Thorndale, Milano athletes aim to make their mark at state

Soaring Garza represents Eagles; speed is the thing for Dawgs

Milano senior pole vaulter Brandon Garza will return to the state track meet for the second straight year as Region IV champion in the event.

Garza is set to compete at 9 a.m. Friday at Mike Myers Stadium in the Class A boys pole vault.

The lone Milano participant in this year’s meet, Garza cleared 13- 0 feet to win the regional meet.

Garza, along with five other vaulters cleared 13-0 to qualify for the meet. Seth Barker of Meridian cleared 13-6, Alex Graham of Panhandle cleared 14-0 and Brandon Gill of Clyde Eula leads the pack with a height of 14-6.

Gill, Lindsay’s Jace Wann and Canadian’s Braden Hudson also return in the field of nine this year.

Garza finished eighth at the 2011 contest.

Speed was the theme for Thorndale at the regional meet as both the mile relay and sprint relay teams qualified for the state track meet.

The mile relay team, consisting of Eric Guzman, Colton Youngblood, Keon Mays and Steven McKendrick blazed to a first place finish with a clocking of 3:25.42.

The sprint relay team—Tyler Miller, Seth Rutter, Youngblood and McKendrick—was second at 43.46.

McKendrick, along with Eric Guzman, Colton Youngblood and Keon Mays established a new school record earlier in the season 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. McKendrick had qualified for three individual places in the long jump, 400-meters and triple jump but failed to move on in any of the events.

The 400-relay team will run at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, while the 1,600-relay squad will perform at 9:15 p.m. Friday.

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