Thorndale edges out Eagles in final event to take area track meet title

Milano’s Messer wins nine gold medals in last two track meets


Thorndale’s Seth Barker earned three gold medals (including pole vault) and accounted for 34 points at the area meet. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale’s Seth Barker earned three gold medals (including pole vault) and accounted for 34 points at the area meet. Reporter/Teresa Ging SOMERVILLE—It came down to the final leg of the final race to decide the Area track meet title and it came down to two south Milam County Class A schools­— Thorndale and Milano.

Heading into the 4x400 relay at the meet for Districts 25A and 26A, Thorndale set just five points ahead of Milano.

The teams were sitting twothree behind Holland going into the anchor leg of the event. Thorndale’s Keon Mays took the hand off about two seconds ahead of Milano’s Dominique Messer.

Mays was able to pass Holland’s Marquis Bilal in the third turn and sprint to a race win and Area meet title. The Bulldogs finished with 136.5 points.

Messer and his fellow Eagle runs would finish third in the race and second in the final standings. The bronze medal finish also ended the senior’s gold medal streak at nine. Milano finsihed with 123 points.


Milano’s Dominique Messer, right, just edges out Bartlett’s C.J. Roles in a photo finish in the 200-meter dash at the area track meet for Districts 25A and 26A in Somerville on Monday. It was Messer’s fourth gold medal of the day. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Milano’s Dominique Messer, right, just edges out Bartlett’s C.J. Roles in a photo finish in the 200-meter dash at the area track meet for Districts 25A and 26A in Somerville on Monday. It was Messer’s fourth gold medal of the day. Reporter/Marie Bakken Both teams had won their individual district titles last week.

MR. GOLD—In the last week, Milano’s Messer had collected nine golds and one bronze in his 10 events. He won first place in all five events at the district track meet held April 10-11 (long jump, triple jump, 200, 400, 1600 relay) and then four more titles at Monday’s area meet.

Messer set a new school record during his 200 meter race with a time of 22.48 seconds, just edging out Bartlett’s C.J. Roles (22.53) at he finish line.

Messer was also high point male athlete at each event, scoring 45 at district and 43 on Monday.

Thorndale’s Seth Barker was second high point at area, scoring 34 points.

BULLDOGS—Thorndale had a three gold medal performances from Seth Barker who won both 110 and 300 hurdles events, as well as the pole vault.

Mays also took first in his only other event, the 800 run.

EAGLES—Milano’s Alex Ferrara took first place in the high jump, the only gold medal not won by Messer for the Eagles. Ferrara also qualified both hurdle events.

GIRLS— On the varsity girls side, Thorndale finished fourth with 56 points and Milano fifth with 50 points behind defending state champion Snook’s 126 point performance.

There were no first place finishes for Thorndale or Milano girls, but they had several to qualify for the next round.

Thorndale’s Shelby Thomason finished second place in the 400 run behind defending state champion Shakera Barnes of Snook.

Milano’s Emily Overall was second in the discus to Somerville’s

Patrice Pleasant.

REGIONAL MEET—The top four finishers from the area meet advance to the Class A Region IV meet to be held April 26-27 at Converse Judson High School in San Antonio.

In the varsity boys division, Thorndale and Milano will both send athletes in 11 dif ferent events to the regional meet.

The Lady Dogs and Lady Eagles will each send athletes in six events to the regional meet.


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