Track Competes at Regionals


Tyra Rodden

Junior Keely Tiiman pole vaults at the Regional track meet. Tiiman won 4th overall.

Students competed at the Regional track meet at Humble High School April 28-29. Two boys and eight girls participated in an event.

“I’m very proud of the athletes who made it to regionals,” head girls track coach Chris Cochran said. “It really shows how far our track program has come, for us to not only qualify for regionals but to actually compete.”

The district track meet was held in Whitehouse April 27-28. From there, students advanced to the area track meet in College Station. The top four competitors in each event at area advanced to regionals.

“Area is good competition, but it doesn’t show you the true potential that athletes have,” junior Landen Weerts said. “The atmosphere at regionals was more serious and intimidating. It was definitely an eye opening experience for me.”

It was definitely an eye opening experience for me.”

— Ryleigh Rand

Five athletes competed at regionals in field events. Senior Katie Moore competed in discus, Senior Jacob Pruitt competed in triple jump, senior Amber Walker in high jump, and juniors Keely Tiiman and Andrew Spellman in pole vault. Moore, Walker, Tiiman and Spellman each placed fourth in their events.

“It was nice to have better competition, where athletes are serious about what they do,” Spellman said. “I did my personal best at regionals and I’m ready for the competition next year.”

Five athletes competed at regionals in running events. Ryleigh Rand and Tyra Rodden ran the 300 meter hurdles, and the team of Makayla Johnson, Kayla Daughtry, Tyra Rodden and Landen Weerts ran the 4×400 meter relay. Rand placed third overall in her event.

“Regionals was a great experience for me,” Rand said. “It was cool getting out and running against people at a competitive level, and getting third was a great accomplishment. It was good to see all of my hard work pay off.”

At the area track meet, Pruitt broke the standing school triple jump record with a jump of 45 feet and a half. His first year of jumping led to a successful last season.

“I was very surprised when I broke the school record, and I was so glad that I advanced to regionals,” Pruitt said. “It was fun getting to see the relays and the crazy good jumpers there.”