Tigers take third team title


Since hosting their own meet, the Sealy boys’ track team has come away with the top spot in the team competition in each of the next three meets.

This time out, at the Royal Relays in Brookshire, the Tigers were powered by three athletes who compiled 20 or more individual points, finishing in the top seven point-scorers across varsity male athletes.

Draper Parker took the top overall spot with 28 total points coming from a pair of first-place finishes (triple jump and 300-meter hurdles) as well as a second-place spot in the 110-meter hurdles.

Joel Gassiot was the next-highest Sealy scorer with 22 points coming from a first-place spot in pole vault, second in the 4x400-meter relay and fourth-place finishes in both hurdle races.

Luke Thielemann represented the throwers and racked up 20 points by himself after finishing first in both discus and shot put events.

A couple other regular staples for the Tigers got the call to compete in the high school division of the Texas Relays in Austin and both Ivan Bolden and Matthew Lord showed out in Sealy colors.

Lord, the sprint specialist, registered a time of 11.06 in the 100-meter dash which was good enough for 18th overall out of some of the top 35 runners in the state.

In the long-jump pit, Bolden came in 17th overall out of 31 total jumpers with his leap of 21’ 11”. Head coach Giles Montgomery noted his phone rang not long after Bolden set a school record in the long jump in the previous meet, qualifying him for this elevated competition.

The rest of their teammates pushed on against Royal, with more contributions coming from the track.

Without Lord to take care of short-distance races, the Tigers came away with fourth in the 200-meter dash thanks to Jared Brandes and added first- and sixth-place finishes in the 400 with Dai’Kwan Brown and Connor Krenek registering those spots.

In the 800, Daniel Medrano came in third while Vladimir Hernandez and Xavier Olvera finished back-to-back in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs. In the shorter race the pair from Sealy finished third and fourth respectively, but in the longer run they took the top two spots, in the same order both times.

On top of hurdle efforts from Gassiott and Parker, Emmanuel Aguilar tossed in a third-place finish in the 300-meter race to add some more points.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Noe Navarro, Clay Roberts, Ja’Marris Cotton and Ja’Shaun Bolden added a fourth-place finish with a 45.92 time.

Cotton also supplied a fifth-place spot in the long jump and Krenek’s best triple jump was good enough for fourth place to round out a total of 158 points, well ahead of second-place Fulshear’s 111.

That meet in Brookshire signaled the end of the regular season so to speak, with the next scheduled meet showing the district meet in Stafford next Wednesday and Thursday.

From there, the top qualifiers will move to the Area Meet set for April 18.


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