The Bullard Panther and Lady Panther junior varsity and varsity track and field teams sprinted into the new season last week, as the teams loaded the buses and traveled down Highway 69 to compete against several local schools at the Tribe Relays Friday, March 3, at Jacksonville High School.
Bullard Panther Junior Varsity:
The Bullard Panther junior varsity track and field team competed against the tough competition at the Tribe Relays, placing 10th as a team with a team total score of nine points, beating out local schools included Bishop T.K. Gorman and Winona.
Josh Mascola was the Panther’s sole finisher in the 100 meter dash contest, taking home fourth place with a time of 11.70.
In the 200 meter dash competition, Cade Duvak was able to prowl his way down the track to claim a sixth place finish with a time of 24.20.
David Simmons proved to have a strong arm in the discus contest at the Tribe Relays, placing fourth with a throw of 103’-10’’.
Bullard Lady Panther Junior Varsity:
The Bullard Lady Panther junior varsity track and field team finished their first meet of the season well, placing seventh overall with a team total score of 36 points, outracing competitor schools such as Athens, Palestine, and John Tyler.
In the 800 meter run, the Lady Panthers were led by the speed and stamina of Erin Berry, who sped past the competition to claim a first place finish with a time of 2:34.18.
Cami Younger was also a fierce racer for the Lady Panther junior varsity track team, racing her way to a fifth place finish in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 6:54.59.
In the 3,200 meter run, Julehissa Galvan was the fastest Lady Panther runner, making her way around the track and taking home fourth place with a time of 16:39.00.
Maci Turrentine was able to run and leap her way to a fourth place finish for the team in the 100 meter hurdle race, finishing with a time of 20.06.
In the 4x100 meter relay, the Lady Panther junior varsity team of Jacelyn Cowart, Shelbee Walker, Marcia Arriola, and Jenna Deese was able to work together to claim a sixth place finish with a time of 58.46.
The Lady Panther team of Cowart, Payton Brown, Walker, and Erin Berry also found success on the track, finishing the 4X400 meter relay in fifth place with a time of 4:56.20.
In the pole vault contest, Turrentine was able to soar over the bar and finish atop the standings in first place for the team with a vault of 8’-6”.
Bullard Panther Varsity:
The Bullard Panther varsity track and field team was one of the stronger teams competing at the Tribe Relays, finishing the meet in sixth place overall with a team total score of 57 points, besting several other local teams, including Jacksonville, Palestine, and Winona.
In the 200 meter dash, D’Juan Martin was the fastest Panther in the competition, placing second with a time of 22.94. Jerrod Shrode also raced for the Panthers in the contest, placing fourth with a time of 23.84.
The Panther varsity team of Brett Timme, Ty Crayton, Tre Crayton, and D’Juan Martin were able to combine their speed and efforts to take home sixth place in the 4X100 meter relay, finishing the race with a time of 44:03.
In the 4X200 meter relay, the Panther team of Timme, Ty Crayton, Tre Crayton, and Martin prowled down the track and placed fourth with a time of 1:33.96.
Martin was also a strong competitor for the Panthers in the long jump contest, finishing in first place with a jump of 20’-7 ¾”. Ty Crayton also represented the Panthers in the competition, taking home second place with a jump of 20’-6 ¾”.
In the discus contest, Derek Landrum’s strong arm powered him to a second place finish with a throw of 124’-7”.
Will McCowin was able to jump and soar over the bar in the high jump contest, placing fourth with a jump of 6’-4”.
In the pole vault competition, Cody Neel and Tanner Lacoste were both able to claim strong finishes, with both Panther vaulters tying for sixth place with vaults of 9’-6”.
Bullard Lady Panther Varsity:
The Bullard Lady Panther varsity track and field team finished strong in the standings at the Tribe Relays, finishing in fifth place overall with a team total score of 80 points, defeating several other competing teams, including Lufkin, Palestine, and Bishop T.K. Gorman.
In the 400 meter dash, Maddie Lee sped her way down the track and past the competition for the Lady Panthers, taking home the first place finish with a time of 1:01.62.
Emily Berry represented the Lady Panthers well in the 800 meter run contest, finishing the race in second place with a time of 2:34.19. Berry also was a strong runner in the 3,200 meter run, taking home second place with a time of 13:27.
In the 100 meter hurdles, the lone racer for the Lady Panthers was Ashlyn Meador, who was able to claim a third place finish for the team with a time of 17.13. Meador also finished fourth in the 300 meter hurdle contest with a time of 51.40.
The Lady Panther varsity track 4x100 meter team, including Lamaria Thompson, Maddie Lee, Sadie Spencer, and Abby Petty, was able to prowl their way around the track and finish in fifth place with a time of 51.51.
In the 4X400 meter relay, the Lady Panther runners of Lee, Emilee Lewis, Meador, and Petty, raced past the competition and claimed a second place finish with a time of 4:24.50.
Lee was a strong performer for the Lady Panthers in the long jump contest, finishing the event in sixth place with a jump of 15’-6”. Lee also took fourth place in the triple jump competition with a jump of 32’-6 ½”.
A trio of Lady Panthers represented the team in the final standings of the Tribe Relay’s discus contest, including Sara Wallace, placing first with a throw of 98’-1”; Riley Randall, placing fifth with a throw of 93’-4”; and Emily Pittman, placing sixth with a throw of 90’-1”.
In the pole vault, Kami Stephens and Macy Riley were the highest finishing Lady Panther vaulters, soaring to fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively, both finishing with vaults of 8’-6”.
Next meet: Thursday, March 9 – Panther Relays at Bullard’s Panther Stadium.