Tigers take runner-up in district track meet


A whole host of Sealy runners, jumpers and throwers took up places on the podium at the boys District 25-4A Championships in Stafford last week.

It started in the short-distance sprints where Matthew Lord did what he does best and took 10 points thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200. Connor Krenek picked up another point for the team in the 400-meter dash with his sixth-place finish.

Vladimir Hernandez earned his podium finish in the 1,600-meter run, coming in fourth overall. Xavier Olvera and Daniel Medrano weren’t far behind, coming in seventh and ninth, respectively. The freshman Medrano also earned ninth in the 800-meter run, close to Keen Brown’s seventh-place finish in District 25.

The hurdle races were bountiful in the point department with Joel Gassiott taking fourth in both 110- and 300-meter versions of the sprints. He was joined by Draper Parker (seventh) in the shorter race although the longer one secured more points. Tigers finished second through fourth consecutively, with Parker, Emmanuel Aguilar and Gassiott finishing neck-and-neck-and-neck to pick up 18 points out of just one race.

Sealy’s relay teams finished in better positions the longer the race was. The 4x100-meter team of both Ivan and JaShaun Bolden, Noe Navarro and Lord grabbed a pair of points with their sixth-place spot. In the 4x200-meter relay, Jared Brandes, JaShaun Bolden, Clay Roberts and Navarro earned fifth and four points to the team score. Krenek, DaiKwan Brown, Callen Rabius and Aguilar raced to a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay to compile 12 points for the Tigers.

Gassiott returned in the field events to add even more points to the team score thanks to his first-place finish in the pole vault with a 12-foot-6 leap gave him a two-foot advantage on the second-place jumper. Jumping involving a more lateral approach into a pile of sand was also bountiful in point-scorers in black and gold with Ivan Bolden once again finishing atop both the long and triple jump podiums for 20 quick points. He was fifth in the high jump with a 5-foot-6 jump for a couple more points on top of those.

In the long jump, Bolden was joined by Ja’Marris Cotton, who took third, and in the triple. Parker and Krenek finished back-to-back in third and fourth, adding 16 points to the team total. Krenek also took eighth in the long jump although he just missed the point-scoring mark.

Bolden wasn’t the only one to take first in two events as Luke Thielemann threw both the discus and shot put the farthest, again adding 20 points to Sealy’s overall score. Jacob Evanicky secured fourth place in the discus as well and his four points were the final tallies that pushed the Tigers to 141 points at the end of the meet, a five-point advantage over Needville. Stafford, however, held a 23-point lead over Sealy in the end and took the district crown on its home turf.

The Tigers had the next chance to accomplish a similar feat as the Area Championships were hosted in Sealy with the top runners in Districts 25 and 26 converging on T.J. Mills Stadium to see who will be advancing on to the next stage.


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