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June 29, 2013

Summer track squads sending local thinclads to regional meet

— The Rockwall Mustangs, Club Vaultitude and Texas Titans Track Clubs all qualified multiple athletes to the USATF Region 12 Junior Olympics Championships next month with their performances at the USATF Southwestern Association Championships at Porcupine Stadium in Springtown last weekend.

The top six finishers at the Southwestern Association qualifier earned berths to the Region 12 championships at Turner Stadium in Humble on July 3-6.

The Rockwall Mustangs’ Destiny Jeter won the 11/12 Girls 800 (2:31.71) and came in fourth in the 400 (1:05.62).

Fiona Dunleavy claimed gold in the 17/18 3000 Race Walk (17:13.13) and brother Thomas duplicated the feat with a first place in the 13/14 3000 Race Walk (18:56.21).

Canyon Hall added a gold medal in the 9/10 Shot Put (26-11 3/4), Lauren Togerson picked up silver in the 9/10 Girls 1500 (5:52.70) and Julian Larkin won bronze in the 11/12 Boys 1500 (6:02.40).

Debbie Hammond’s Texas Titans dominated long distance events, with several winners in both boys and girls divisions.

Lilly Davila won the 17/18 Girls 3000 meters with a time of 12:14.61 and the 1500 meters with a time of 5:44.40 and Kyle Garcia finished first in the 17/18 Boys 3000 meters with a 9:32.82 clocking and first in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:17.38.

Brock Collins claimed the title in the 15/16 3000 with his 9:48.67 and captured the silver medal in the 1500 with his 4:28.51.

Other Titans qualifying in the 3000 meters were Diego Munoz (15/16), Damon Lewis (15/16), Tyler Connelly (17/18), Eric Newman (17/18) and Marco Morales (17/18).

Lewis and Munoz also qualified for Region 12 in the 1500, Justin Wood finished second in the 15/16 400 Hurdles and fourth in the 110 Hurdles and Eric Jones, Rod Chapman and Greg Marva finished third, fourth and fifth in the 17/18 Boys 800 meters.

The Titans also finished first in the 17/18 Boys 4X800 Relay and first in the 15/16 Boys 4X800 Relay.

Club Vaultitude’s Gaines Kinsey won the 17/18 Boys 800 meters with a time of 1:58.83.

All-American heptathlete Kaylee Hinton won’t compete until the Region 12 competition as all multi-event athletes were passed through to the regional championships.

The boys pole vaulters qualified nine for Region 12, with Noah Sewell winning the 13/14 division (10-06) and Luke Littlefield claiming gold in the 15/16 class (13-08 1/2).

Caleb Estes, Jack Littlefield, Clark Norris, Kyle Oldham, John Guthrie, Jonny Lee and Wyatt French also punched tickets to Region 12. Estes finished second in the 13/14 High Jump and third in the Shot Put as well.

Club Vaultitude qualified 10 with top six finishes in 15 events.

Tiffany James, Natalie Hawthorne, Elizabeth Oberle, Julia Watson, Abigail Tucker, Zoe Elledge and Savanah McKenzie qualified in the Pole Vault; Sarah Schneider, Savanah McKenzie, Rachel Hyvl and Sierra Gunter earned spots in the High Jump; Gunter qualified in the Long Jump and Shot Put; and Oberle earned berths in the Long Jump and Triple Jump.

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