The Waldron Bulldogs track team came in like a wrecking ball at last nights 3A-1W Sr Districts held in Mansfield. They took on each event with confidence and poise. And by the end of the night, everyone knew who the Bulldogs were. Champions. The Bulldogs won overall First Place Champions and qualified eight athletes to compete in ten events at the 3A State Track Meet.
In the High Jump, Gavlen Wagner placed fourth, for a fifth-place tie was Braden Williams and Isaac Villareal, and taking eighth was Levi Hayden. In Long Jump, Gabino Grano placed fourth, taking seventh was Mason Ford, Isaac Villareal took eighth, and Caden Fuller made 11th. In Triple Jump, first place was Bryson Bailey, taking second was Levi Hayden, in third was Mason Ford, and making ninth was Seth Kastl. For Shot Put, ranking second was Trevor Root, taking third was Peyton Brown, and making ninth was Rick Hinojosa. In Discus, making fourth was Rick Hinojosa, in fifth was Matthew Tegtmeyer, ranking eighth was Spencer Chapel, and taking 20th place was Trever Root.
In Pole Vault, making second was Matthew Tegtmeyer, in sixth was Carson Cain, and taking ninth was Jordan Dickens. In the 4×800, Waldron placed third. In the 4×100, the Bulldogs took first. And in the 4×400, the boys ranked second. In the 110 M Hurdles, taking first was Isaac Villareal, making third was Drake Carnley, and placing 13th was Seth Kastl. In the 100 M Dash, making first place was Bryson Bailey, taking second was Gabino Grano, ranking fifth was Levi Hayden, and in 16th was Carson Cain. In the 1600 M Run, taking seventh was Evan Ledesma and in eighth place was Ethan Martin. In the 400 M Dash, in third was Caden Fuller, making seventh was Ruben Valdez, ranking 10th was Tyler Wright, and taking 11th was Garron Deramus.
In the 300 Hurdles, first place was Isaac Villareal, making third was Drake Carnley, and taking 13th Seth Kastl. In the 800 M Run, taking eighth was Zach Canada. In the 200 M Dash, making first was Gabino Grano, taking second was Bryson Bailey, and in fifth was Levi Hayden. In the 3200 M Run, sixth place was Ethan Martin, making eighth was Evan Ledesma, and taking ninth was Mitchell Wright. High Point for the boys went to Bryson Bailey.
Track Coach, Chance Tanner earned the prestigious Coach of the Year award. Coach Tanner had this to say about the season, “The season started off great in February when we brought home the 3A Indoor State championship trophy. Since then we have just been trying to keep that momentum rolling throughout the outdoor season. We knew we had a few athletes that could prequalify for State Outdoor on April 30th and we have qualified a couple of those athletes but due to some unfortunate weather and a couple of injuries we didn’t quite get all of the pre-qualifying marks we were hoping for.”
“Luckily, you can finish 1st or 2nd in your event at conference to make it to State and that’s how we have qualified 8 athletes in 10 different events. Winning a conference championship is always awesome and the boys’ team has accomplished that over the past 3 years, so we are trying to shift that focus to State now and make winning State the new expectation. I believe in the coming years we can take double the amount of athletes we get to State. Our greatest strength is that we are a very young squad, of the eight going to State, two are seniors, so the future is very promising.”