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    Centennial’s girls 400-meter relay team took first-place at the Class 5A Region I track and field championships in a regional-record time of 45.35 seconds. The team will compete at May 10 at the state championships. Shown are, from left, Jaelyn Tucker, Kertisa Amos, Kendahl Tucker and Amyria Walker. COURTESY PHOTO/SHAW STUDIOS

Lady Spartans win regional title

For the third consecutive meet, Centennial’s girls track and field team came home a champion.

The Lady Spartans scored 80 points to claim the Class 5A Region I championship. It was the first regionlal title in the program’s history and also the first girls track and field regional title for a Burleson ISD school. Amarillo was second with 70 points and Saginaw Chisholm Trail was third (61 points).

“I had no idea this was the first but that’s pretty cool,” Centennial girls coach Sarah Eden said of becoming the first girls team from Burleson ISD to win a regional track and field title. “We were all pretty devasted after the false start in the 1,600 relay. We just came out and performed. I didn’t know what to expect after the false start. I was hoping that’s what it would do. They are pretty amazing.”

The Region I meet took place Friday and Saturday in Lubbock at PlainsCapital Park/Lowrey Field on the campus of Texas Tech University.

The top two finishers in each event qualified for the UIL Class 5A state championships. There is also one wildcard for the state meet each event. The wildcard is the athlete or relay team that has the fastest time or best distance among all the non-qualifiers in the four regional meets.

The state meet will take place May 10 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The girls will also be sending a school-record two individuals (in three events) and two relay teams to state. The boys squad qualified its first competitors for the state championships.
Sophomore Savoria Anderson, the first Lady Spartan to medal at the state meet, will compete again in the triple jump at state after finishing second with an effort of 38 feet, 5.75 inches. Anderson will also compete in the long jump thanks to receiving a wildcard invite. The sophomore placed third in the long jump with a personal-best effort of 18-2.25.
Senior Sarah Trammel qualified for state in the 3,200 meters. In her final regional meet, Trammel placed second in personal-best time of 11 minutes, 21.29 seconds.

The Lady Spartans qualified both their 400 and 800 relay teams. Both won in regional record times.

The girls 400 relay team of seniors Jaelyn Tucker and Kertisa Amos and freshmen Kendahl Tucker and Amyria Walker won the regional title in a time of 46.35. The team of Anderson, Amos, senior Toni Howard and Walker finished first in the 800 relay in a time of 1:40.50.

Centennial will be sending its first boys to the sate meet. Senior Trevor Suggs will compete in the shot put after finishing second with an effort of 54-0.25. The Spartans will have two wildcard athletes in junior Nick Newby and senor Randon Gray. Newby finished third in the 800 in a personal-best time of 1:55.68. Gray will compete in the pole vault after clearing 16-feet to finish third.

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