Durant High School’s track and field team posted several personal best efforts in the rugged Gainesville Invitational Meet on Thursday evening.
The event featured several Texas powerhouses including Gainesville, McKinney North, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Denison and Highland Park.
Leading the way for the DHS finishers was Destinee Lewis in the discus as the senior won the competition with a throw of 138 feet, four inches.
Shayla Harper also topped the tough field in the 100 hurdles, clocking in with a 16.65 for the win.
In the 200 meters, Lauren Ruminer just missed the top slot, finishing second in 27.40. Regan Ramos was third in the 3200 meters at 13:29.
Cassidy Ward placed fourth in the shot put at 32 feet, six inches.
Other Lady Lions that competed but did not place included Catie McCraw (14:52) in the 3,200 meters while Kacey Devora posted a 1:04.46 in the 400 and Jacy Springer added a time of 1:07.08.
The 800 meters saw Devora clock in at 2:39.27 with Springer at 2:40.50 and Adrian Tucker at 2:46.82.
Alli and Maddi Keel tied in the 200 meters at 31.87 seconds while in the 1,600 meters, Ramos finished in 6:03.71, Tucker recorded a 6:17.08 and McCraw finished in 6:27.08.
Durant’s 400 relay team of Harper, Alli Keel, Ruminer and Tristyn Hamilton ran a 52.07 with the 800 squad of Harper, Maddi Keel, Hamilton and Ruminer finishing in 1:52.46.
The varsity boys competition was much the same story with the Lions’ best finishes in the field events.
Senior Bruen Wood claimed first in the shot put with a heave of 50 feet, one inch as Landon Tubbs checked in fifth at 42 feet, 9 1/2 inches.
Tubbs also ended fourth in the discus at 124 feet, 9 1/2 inches.
The Lions had all personal best times in the 1,600 meters with J.D. Youngblood (5:21.82), Connor Hall (5:28.39) and Arya Guatam (5:40.25) all participating.
Bryson Jones (57.34) and Isaias Palanco (57.59) also recorded personal best marks in the 400 meters but fell just short of placing.
In the 100 meters Austin Hill clocked in at 12.08 seconds. Youngblood (11:45.72), Hall (12:07.39) and Guatam (13:13.72) also ran in the 3,200 meters.
The relay events saw the 400 meter group of Tre’ Harper, Aiden Cockrell, Jaston Daniels and Brandon Davis finishing in 45.44 seconds. The 800 relay squad of Harper, Cockrell, Davis and Chayton Ned had a time of 1:36.37 and the 1,600 foursome of Isaiah Marris, Palanco, Jordan Fenner and Hill finished with a time of 3:59.63.
Durant’s top showings in the JV division of the meet came in the field events as well as Hanna Cuesta and Jaden Springer took home first place honors in the shot put and discus respectively. Cuesta threw 26 feet, 9 1/4 inches while Springer won with a toss of 85 feet, 11 inches. L’Shell King was also sixth in the discus at 55 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Madelynn Coffey ran a personal best time of 6:44.25 in the 1600 meters with Nakayla Arguelles also notching a personal best in the 400 meters at 1:16.19.
In the 200 meters, Melina Schroeder clocked in at 30.15 and Kenslie Clark had a time of 32.63. Arguelles and Patience Brown both posted a 3:16.47 in the 800 meters while Coffey ran the 3200 in 14:41 and Kylee Reed checked in at 16:00.
The Lady Lion 400 relay group of Kristin Pipkins, Emma Stafford, Kenslie Clark and Trinity Cook posted a time of 58.59 with the same foursome completing the 800 relay in 2:07.20.
For the JV boys, Marris (57.45) and Fenner (58.28) had personal best marks in the 400 meters while Blake Burkhalter clocked in at 1:05.88.
Durant also got a personal best from Jesse Barker with a finish of 2:25.89 in the 800 meters just ahead of Dominic Wynn (2:35.62) and James Ratliff (2:43).
In the 100 meters, Matthew Gillis ran an 11.82, Lucas Fitzgerald checked in at 12.71 and Julian Compean had a 12.81. Aaron Floyd posted a 53.9 finish in the 300 hurdles. The trio of Barker (5:39.19), Wynn (5:43.03) and Ratliff (5:47.27) also competed in the 1,600 meters.
The Lions’ 800 relay squad of Malachi Lehr, Colton Pritchard, Stephen Marcum and Harry Weaver recorded a time of 1:42.07.
Durant’s next action comes March 23 with the freshmen at a meet in Ada while the varsity squad will be at Madill on March 24.
Contact Kevin Farr at 580-634-2161 or [email protected]