In the first track meet with a full squad, the Tigers raced to a fifth-place overall finish at the Tom Tom Relays in Yoakum with big contributions both on the track and in the field.
Luke Thielemann tossed a shotput 42’ 3.25” which was good enough for fourth place, earning four points to the total team score.
He saved his best for the discus, where he registered a 157’ 10.75” throw to grab his second win in the event so far this season, while also increasing his season record.
Last week, he and head coach Giles Montgomery traveled to the Cypress Falls Golden Eagle Invitational where a 148’ throw was all he needed to take first against a majority of Cypress Fairbanks ISD.
Junior James Gassiott provided a 13-foot pole vault to grab a second-place finish and put eight more points to Sealy’s team score.
A pair of Tigers finished in the top three in the long jump, with Ivan Bolden winning the event with a 21’ 3” jump. Matthew Lord took third, jumping 20’ 3.5” to bring 16 total points to the team.
Bolden added more damage in the triple jump and was joined by sophomore Draper Parker in scoring more points.
The underclassman Parker finished fourth with a leap of 40’ 8.5” to earn four points and Bolden covered 43’ 3.25” on his jump to score eight points and finish second.
Fellow underclassmen Vladimir Hernandez (sophomore) and Xavier Olvera (freshman) finished back to back in fourth and fifth respectively in the 3200-meter run, crossing the finish line just a second apart.
Continuing the youth movement, freshman Daniel Medrano grabbed a second-place finish in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:11.62, putting eight more points to the Tiger total. He was joined by junior Keen Brown, who took home a fourth-place finish, running 2:14.65.
In the always-competitive 110-meter hurdles, Parker finished fifth, less than a second behind the third and fourth-place finishers, with a 17.41.
Without the hurdles, the sprint decreased to only 100 meters and Lord crossed the finish line first in a photo finish with his 10.96 narrowly beating out the 11.00 time of the runner up.
Parker came back for a longer hurdle race, this one 300 meters, and he grabbed another point for his team with a sixth-place finish in 44.01.
Lord, too, was not finished running and took home the 200-meter championship with a 22.50 time that gave him a little more of a cushion in front of the second-place finisher who registered a 22.86.
Olvera returned for a 1600-meter race and secured a fifth-place finish in 5:08.03, solidifying the final two points for Sealy’s total.
When it was all said and done, the Tigers racked up 90 points, just 13 behind the winning team from Calhoun.
Second, third and fourth place were determined by just a point and a half with Refugio taking the runner-up position with 93, then Rockport Fulton with 92.5 and finally Cuero finished with 91.5.
Sealy’s next meet will be on its home turf, at T.J. Mills Stadium, Thursday afternoon at the Sam Dierschke Relays.