Three athletes qualify for state

Three track and field athletes have qualified for the state meet after strong performances at the Conference 1A Region 3 meet last weekend at Whitney High School.
F o r e s t b u r g H i g h School advances the cousin duo of Alexia Britain and Zach Bradley to the state shot put competition, set for May 11-12. Britain threw 31-10.50 in the varsity girls shot put competition at the regional meet to secure a second place finish and her spot at state.
“We set a goal all year that we wanted to make it to state, and we knew we had a good chance with their natural ability and work ethic we knew we could get where we wanted and obtain that,” said Forestburg Track Coach Cori Hayes. “Zach and Lexi being cousins makes it extra special and they are getting to go together.”
Meanwhile, Bradley blew away the competition for first place in varsity boys shot put with a throw of 42-09.00. Prairie Valley High School athlete Chase Edwards flew 6-01 during the boys high jump competition for second place and an appearance at state.
“Chase is a hardworking kid and I’m glad that his hard work is paying off,” Prairie Valley Coach Zac Tabor said. “Going into the meet, he knew he had a chance to advance if he stayed focused and jumped well. He did just that and is now the first boy since 2013 and only the second boy ever in school history to qualify for the state meet.”

Multiple other athletes from Montague County had strong showings at the meet, including the four athletes representing Gold-Burg High School.

“I was thrilled for our Gold-Burg kids to get to experience the next level of competition,” said Gold-Burg Track Coach Cheryl Cromleigh. “We had two athletes who had been before and two who had never been. It was a great experience for everyone.”

Junior Will Hamilton threw his way to a fifth place finish in the varsity boys shot put competition, while junior Blake
Allen finished regionals with a 9th place showing.

“They had personal records at the regional track meet and Blake finished in ninth place, one place out of making it to the finals. He jumped really well,” said Gold-Burg Track Coach Gordon Williams. “It’s always nice to do your best jump and throw at the regional meet. Will finished fifth, about a foot away from being in the top two or three.”

To see how the rest of the county athletes did, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.