Around the track reagan co., irion co., wall athletes post elite marks database uml

It’s a sentiment that has been felt by area high school track and field coaches and ultimately by the track coaches at angelo state university: there needs to be a great high school meet — not too far away — during spring break.

Athletes came to legrand stadium from as far away as leander, corpus christi, san antonio and the texas panhandle and a lot of places in between. Twenty-six schools were represented, some bringing an athlete or two, others fielding an entire team.

It was a little bit of a preview of this week’s san angelo relays, with boys teams from sonora and wall battling away as always for the championship. Sonora won the team title last week and is the defending san angelo relays division II team champion.Angelo relays

It was a potential warmup for the region II-1A meet, which ASU hosts in april.

Blackwell, borden county and O’donnell were a few of the smallest schools taking advantage of the regional dress rehearsal.

The meet yielded 12 elite performances, according to milesplittx, which is part of a national database of track and field performances of all levels.

Four area athletes claimed those “elite” marks that also lead or are near the top of the area performance list. They include area girls competitors jayslynn reyes of reagan county and macy mcnutt of irion county. Also included were wall boys pole vaulters garrett stephens and mark van de walle.

Reyes, whose personal record of 12.16 seconds in the 100 meters was set at last year’s districts 3&4-3A area meet, zoomed to a fully automatic time of 12.21 thursday at ASU to win the race and let the region I world know she’s still a contender for regional gold.Last year

Last year, reyes was second at regionals after posting the best prelim time. She didn’t match that PR earned april 20 the rest of the way and finished seventh at the UIL state track and field championships, just .02 seconds off finishing in the points.

But the sophomore chalked it up to good experience and the most poised junior has now posted a comparable time a whole month ahead of last year’s pace.

Irion county’s macy mcnutt throws the discus in the class 1A girls discus during the UIL state track and field championships on friday, may 12, 2017, at mike A. Myers stadium in austin. (photo: thomas metthe/reporter-news)

The senior who finished third at state last year in her first appearance, was in first place in the discus throw after the prelims and if she had thrown her best, could have brought home the gold.County macy

Competing against 1A defending state champion and state-record holder zoe burleson from rocksprings, mcnutt heaved PR of 138 feet, 9 inches. It was second place behind burleson’s personal best of 142-10.

Burleson’s mark eclipses her PR last year, which broke the 1A state meet record. And it was just the kind of competition needed by mcnutt, who will not have to face burleson for a state title.

McNutt, who broke her school’s record last year in throwing 129-5, could seriously push that record out to perhaps an unreachable distance for those that come behind her.

The pair also hit season-bests in the shot put, where they also went 1-2. Burleson is the defending state champ in that event as well.County macy mcnutt barely missed qualifying to state last year in that event.

Last year’s 3A state meet silver-medal winner garrett stephens, has hit 14-0 and 14-6 so far this year. The 14-6 clearance earned him the ASU meet title over teammate mark van de walle.

San angelo track fans have several chances to see the two vaulters in action. They vault saturday at the san angelo relays at san angelo stadium.

Look for more about one of the premier west texas meets in our print editions friday, saturday and sunday and updated throughout each of those days on our website gosanangelo.Com.

Amy mcdaniel is a multimedia sports journalist for the san angelo standard-times.Last year she may be contacted via email at amy,mcdaniel@gosanangelo.Com; twitter or facebook.