eric Prier, Lavone Brown, Devin Williams, Myron Smith)
John Barber, Travis, 5th, shot put, 58-9; 7th, discus, 174-8
Genson Hooper Price, St. John’s, 5th, 100, 10.92
Alief Taylor 800 relay, 7th, 1:26.61 (Tyjarrel Williams, Brennan Eagles, Richard Ogunleye, Myron Smith)
David Perry, Tompkins, 7th, shot put, 57-3.75
Preston Swiggart, Houston Christian, 7th, high jump, 6-7
Ryan Yerrow, Katy, 7th, 3200, 9:15.47
Foster 1600 relay, 8th, 3:23.40 (Julian Claiborne, Tolulope Badmus, Collin Williams, Christopher Wise)
Ben Percefull, Tompkins, 9th, pole vault, 14-10