Thorndale, Milano fall short in regional track competition
Thorndale’s Mirah Knapek and Milano’s Thomas Sanders both missed out on a trip to Austin by inches in their respective jumping events at the Class A Region IV track meet held at Bowers Stadium on the campus of Sam Houston State University.
Knapek finished just two inches behind second place Megan Niemann of Woodsboro in the Class A girls long jump and missing out on state meet appearance.
Niemann leaped 17 feet, one inch, while Knapek’s jump was 16-11. Oakwood’s Felicia Williams won the event with a jump of 17-6.5.
The Thorndale junior also competed in the Class A girls triple jump. She finished eighth with a leap of 34-1..
Knapek earned a trip to the state meet last year as a part of the 1,600-relay team.
Sanders finished third in the boys triple jump. His best attempt was 43-0.5. Randall Kadlacek of Riesel finished just ahead of Sanders at 43-4.75. Chilton’s Mantrez Landrum dominated the event with a winning jump of 50-1.75.
The Lady Dogs sprint relay team of Kara Niemtschk, Tamicka Cook, Petra Garcia and Knapek finished fourth with a time of 50.97 seconds. Niemtschk is only senior on the relay squad.
Shiner won the race with a time of 49.89, followed by Grapeland in second at 50.14. Flatonia was third with a time of 50.39.
Thorndale’s girls 800-meter relay team of Niemtschk, Cook, Knapek and Margie Llana placed fourth in that race as well with a time of 1:48.95.
Flatonia won a trip to the state meet with a time of 1:46, followed by Shiner at 1:47.04 and Grapeland was third at 1:47.75.
The Lady Dogs went into the final with the second fastest time behind Flatonia.
The mile-relay team of Niemtschk, Llana, Knapek and Lizzie Marr finished eighth with a time of 4:27. They went into the finals with the fifth quickest time out of the preliminaries.
Falls City and Brackettville Brackett will represent the region with winning times of 4:11 and 4:10, respectively.
Thorndale’s boys sprint relay team finished fifth with a time of 44.33 with members Kenneth Talley, Seth Rutter, Steven McKendrick and Kasey Corcoran.
Mart won the race with a time of 43.53, with Somerville second at 43.65. Chilton had the fastest time going into Tuesday’s finals at 42.79, but were disqualified in the final race for passing the baton out of the zone.
The Bulldogs’ mile relay team of McKendrick, Corcoran, Dustin Schneider and Colton Youngblood finished sixth with a time of 3:38. Louise won the race with a time of 3:29.80, followed closely by Lovelady at 3:29.81
In other events, Milano senior Sam Walker placed ninth in the boys discus with a throw of 119- 2 while fellow Eagle senior John Paniagua was 14th in the boys mile with a time of 5:14.
Another Milano senior Ryan Karl finished his track career with a fifth place run in the boys 3,200-meter run. He clocked a time of 10:39.
A couple of area runners failed to make it out of the preliminaries in their events. Neither Brandi Munoz of Thor ndale and Jordan Hughes of Milano recorded fast enough times in Monday’s prelims of their respective 800 meter runs to advance to Tuesday’s finals.
Munoz was 12th in the prelims with a time of 2:42. Hughes was 13th with 2:12 run.
In the overall team totals, the Thorndale girls finished 10th with 22 points. Shiner won the regional championship with 76 points.
Milano f inished 22nd and Thorndale 24th overall in the boys division with six and eight points, respectively. Lovelady won the regional title with 62 points.