McKendrick speeds Dawgs to regionals
The Bulldogs accumulated 112 points in a hotly contested meet, st a head of Cameron (95), Academy (93) and Lexington
The regional meet will be held April 27- at Converse dson High School.
Steven McKendrick spearheaded Thorndale’s effort as the senior speedster earned three regional spots individually and then anchored the sprint relay, 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay teams to first place finishes.
McKendrick, along with Eric Guzman, Colton Youngblood and Keon Mays established a new school record in the 1,600 after being clocked at 3:23.96.
The old record of 3:25.64 was set by Coy Schneider, Aubrey White, David Luker and Carter Travis in 2001.
The sprint relay team of McKendrick, Youngblood, Tyler Miller and Seth Rutter were timed at 42.93 for first place.
McKendrick claimed the long jump championship with a leap of 20-feet, 11 inches and also collected another gold medal in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.12.
He was third in the triple jump at 40-5.
Youngblood qualified for the regional meet by placing third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:03.7.
Earlier in the year, Youngblood established a new school record in the 800, breaking Mike Mitchell’s 1981 mark of 2:04.38.
Mays also made regionals with a third place finish in the 400- meters at 51.37.
Thorndale was seventh on the girls side, behind defending state champion Cameron’s first place finish.
Katy Bransom (pole vault) and Shelbi Schneider (300-meter hurdles) collected the top finishes for the Lady Dawgs, placing fourth in their respective events.
The Thorndale tennis teams were successful at the District 27-2A tennis tournament played in Round Rock.
Tanner Thomas and Sam Richter advanced to the finals in district and earned a trip to regionals.
Sam Stock ton a nd Shelby Pausewang took second in mixed doubles and will be advancing to Regionals on April 18-19 in San Marcos.